On Monday the 13th of February 2017 a pair of fires broke out on the Port Hills of Christchurch. Firefighters battled the flames for multiple days and when a change in wind direction created favourable conditions for the fire on Wednesday the 15th of February the two fires merged and drastically increased in size. Not long after a state of emergency was declared and the fire threatened the residents of several urban suburbs. With the helicopters unable to fight the fire during the night, the fire spread rapidly culminating in it's peak during the night. This photo shows the front of the fire spreading from Sugarloaf on the left to Westmorland on the right.
This image gained a lot of attention by the media and the public as it showed how terrible and dangerous the situation really was and put the size of the fire into perspective. It was displayed by numerous New Zealand and international media agencies and stands to be one of the iconic depictions of this moment in Christchurch history.
Battle of the Elements
Helicopter pilot Steve Askin lost his life in a tragic crash while fighting the Port Hills Fire. This photo of Steve was taken on the first night of the fire which showed the bravery and skill it took to tackle the ever growing flames.
These photographs are now available for purchase as stretch wrap canvas prints on 30mm timber frame or photographic paper prints.
Every print of the Battle of the Elements image sold includes a donation to the Askin family to help them in their time of need.
Please see the Give a Little page for more information or if you would like to make an additional donation.
Donation amounts are based on order amounts:
Orders up to $99 include a $20 donation
Orders up to $149 include a $30 donation
Orders up to $199 include a $40 donation
Orders more than $200 include a $50 donation
All prices are gst inclusive and include free shipping within New Zealand. Typical turnaround from ordering to receiving your print is 15 working days. Please contact me for a quote for shipping on international orders.
Custom size photographic and canvas mounts can be made to order. Please contact me with your requirements and I will get back to you with a quote.
High resolution jpeg digital copies of the image can be purchased for personal use or commercial licensing please contact me for prices