NewsJaymie Challis’s photo of her three-year-old son Nixon fishing with her brother Trent at Butchers Dam, was the winning shot in the Fish & Game NZ’s Licence photo competition.Stunning image wins Fish & Game competitionA stunning late afternoon photo of a boy and his uncle fishing has won the inaugural Fish & Game NZ Fishing Licence photo competition.
Jaymie Challis’ photo of her three-year-old son Nixon fishing with her brother Trent at Butchers Dam in Central Otago beat all others to win.

The photograph was one of four monthly winners which went for public vote to decide which photo would be used as the image for the 2020/21 fishing licence.

Winning the main competition means Jaymie receives an additional $2000 from Kilwell Sports on top of the $500 she won for winning the January competition.

There were hundreds of entrants, with a total of 276 being considered by a judging panel over four months. The competition, which ran from January 1 to April 30, resulted in four monthly winners being posted to Fish & Game NZ’s Facebook page where the public voted on the winner.

Winning by a margin of 481 votes, Challis was over the moon at scooping first place. She only started taking photos a year ago and has the goal of becoming a professional photographer in the future.

The picture was taken during a family holiday to Central Otago late last year and they had decided to have a day out fishing at Butchers Dam, about 10 minutes from Alexandra.

“The guys were out enjoying themselves and everything just lined up, and with a spectacular backdrop it made for a great photo,”

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Jaymie says.

Award winning news photographer Peter Meecham, who was one of three judges that decided the monthly winners, said it’s “a really beautiful shot, that all three judges said we would have been proud to have taken ourselves.”

Long-time New Zealand outdoor wholesaler Kilwell Sports sponsored the photo competition, offering in total $4000 in prizes, making it one of the biggest photo competitions in New Zealand in terms of prize money.

Kilwell Sports’ South Island rep, Simon Emmerson, left, about to present the David Hallet Trophy to Jaymie Challis, winner of the inaugural F&G NZ Licence photo competition.
Long-time New Zealand outdoor wholesaler Kilwell Sports sponsored the photo competition, offering in total $4000 in prizes, making it one of the biggest photo competitions in New Zealand in terms of prize money.

“We are really happy to be able to support Fish & Game’s competition and Jaymie’s photo was a stunner; in fact, all the monthly winners were fantastic photos and any of them would be a worthy winner,” Simon says.

Jaymie was also presented with the David Hallett Trophy for the Fish & Game NZ Licence Photo Competition.

David Hallett, an internationally renowned and award-winning news and wildlife photographer, was one of the first photographers for the Fish & Game magazine and sadly passed away unexpectedly in 2016.

Former colleagues of Mr Hallett created the trophy and gifted it to Fish & Game NZ so that it could be presented to the winner of the Licence Photo Competition each year and displayed at the Regional Fish & Game Office where the winner is from.
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Black Market Bust
A stunning late afternoon photo of a boy and his uncle fishing has won the inaugural Fish & Game NZ Fishing Licence photo competition.
Hanhui Wu (35) appeared in the Wellington District Court on August 7 for sentencing on 46 fisheries charges related to illegally purchasing paua, sea cucumber and rock lobster from a diver. He was sentenced to the maximum of six months’ community detention at his home from the hours of 7.30pm until 6.30am. He was also ordered to do 100 hours’ community work and to pay a $10,000 fine.

A Ministry for Primary Industries investigation discovered that Mr Wu was a purchaser of illegally harvested seafood sold by diver Ola Melesala for more than a year, ending in February 2018.

Melesala pleaded guilty to selling the seafood to Mr Wu and was sentenced to seven and a half months’ home detention in June last year.

This sentencing was one of the results of an MPI investigation which targeted poachers of paua, sea cucumber and rock lobster, mainly on Wellington’s South Coast.

During the investigation, fishery officers obtained a vast number of evidential text messages. It was found that Wu and Melesala exchanged over 400 texts which showed Hanhui purchased 3,525 paua, 2,040 sea cucumber and 57 rock lobster. Wu claimed the text messages were a joke and that he was just playing along with Melesala.
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