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Central Hawke's Bay Celebrated Through a Lens


Friday 15 March 2019


The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has unveiled the highly anticipated results of its photo competition, run over the summer break with Morgan Dysart recently announced as the winner with her stunning photo of Horseshoe Lake.

Launched at the start of summer, the competition was an opportunity for amateur or professional photographers to showcase the best of Central Hawke’s Bay captured through their eyes. Photographers were invited to capture memorable images - from vast landscapes, breathtaking scenes, to images that capture the everyday people and true essence of our amazing district.

The contest attracted 50 images encapsulating the essence of Central Hawke’s Bay – taking in rural settings, beaches and backcountry with the photos showcasing all that is great about Central Hawke’s Bay.

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council were impressed with the competition’s amazing response and engagement. The ‘People’s Choice Award’ attracted 4,332 views on the Council facebook page, received 2,095 positive reactions and was shared 242 times.

Local photographer Morgan Dysart was voted the winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ and was also chosen by Mayor Alex as the Overall Competition winner with her stunning photo of Horseshoe Lake.

Horseshoe Lake is part of Mangarara Station, a country farm in Elsthorpe, and is the stunning view experienced by guests who stay at the Mangarara Eco Lodge. More information available on

Morgan was delighted with winning the competition and received the ultimate prize of a Go Pro in addition to a $100 prezzy card for the People’s Choice Award.

“We are so fortunate in Central Hawke’s Bay to have an abundance of amazing and varied landscapes. I think the competition is a fantastic promotion of the beautiful area we live in,” says Morgan.

The Photo competition ran in conjunction with the successful Central Hawke’s Bay 60 Days of Summer tourism campaign.




Authorised by Chief Executive: Monique Davidson

19 March 2019

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