With 60 years of experience behind the photography lens, Colin Berry is one of the 2016 inductees to the Addington Harness Hall of Fame.

Christchurch born and bred, Colin lives with his wife Margaret in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby, close to Riccarton Park racecourse and the former Wigram Air Force base, once venue of the Plumpton Park racecourse in earlier days. There is a family link to racing in that his grandfather raced a few good gallopers.

Colin’s photography CV would include :

Colin Berry, camera in hand

Among many changes seen in the business by Colin over the years would be :

Among Colin’s harness racing favourites are :

Christian Cullen 1998 NZ Cup

1961 Addington Fire; 1961 NZFFA Addington Raceway

1965 ID Pacing Final deadheat - Robin Dundee and Jay Ar, Disband third

photo : “pocket rocket“, Courage Under Fire taken at Nevele R Stud where the young stallion is running directly at him in his stallion paddock

Courage Under Fire

Colin’s interests include involvement in harness racing syndicates, reading science fiction and regular overseas trips with his wife.

As will be attested to by all of Colin’s many clients over a considerable number of years, he is always a pleasant and obliging gentleman to deal with. Do retirement plans beckon for Colin?? After sixty years in the photography business, one suspects not just yet although an easing back in duties seems likely.

It seems logical that the name of Berry will remain at the forefront of racehorse photography for many years to come particularly at Addington Raceway and many other South Island tracks. Colin Berry will no doubt continue in some capacity with his son Ajay to uphold a proud family photography tradition. Colin Berry, a well deserved new entrant to the Addington Harness Hall of Fame for his service to the harness racing industry.

October 2016