Paragliding snap wins photo competition

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This stunning composite photo by locally-based Argentinian Lucas Marin has taken out the ‘I love Queenstown’ competition. 

Marin, who wins an all-expenses paid trip for two to Auckland, says his entry was compiled from a couple of shots taken from the same spot up at the Skyline gondola complex. 

The recreational snapper took the photos as part of a project he’s embarked on to shoot a picture from up the gondola every day for a year.

The hotel housekeeper, who paraglides in his spare time, started snapping on July 12 last year after a huge snow dump. 

“I got into time-lapse photography and came up with this crazy plan to take a photo from up the gondola every day for a year. Sometimes you can’t see anything because of cloud.” 

Marin says when he left town to go back to Argentina for 10 days last November he got a mate to continue taking the daily shot. 

Queenstown Airport minority shareholder Auckland Airport, which organised the competition, plans to use Marin’s photograph and others from the more than 500 entries in promotional material in overseas markets. 

A major display of the entries is also planned to run in Earnslaw Park during Winter Festival from Friday, June 22. 

Auckland Airport marketing boss Bridget Spraggon says she’s incredibly pleased with the variety of entries. 

“We got everything from photos that looked like they’d been professionally shot to really great family snaps of people just having a great time in Queenstown. 

“Because of the breadth of photo subjects, we have stuff that will talk to a whole lot of different markets. While the main shot is something we can use for the adventure tourist, others will be good for those looking for a winter escape 
or a scenic helicopter trip.”