Local photographer Shawn Peng has his image displayed on New Plymouth destination signs. Photo/ Provided

New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) town entrance signs have been upgraded to showcase the beauty of the area, with the help of a local teenage photographer.

The image of Shawn Peng’s Te Rewa Rewa Bridge is now displayed on the six by four meter signs at the entrance to the city, near the corner of Mangorei Rd/Junction Rd and Airport Dr/Devon Rd.

The 18-year-old’s passion for photography set him on the path to success capturing the landscapes, events and people of Taranaki.

Her work has previously been featured on the cover of Live magazine and won second place in the National Stills Photography Competition and third in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Photography Competition.

“It’s an absolute honor to have my work exhibited locally and I’m excited for what the future holds for me on this creative path,” Peng said. “I’m very lucky to live in New Plymouth, with the mountains and surf on my doorstep, to photograph and explore.”

Shawn, who attended New Plymouth Boys High School, started photography in 2014 without any formal training. He eventually joined a class to learn more about the intricacies of fine art photography and has thousands of followers on his social media accounts.

“It’s great to be able to support a young New Plymouth artist and a great way to welcome thousands of locals and tourists to our neighborhood, showcasing all the beauty we have to offer,” says Jaqueline Baker, Group Engagement Manager.


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