Auctioneers battle it out at the 2015 Barfoot & Thompson Auctioneers' Championships

Competition was fierce at the fifth annual Barfoot & Thompson Invitational Auctioneers' Championships, as 19 senior and novice auctioneers battled it out for the number one spot.

The championships give auctioneers from New Zealand and Australia an opportunity to practice their skills in the lead up to the REINZ National Real Estate Auctioneers Championships held on 15 and 16 June in Auckland.

Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson said that the competition gives seasoned auctioneers the opportunity to hone their skills, and aspiring auctioneers the chance to get a feel for running an auction themselves.

Watch the auctioneers battle it out 

The 2015 winners

Senior competition

Winner: Justin Nickerson - Apollo Auctions, Queensland

Also in the Top 4:

Novice competition

Winner: Dan Manford, West Harbour

Second place: Ross Girven, Mt Eden

Third place: Chris Swann, Panmure

How are the winners decided?

Contestants were judged on a variety of criteria including style, personality, empathy, how they describe the property and handle questions, and the full bidding process from start to finish. 

The winners were chosen by three senior, independent Australasian and New Zealand championship judges.

Barfoot & Thompson Auction Manager Campbell Dunoon said that to win was "a considerable achievement."

"It takes skill, hard work and a commitment to striving and adapting to be announced champion," he said.

Selling by auction is one of the most popular methods of sale and continues to grow in popularity. In the past year, Barfoot & Thompson auctioneers called in excess of 8,200 auctions, up from 2,500 in 2006.