Hawke's Bay Today photographer Paul Taylor has been announced as a finalist in the Best Feature Photo category at this year's Canon Media Awards.
His dramatic shot of Maraetotara bronco rider Richard Mills, readying himself to be thrown from his mount, was snapped during the Saddle Bronc event at Wairoa's A & P Show in January last year.
The 48-year-old, who had worked as a photographer for Hawke's Bay Today for nine years, said he was rapt to be singled out.
"It's just great to be getting this sort of recognition," Mr Taylor said. The photograph was one of three vying for the ultimate prize.
Twenty-eight judges from throughout New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and the United States assessed the work and selected the finalists and winners.
Winners will be announced at the annual black-tie awards dinner at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on May 10.