Passion Achieves Award


Now a Windwhistle local, Amanda King lives with her husband (Fraser King) on the King family farm with their two children Greta and Dudley. She is the creative force behind ‘By the Horns’ her business which creates fine art prints and canvases of rural animals, landscapes and seascape images. Amanda takes the photographs herself, completes any post production work, adds them to her profile and sells limited and unlimited edition prints through her online store, attracting customers  worldwide. She also supplies prints to selected retail stores in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Amanda grew up in Australia and met her husband while in Croatia while they were both on their OE’s. She found her passion for photography while teaching for eleven years. Amanda commented that she loves rural life and feels lucky to be surrounded on the farm by the scenery and animals who feature in her photography.

Amanda has recently been named in the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards as the winner of the Emerging Business category. This category is for businesses starting out in their journeys and achieving exceptional results. It is open to businesses that have been running for 2 – 5 years.

Rural Women New Zealand and their premier partner NZI recognise innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial excellence in New Zealand’s rural communities. These Awards provide rural women business owners with an outstanding opportunity to showcase the diversity of their rural businesses. Rural Women New Zealand’s national president Fiona Gower said the standard of entries was high this year.

“Every one of the businesses who entered is a winner in their own right and the judges found it difficult to select the final category winners,” she said.

One of the judges, Christina Chellew from sponsor NZI, said there was also a wide range of businesses. “The judges were highly impressed with the range and calibre of entrants in this year’s awards, especially in the two new categories – Bountiful Table and Rural Health and Wellbeing,” she added. “It is especially pleasing that the award winners are located around the country with three from the South Island and four from the North Island,” she concluded.

A friend of Amanda’s Liv Nell recommended that she enter the Awards, before an interview by a panel of judges decided the category winners. Amanda understands these same judges also decide the grand overall winner, which will be announced at an Awards’ night. Amanda and Fraser will attend the Awards’ function in Wellington on Friday, November 22nd.

Visit Amanda’s Facebook page By The Horns or her website for further information.