Geoff Beals APSNZ
I have been a photographer since I was about 10 years old and became enthusiastic about my photography as a young man. When I had taught myself all I could, I joined the Pukekohe Franklin Camera Club in 1988 and began to truly appreciate the value of good composition and the art of image evaluation.
I joined the Photographic Society of New Zealand in 1993, then became a PSNZ accredited judge in 1995, and a member of the nature panel in 2007. I gained my PSNZ associateship in 2016. I have judged extensively at local, regional and national levels.
I am passionate about nature photography, and volunteer as a guide on Tiritiri Matangi Island where I have ready access to good New Zealand wildlife. My work there as both a guide and as a member of the Kokako Monitoring Team, provides me with regular opportunity to photograph some of our rarest birds, and I consider this a great privilege.
Developing my image assessment skills remains a work in progress. I really enjoy evaluating other people’s images and find it stimulating as it helps hone and feed my own photography. I am looking forward to serving the international photographic community as a judge for PSNZ’s first international salon.