“Christchurch: From The Streets” Features My Photo

I’m going to have my 3 seconds of fame on TVNZ this weekend! Not that I’m counting till 900

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a small production company in Christchurch, New Zealand, working on a TV show on the city’s recovery after the earthquakes 4 years ago. The trailer speaks for itself I find (getting goose bumps all over from Nadia Reid‘s soundtrack):

Now how did I get my 3 seconds of fame in the upcoming episode 5 of this TV show? Turns out my WordPress SEO efforts start bringing in results. Said production company found me while doing research for image material from the Auckland town hall (must read story if you haven’t done so yet) since one part of their documentation is about the Christchurch town hall and a comparison to other town halls in the country.

As luck would have it, I lived in Christchurch in 2011. I experienced the earthquakes (aftershocks) myself; I saw the devastation, got frightened and considered checking the Quake Map an essential part of my morning routine. But I also experienced the community’s kindness and readiness to help others.

That said, it’s an honour for me to be (a teeny-tiny) part of that show which portrays in an excellent way how people cope with the situation each and every day ever since the first earthquake hit Christchurch 4 years ago.

If you are interested, the show airs on TV ONE, Sunday 11:30am (New Zealand Time). All episodes are available on demand as well.

Being in France now, I sadly can’t watch New Zealand TV on demand. I hope Canterbury Television will get the rights to upload the videos lateron on their YouTube channel, as already done with episode 1 of “Christchurch: From the Streets” which aired end of September. It’s very moving to revisit these places after such a long time!

If you wonder which of my town hall images they finally picked for the show — here you go:


Auckland’s Town Hall organ dates from 1911

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I’m Published: Twenty20 Volume I

It is with great joy that I announce the publication of Twenty20 Volume I: Eighty pages comprised of beautiful photography created by mobile photographers from around the world.

I secured my spot in Edition One last year when winning an audience voting with my Auckland SkyJump photo. The book is glossy, and colourful and it smells like printed photos (remember the times?).

Order your copy now!

People in Motion Finalist

My People in Motion submission of the SkyJump in Auckland. Thank you for your support!

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Photo Challenge: Reflections


Sunrise over Auckland’s Westhaven Marina

It’s been a while since my last submission for the Weekly Photo Challenge on WordPress. But when I read through this week’s topic announcement – Reflections – Ben’s words caught my attention:

Reflection is an important part of growing as a person, and we each find the perfect moments in different places, people or things. […] For me, those moments most often present themselves in the beauty of a landscape […].

Yep, I thought. I couldn’t agree more! Perfect timing to post a photo of today’s sunrise over Auckland’s Westhaven Marina.

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People In Motion Winner


The 5 winners who will get featured in the first Twenty20 book.

I am very excited to announce that my photo for the People in Motion contest on Twenty20 received enough public votes to be among the final 5 winners. Each of us will be featured in the upcoming photo book “Twenty20, Volume 1”. What can I say? Yabba Dabba Doo!!

I hope I can soon share more details on the book. If you want to enter your own work to get featured please visit their official challenge page. There will be several chances throughout November to get your work into “Twenty20, Volume 1”.

A huge thanks to everyone who voted for me!

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People In Motion Finalist

People in Motion Finalist

My People in Motion submission of the SkyJump in Auckland. Thank you for your support!

I am stoked that my photo made it into the final round of the People in Motion contest on Twenty20. The winner of the contest will be featured in the first Twenty20 book about mobile photography. No need to mention that I would LOVE that!

If you like the photo above I would really appreciate your support. Votings are still open and the winner will be announced on November 12th. So yes, there is not much time and every vote counts. Many thanks everyone!

To vote for my photo please use the following link http://twenty20.com/challenges/people-in-motion?user=ae_i

Edit: I made it! Many thanks to everyone who voted for me.