The Alligator wins gold at NATEX!

26 Mar 2015 | Categories: blog | Posted by: Peti Morgan

I am still quite shocked and overwhelmed as I write this, but I have just found out the news that my image The Alligator has been awarded a gold medal in the PSNZ Canon National Exhibition 2015 (NATEX).

The Alligator takes home one of just a handful of NATEX trophies – the Arthur Bates Trophy – which was presented by the esteemed Woolf family in 2011 to PSNZ in memory of Arthur Bates Hon. FPSNZ, APSNZ, ARPS.

The Alligator

The Alligator

Champion Monochrome Projected Image: Arthur Bates Memorial Trophy & PSNZ Gold Medal
Peti Morgan LPSNZ – The Alligator

During my time as a member of PSNZ my images have been steadily gaining Acceptances in national photography salons, but this is the first time an image of mine has received a medal. For it to be a gold medal at NATEX is an exceptional honour. The NATEX exhibition is something the photographic community is very proud of and the quality is consistently outstanding.  In the Projected Images section there were over 800 photographs submitted, of those just four gold medals were awarded.

To add to my feeling of accomplishment is ‘the Peter Lik connection’. Many of you will have no doubt heard of Peter Lik, who has been a huge talking point in the photography and art worlds recently for setting a new world record for the most expensive photograph ever sold. Well to my astonishment and absolute delight I am sharing the awards podium with Peter Lik, as he has taken out the Eric Young Trophy for best overall landscape the second year running.

Yes I did just say that: I’m sharing an awards podium with Peter Lik, photographer of the world’s most expensive fine art print in history….!!! *pinches self*

Yes I’m still finding it all very hard to believe myself.

I was also proud to receive an Acceptance for the following image:

North Island Robin and Leaf, Kapiti Island

North Island Robin and Leaf, Kapiti Island

I must thank my dear friends in The Arcanum for contributing to the final quality of The Alligator image – you can read about how they helped me in this post.

My biggest congratulations to all of the talented and exceptional photographers who were awarded in this year’s NATEX, particularly those receiving medals, and to the NATEX 2015 organisers and judges who worked so hard on volunteered time to make the difficult decisions that need to be made.

Thanks for sharing in my excitement!

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