Snapping the beauty of rural New Zealand

Looking across towards the Te Uku wind turbines. Photo: Meghan Maloney.

Meghan Maloney has battled the elements in some of the most remote parts of the country, all in the name of the perfect shot.

What began as a hobby soon became a profession for the Cambridge photographer – she has become a well-known name in the New Zealand photography world.

Landscape photographer, Meghan Maloney, at her Cambridge home. Photo: Catherine Fry.

“All I wanted to begin with was to share decent family photos on my blog for our overseas family,” says Meghan.

When she moved to Cambridge with her husband and two children in 2015, Meghan soon realised how perfect central Cambridge was for photography adventures.

“Either coast is only an hour away, and in between Auckland and Taupō, there are mountains, forests, waterfalls and beautiful rolling countryside.”

Meghan is self-taught, through thousands of hours of practice, and learning from fellow photographers.

A tripod is essential for landscape photography, and she also uses lens filters to add an element of art to her images.

In 2018 Meghan’s sunrise image of Pouakai Tarn in Egmont National Park was a finalist in the Sony Alpha Awards for New Zealand and Australia.

This year, Meghan has transitioned from being a full-time accountant to professional photographer running her own workshops all over New Zealand. She is a Sony ambassador, has her images gracing all the Waipā District billboards, and will herself be a judge of the 2021 Sony Alpha awards for the second year running.

The pursuit of her passion has taken her to some of the remotest and most beautiful parts of the country in all weathers.

Among her favourite places are Bridal Veil Falls in Raglan, Jones Landing in Arapuni and the Mangakara Nature Walk in Pirongia.

“I’ve walked famous tracks in the South Island, and shivered in below zero temperatures for sunrises and astrophotography opportunities,” says Meghan.

“I love sharing NZ with others and helping them on their photography journey.”

Dairy cows near Lake Ngaroto. Photo: Meghan Maloney.


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