Nelson Leader : April 11th 2013
3 THE NELSON LEADER, APRIL 11, 2013 NEWS Images make award finals Top work: Nelson photographers Virginia Woolf and Tim Cuff have been shortlisted for Canon Media Awards. Photo: MATT LAWREY By MATT LAWREY ' There are so many aspects to it. There are the people, the action -- I love sports photography -- and just the opportunities you get. You get thrown into everything. ' Nelson photographers Vir- ginia Woolf and Tim Cuff have been named finalists in the 2013 Canon Media Awards. Virginia is a finalist in the jun- ior category and Tim has been shortlisted in the best photo story category. Virginia, who works for The Nelson Mail and The Leader, left a successful career in food tech- nology in 2010 and spent a year studying photography at Massey University in Wellington before landing the job of weekend pho- tographer two years ago. A mother-of-one, Virginia loves the work. There are so many aspects to it. There are the people, the action -- I love sports photography -- and just the opportunities you get. You get thrown into everything,'' she said. Virginia's awards entry included shots of sport, a whale stranding and portraits. She is thrilled to have made it to the final of her category. I'm really excited, actually. I was stoked when I found out,'' she said. Tim's entry focussed on the Nel- son floods of 2011 and includes photos published in a range of newspapers and magazines. Originally from Britain and a father-of-two, Tim studied pho- tography straight out of high school and started his career in 1987 on The Exmouth Journal. Tim's career highlights include two working trips around the world with his wife, writer Fiona Terry, one of which was an assign- ment for The Independent on Sunday that saw them spend a month travelling around the globe. It was the coolest commission ever,'' he said. Another memorable assignment was working as part of a team for The Times photographing the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997. It was very difficult because photographers weren't very popu- lar at the time. My job was to min- gle with the crowd and there were quite a few not very nice com- ments,'' he said. Tim said he enjoyed working as a freelancer because of the free- dom it gave him and the chance it gave him to get deeply involved in what was shooting. When you have the luxury of time you can do a better job and that's pretty satisfying,'' he said. The winners of the 2013 Canon Media Awards will be announced at a black tie dinner in Auckland on May 10.
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