Two Bay photographers have achieved success in one of the country's leading photography awards.
Bay of Plenty Times photographer Mark McKeown took out the Photojournalism category at the Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards.
Jake Thomas of Waihi won the Wedding Classic category at the awards, which were announced in Christchurch last night.
Chair of NZIPP Honours, Kaye Davis, said the overall standard of this year's awards was "exceptionally high''.
"Judges recognised this with a total of 763 awards presented, including four gold distinctions and 40 gold awards,'' she said.
Queenstown's Jackie Ranken was named NZ Photographer of the Year 2012.