Image takes out national comp

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Wakatipu Tramping Club member’s won a national photography award with this dramatic image of Lake Mackenzie taken while walking the Routeburn Track.

Glen Howey’s shot was judged overall winner of Federated Mountain Clubs’ 2018 photo competition, as well as taking out a category.

He was also runner-up and highly commended in other categories.

A North Islander, Howey says after walking the Routeburn last November, “I thought ‘I need to live here at least once in my life’, and within two to three days I decided, ‘I’m going to move to Queenstown’, and I did”.

An experienced photography teacher, he took the winning image on an 11-year-old Nikon D90 – “it works beautifully”.

He’s joined the tramping club “to get out and about and take a few photographs – they know the area like the back of their hand”.

Club president Jude Collett says they’d welcome new members, especially younger ones.

“We have a mix of day and overnight tramping, usually in the area, but often including Fiordland.”

From February, the club will meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at St John’s Frankton rooms.

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