At the 2019 Nelson Conference we celebrated the life of Dick Roberts through the inaugural photo competition.

Dick was a professional photographer, dedicated Tree Cropper, founder in 1973 of the Willing Workers On Organic Farms scheme (now known worldwide as WWOOFing) and in 1975 he helped establish the Nelson Tree Crops Association. 

He travelled extensively taking photos for his collection. Dick’s 300 acre Todd’s Valley Farm was used as an educational centre for conservation and ecology work and for creative land use with an emphasis on tree crops for every microclimate.

There were two categories for the photo competition: 

  • Category 1: A photograph featuring “tree crops”. That is, the trees, shrubs and other plants, produce and products of interest to tree croppers.
  • Category 2: A photo that features “tree croppers”. That is, the people involved in the NZTCA, or members and the public attending tree crop events.


Category 1 Winner: Heather Elias, Wellington

Category 2 Winner and Overall Winner of the Dick Roberts Trophy: Andrew Fenemor, Nelson

Other Entries

Sheryn Clothier, Waikato

Peggy Yates, Northland

Neil Douglas, Wairarapa

Heather Elias, Wellington-Horowhenua

Sheryn Clothier, Waikato

Peggy Yates, Northland

Julie Winter, Wairarapa

Ben Gaia, West Coast

Andrew Fenemor, Nelson