Help Us Find The Best Golden Hour Photos of 2023

We received hundreds of sunrise and sunset photos from across the motu, and have shortlisted our favourite 40! We need your help to vote for the best.

Kasey McDonnell
Creative Team Lead
November 13, 2023

We asked, and you delivered. Hundreds of photographers across Aotearoa New Zealand have submitted in our annual Golden Hour photography competition, and the results are jaw dropping. 

Aro Digital has been running Golden Hour for three years as a wholesome competition to welcome summer with beautiful imagery of the country we live in. It’s our way of brightening everyone’s time online – and celebrating the fantastic photographers searching for the perfect light from Cape Reinga to Fiordland.

Our team has whittled down from over 500 incredible submissions to 40 finalists across four categories. Now, it’s time for you to vote for your favourites. 

We’ve collated the top 40 submissions of sunrises, sunsets, wildlife and wildcards ready for your review. Take a look at them below, visit our voting page, and pick who you think should win in 2023.

Best of all? By voting, you go in to win some incredible prizes from some of our partners, including VIP Hurricanes tickets! 

So what are you waiting for? See the finalists below, get voting, and get your camera ready to enter in 2024.

Sunrise Finalists

Looking for the best sunrises in New Zealand? Check out these gorgeous shots that showcase the beauty of dawn in Aotearoa!

Shellie Evans
Chaise Taylor
Jodine Waghorn
James Hartley
David Prentice
Francis Timkang
Chad Robinson
Tim Sutton
Meli Hirner
Mac Luqman

Sunset Finalists

Where are the best sunsets in New Zealand? These delightful dusk shots have us swooning.

Tracy Duncan
Piyush Patel
Debbie Searle
Letesha Townsend
Leonie Heck
Honey Armstrong
Ellie Morgan
Liv Naylor
Chris Owen
M D Hoffman

Wildlife Finalists

Iconic locations for a golden hour pet photoshoot? Whether you love birds, dogs, or horses, these sunrise and sunset photos put wildlife in their best light.

Chaise Taylor
Michael Ho
Roger Smith
Brendon Doran
Kate Veale
Ani Hackett
John C Vanderloo
Kaden Saywell
James MKT
James Hartley

Wildcard Finalists

The Wildcard category is all about celebrating the unique eye of photographers and the unexpected shots that wow'ed us.

Chaise Taylor
Sophia Haugh
Lisa Grove
Kerri Back
Rachel Hay Webb
Claire Lambert
Tessa Preddy
Nicki Banks
Isaac Walker
Kate Veale
Vote Now

Vote for your favourite Golden Hour photos and be in to win!

Vote for your favourite photos of sunrises, sunsets, wildlife and wildcards in Golden Hour 2023.

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