With 2017 drawing to a close its time to reflect on the year and start planning for 2018.

Its been a busy year for me this year with lots of exciting news along the way.  It’s mainly been macro work this year, and as much as I would have liked it to be more storm and astro orientated, we haven’t had as many opportunities this year to get out under the stars or share Mother Natures stormy stuff.

I entered a few competitions throughout the year and was buzzing when the results came out ………

Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition – awarded a ‘notable image’ for my shot of Torea:

D-Photo Magazine Amateur Photographer of the year – placed 2nd in the Macro category with this image:

NZ Geographic Photographer of the Year – Winner of the ‘Resene Colour Award’ with my little spidy shot:

As always it is interesting to see what the machines come up with and it’s never quite the ones I would have picked but here are Instagram’s best 9 selection for 2017.

Whats 2018 hold……

I am hoping to have a go at focus stacking and have my fingers crossed for some more storm and astro opportunities. I also have just finished putting in a frog pond at home (this was so i didn’t have to risk getting hit by golf balls at the local pond on the golf course). There are at least 10 new green residents so without a doubt there will be more frog shots on the way. In general it will be a year of experimenting more and seeing if I can mix it up a little.

Thank you to everyone for viewing my pictures and for all the support and comments throughout the year.

Wishing you all an exciting and successful New Year and 2018 🙂