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NZIPP Awards 2014 – Travel Category

April 12, 2015 1 comment

Domino (Web) Cats of the Old City (Web)

It has been ages since I have posted anything on this site – I have been far too busy with the photography day job!

I thought I’d start again with a bit of a catch up. Toward the end of last year, I was thrilled to receive five Bronze Awards, one Silver Award, and a Silver with Distinction, at the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography’s 2014 awards. The first two (above) were in the Travel Category: Cats of the Old City (Silver with Distinction), and Domino (Bronze). I have previously posted Domino on this blog before, as well as a variation on Cats of the Old City. Both were taken during travels to Croatia.

I will post my winning images from the Portrait (Classic) Category, and the Illustrative Category, in my next two posts.


Zadar sunset

December 28, 2013 8 comments

Zadar Sunset

If you spend any time in Zadar, on Croatia‘s Dalmatian coast, locals will proudly tell you that, when staying there in 1964, Alfred Hitchcock claimed that Zadar’s sunset was the world’s most beautiful. Well, I don’t know if he was much of an authority on sunsets, but certainly there were hundreds of sun worshippers taking photos of it every night – including me!

Two earlier blog posts are of sunsets in: Istanbul, and Wadi Rum, Jordan.


December 28, 2013 10 comments


The roofs of beautiful Dubrovnik (Croatia) …

The Cats of the Old City

October 6, 2013 19 comments

Croatia Cats

Last Christmas my husband gave me a beautiful book – The French Cat – by NZ animal photographer Rachael Hale McKenna. I was so thrilled with it, as this book combines two subjects that I love the most: old buildings and cats!  Rachael’s book gave me the inspiration to take these images while I was on holiday in Croatia earlier this year. And I was really excited that, shortly after I got back from holiday, I had the opportunity to attend a photography seminar in Auckland given by her.

So, coming back to these images, while in Croatia I found myself taking so many pictures of my furry friends – sadly all of them homeless. But I also had the opportunity to meet one of the most dedicated, loving veterinarians in the city of Split, Jelena Radeljic at Dr. Filipovic’s clinic. Split is such a beautiful city, but unfortunately it doesn’t have an animal shelter yet. Dr Filipovic, Jelena, and their friends and supporters are working really hard on building one soon. I believe that they now have the location permit, however they do need financial support from anyone who believes this is a good cause. For more information please visit their website:

While there at the clinic, I observed how Jelena was caring for the stray animals, sometimes until very late hours of the day, and sometimes even sleeping overnight at the clinic with especially sick ones. It was Jelena who helped us to save a tiny kitten we found on the streets of Split. He was so skinny and hungry, so wet because of the rain, so infected with fleas and parasites, and only a few weeks old. We named him Tisak (meaning ‘Press’ in Serbo-Croatian, as we found him under a newspaper kiosk). Jelena waited for us to arrive at the clinic, and this was around 10pm, as she was treating all the other animals that were arriving after hours. This experience gave us the opportunity to learn more about the difficulties the future shelter is having, and the future the stray animals will have if the shelter doesn’t get built.

But funny enough, all of this couldn’t have been done if it wasn’t for social media. When we found Tisak we didn’t know where the closest vet clinic was or if there was a local animal shelter. So after asking a few locals, and only getting some raised eyebrows in response, we decided to Google the info, like you do these days. And there we found a blog post from Dos Trotamundos, Marco and Kristin – like us, visiting tourists. They had had a similar experience in Split some months earlier, and because of their post we ended up at Dr Filipovic’s clinic and meeting Jelena.

This set of images is a very small selection of some of the stray cats I ran into in the streets of Croatia – mainly in the old parts of Split and Dubrovnik. This post is dedicated to Dr Filipovic, Dr Jelena Radeljic and all the stray animals. I hope that the Split shelter gets up and running soon. I feel happy that tiny Tisak is now receiving good care, having been fostered out by the clinic.

PS: Since I wrote this post above, bloggers Our Adventure in Croatia have published an interview with Marco and Kristin which includes an update on progress in building the Split animal shelter.

Ghetto, Gold Award – Travel Category (NZIPP Awards 2013)

August 4, 2013 17 comments


And finally, this image was taken in the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.