Southern Alps Sunset by Lydia Sutcliffe

My parents have a house where the backyard looks out towards these beautiful Southern Alps (Mount Hutt). My father and I went for a walk as the sun started to set, before crossing the bridge we definitely had to snap some photos as it looks surreal. The Rakaia River/Gorge looked so crystal clear and blue, it was truly stunning.

Mintola SRT with EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS | Exposure 1/320sec @ f/5.6 | ISO 160 | Focal Length 2

Award Winner
Photo of the Day

Award Date
June 28, 2020



Value 12
Clarity 12
Composition 16
Style 12
Skill 11

Award Category
Travel Photography

Photograph Location
Rakaia Gorge, Christchurch, New Zealand

I am a 26 year old who has constantly had a passion for photography and loved doing it for fun and now partially work. I did A & A2 level Cambridge photography exams and came first in the class for two years in a row, selling work picked out by my teacher. Now, at 26, my father gifted me his old Minolta camera, which I had never shot on, or had ever used film. Since then, I have been in love with film photography and am awaiting a new polaroid to come through also.

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36 reviews
  1. Rikki-leigh
    Rikki-leigh says:

    What a beautiful landscape shot. The colour, light and depth this image captures speaks many words. Love the perspective angle of the bridge heading through the forest. The multicoloured tones from sky to River.
    Very talented capture, picture perfect.

  2. Sasha Godman
    Sasha Godman says:

    This evokes romance, home, hope and warmth, what I would do to wander across this bridge and feel so small in such a beautiful part of the world, stunning work.

  3. Kaitlin
    Kaitlin says:

    This photo perfectly captures a romantic night I long for, holding the hand of my significant other and whispering sweet nothings to each other. Beautiful photo.

  4. Terry Sutcliffe
    Terry Sutcliffe says:

    This is one of our great heritage bridges, and Lydia has captured the essence of the bridge and it’s environment very artistically…incredible photo…

  5. Elliott Bezencon
    Elliott Bezencon says:

    this photo is beyond words, the colours compliment each other to evoke such powerful emotion. you have a brilliant eye!


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