When West Australian photographer Michelle McKoy snapped the image above, she never dreamed that it would go into the running to appear on the cover of the US edition of National Geographic Traveler
Michelle submitted the photo to the magazine’s Your Shot competition, and out of more than 34,000 submissions, it was chosen for a place in the final shortlist of 15, a remarkable achievement for Michelle, who had only seriously taken up photography two years before.
‘Last winter, my husband and I were travelling around the South Island of New Zealand in a campervan,’ Michelle says. ‘Our route was specifically planned to take in some of the island’s most spectacular photographic locations.’
Among them was St Arnaud, a small alpine village surrounded by mountains located at the northern end of the South Island. The gateway to Nelson Lakes National Park, the village is situated beside Lake Rotoiti and the local jetty was what drew Michelle. ‘This shot was one of my bucket list photos,’ she says.
‘The photo was taken on a chilly winter’s morning, just as the sun was starting to rise,’ Michelle continues. ‘My husband was having his morning coffee and strolled out to the end of the jetty to take in the serene views. The sprinkling of snow on the jetty was the remains of a huge snow ball that some children had rolled off the end of the jetty the day before.’
Everyone here at the Aus/NZ edition of National Geographic Traveller
would like to offer Michelle their congratulations for her achievement in reaching the finals of the competition. You can see all of the competition finallists here
(The photo was taken with a Canon 6D with a 16–35mm lens.)