Interview with Kalen Acquisto, our contest winner!

Last week, we hosted a photography contest to celebrate the relaunch of NZ Photographer. We received the most stunning submissions on both our Excio app and NZ Photographer's website. We'd like to thank you all for participating. We value your work and want to share it with as many individuals around the world as possible - we believe that this, and more, is what your photographs deserve.

Our favourite submission was created by the talented Kalen Acquisto from Colorado, who is currently residing in New Zealand. Kalen's portfolio is diverse, ranging from eye-catching portraits to breathtaking photographs of nature. Her love for New Zealand is very evident in her photos, which glow with inspiring colors and inspire us to travel as much as we can. We're thrilled to feature her on our blog and hope her outlook on life and photography motivate you in endless ways.

Please introduce yourself to our community!

I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and have been living in Wellington and working for Garage Project for a couple years now. I have a love for good beer, going to gigs and discovering new music, cooking, surfing/swimming, travel and I am obsessed with outdoor adventure that photography inspires.

When I was just a few years old, dad would drop me off in my leotard at Grannyma Kit's after gymnastics, and she would hand me her 1981 Olympus 35mm to capture the butterflies and bees buzzing through her garden. This is one of my earliest memories of capturing the fleeting moments. My relationship with photography as a way to document life and connect with the natural world really developed with time as I gained a true love for exploring the outdoors and learned of life’s finite nature