Charlotte Piho at the New Zealand Geographic Photography Awards in Auckland this week. SUPPLIED/ 23102713
Award winning Cook Islands photographer Charlotte Piho has been recognised again for her stunning wildlife photography.
At the New Zealand
Geographic Photography Awards, she won the Electric Kiwi Wildlife award for her
photo of a turtle blowing bubbles.
She also won the People’s
Choice award, which was voted on by over 25,000 people across New Zealand.
There were over 8000 entries for this award.
Piho said that she was
humbled and amazed to win the awards, especially since she arrived at the
awards ceremony just in time.
“Literally got off the plane
from the Cook Islands with my partner Joshua Utanga and walked into a crowded
room filled with many of New Zealand’s top photo journalists and press
photographers,” she said.
“Applauding me as my name
had just been announced as the winner of the NZ photographer of the year
wildlife category was quite emotional.”
Piho said that it is truly
rewarding to be recognised for her hard work and passion for wildlife
She is also proud that her
photo has helped to celebrate and admire one of the Cook Islands’ special
For the New Zealand People’s
Choice award, Piho said that she was completely unexpected.
“I would have been blown
away just placing,” she said. “It’s super cool how one moment I had with Aria,
the turtle, that blew me away and I shared went viral globally. Love too that
she now does this regularly and guests on our family-owned turtle tour get to
experience this in real life.”