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Videos: Watch All 5 Deep Summer Photo Challenge Slideshows from Crankworx Rotorua

Nov 14, 2022
by Ed Spratt  

Words: Crankworx

Rachel is a photographer and mountain bike enthusiast who has been professionally documenting people with her camera for over a decade. While digital still dominates her workflow she has a strong love of shooting film which suits her raw and nostalgic aesthetic. Her images champion the people she is capturing, letting their interactions, emotions and personalities tell the story. Being able to combine her work with her favourite activity is the best of both worlds; she frequently visits Whakarewarewa and it feels like her second home. Trees + people + bikes + cameras = Rachel.

Instagram: @ rach.hadfield


James was born and raised in Rotorua, where he developed a passion for photography by switching from being in front of the lens to being behind, capturing the local environment and events. With this enthusiasm, he has captured what Rotorua has to offer for the everyday residents through to visiting athletes and internationals. As a result, people have come to value not only the memories that his photographs preserve but also the experience and narrative they convey. James has also shot a variety of outdoor and natural settings through still photos and video, including skiing, mountain biking and rock climbing to name a few. James currently resides in the South Island expanding his outdoor passion in photography.

Instagram: @altaexposure


T.White,

just a good ol' boy,
Never meaning no harm
Beats all you never saw,
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day I was born
Railing the berms
Walking the hills
Someday the mountain might get me
But the law never will
Makin' my way
The only way they know how
That's just a little bit more than the law will allow

Thanks CrankWorx for the opportunity and most of all big love to my wife Rebecca our family, wider community my $200 camera and supporters ilabb, Badd, Marin and CXPRacing.

Instagram: @tjwhite1979


Scott Robb is an avid film maker from Queenstown, New Zealand. Bikes and cameras are pretty cool. Even though they are very similar, he tries to keep filmmaking and photography separate. Photography is purely a hobby and a process of being creative and collaborative with friends from behind the lens.

Instagram: @scrobb


Bryce was at high school when he first picked up a camera with any real intent. Fast forward 20 Years and he re-discovered his love for photography initially in Surfing and Seascape, and most recently Mountain Biking. Living in the Wellington / Wairarapa region most of his life, there is no shortage of Coastline and Hills to feed his passion.

What started off as acting on a suggestion from a friend to "just go give shooting Mountain Biking a go….you will love it" turned into a fully fletched passion to shoot biking.

His mantra to shooting is simple...."Get amongst it, be in the moment, be you, have fun and magic will happen"

Instagram: @wilson_and_co

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7 Comments
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 I watched these, and felt like something was missing. Eventually I realised the 'Deep Summer' thing means it's supposed to be the best shots from the photographers summer - but in NZ spring has just started. The shots are a bit samey because they've only had a few weeks to shoot. I know they want to line up with Crankworks, but an autumn comp makes more sense to me.
  • 1 0
 Only runs over 3 days of shooting doesn’t it?
  • 1 0
 @coney: maybe you're right. I didn't check the rules.
  • 3 1
 a photo challenge article with no photos?
  • 6 0
 The photos are IN the videos! - Zoolander
  • 1 0
 Yeh, after watching the whistler ones for years these felt like a whistler tourism promo. The lack of comments says a lot.







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