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Western Cape Interclub Competition 2017

Last night saw the completion of the Western Cape Interclub Photographic Competition for 2017, at an event held in the CR Swart Auditorium at Sanlam’s head office in Bellville. Helderberg Photographic Society were the hosting club, perhaps for the last time as there are moves underway to move to more collaborative  management of the competition; rather than having a single club responsible each year.

The evening commenced with the exhibition of print entries opening for viewing. These prints had been pre-judged a week prior to the final event. The prints will remain on exhibition in the gallery there until 17 November.

After snacks, drinks and the chance to catch up with old friends from other clubs the audience took up their places in the auditorium and the rest of the evening commenced, under the capable guidance of Bernard Seymour Hall. Thank yous were said and some spot prizes awarded before the three winning audio-visual presentations from the AV Challenge were shown. Then it was on to the live judging of the projected images following an AV previewing a selection of the entries to give the judges an impression of the overall nature of the work they were about to judge. As always this AV was produced by Antenie Carstens but due to the larger number of entries did not include all images. Antenie has also produced a full version that runs for 25 minutes and is available by contacting him.

Our judges were Jean du Plessis, Melanie Cornelius and Hansie Oosthuizen and image display and scoring were facilitated by Bennie Vivier of Tygerberg Photographic Society using the TOP system. This allowed the judges to move through the entries quickly and smoothly. Once the judging was completed there was an intermission during which time the scores were copied from Bennie’s computer into a spreadsheet on mine that calculated the various winners. I had brought along a small printer and we were able to print the winner’s names on the certificates and hand them out during the prize giving immediately before everyone went home for the evening. And now, the information you’ve all been waiting for; the winners.

The winning clubs in the print category were

  1. Helderberg Photographic Society – 278
  2. Tygerberg Photographic Society – 266
  3. Tafelberg Fotografieklub – 265

and in the projected category were

  1. Tygerberg Photographic Society – 282 points
  2. Tafelberg Fotografieklub – 275 points
  3. Helderberg Photographic Society – 274 points

with the overall winning clubs being

  1. Helderberg Photographic Society – 552 points
  2. Tygerberg Photographic Society – 548 points
  3. Tafelberg Fotografieklub – 540 points

Christo Giliomee was the star of the competition, winning the print category with “Goodnight” a striking portrait of a leopard, which was also selected as their favourite print by both Jean du Plessis and Hansie Oosthuizen. This image was also judged best wildlife image, winning Christo a fantastic pair of Bushnell Binoculars from Tothills. This was backed up by a second high scoring image, giving Christo the highest accumulated score with 53 points, and winning him an R8,000 Manfrotto tripod from Orms.


Goodnight by Christo Giliomee

Johan Beyers was the winner of the projected category with his fantastic image “Power Falls” that I’m guessing may have been taken in Iceland. We may try to tell ourselves that it is Johan’s ability to travel to exotic locations that frequently sees him among Interclub winners but of course subject is just a small part of the making of an amazing photograph like this.

Power falls

Power Falls by Johan Beyers

Both Johan and our own Danie Coetzee were close runners up for overall top scoring photographer, each scoring a total of 51 points. Each of Danie’s entries was selected as a judge’s favourite, “Everything has an end” being Melanie Cornelius’ favourite print and “Fantasy” being Jean du Plessis’ favourite projected image.


Everything has an end by Danie Coetzee


Fantasy by Danie Coetzee

The other projected images selected as favourites were Magda Frylinck’s “Running in Radiant Rays” selected by Melanie Cornelius and Niël Goslett’s “Family portrait” selected by Hansie Oosthuizen, which also came in third in the projected category.


Running in Radiant Rays by Magda Frylinck


Family portrait by Niël Goslett

The full scores and results can be viewed online at Interclub 2017 Final Results and from there downloaded in your preferred format.


Competition Scores

report-icon-13341A new page has been added to the top menu under the heading Scores, that provides links to reports of all competition scores, starting from January 2017. Each report is a PDF document that can be viewed in your browser or downloaded and has four pages showing;

  1. Projected scores – set subject
  2. Projected scores – open
  3. Print scores – set subject
  4. Print scores – open

Photo competition in support of Helderberg Hospice

HH PosterHelderberg Hospice are holding a photography competition to raise funds. The exact prizes have not yet been announced as they’re awaiting final confirmation but they have been promised a camera as the prize for the overall winner. Once they notify us of the exact prizes we’ll update this post with the details.

I have asked about copyright implications as I know this is of concern to some of our members. This is the answer I received.

As far as copyright goes we only ask (on the entry form which as to be completed in-store at Kodak Waterstone and Somerset Mall) for the right to exhibit the winning photographs at an Open Day at Helderberg Hospice in November. Winning photographs will be sent each month to Bolander, District Mail and the Gordon’s Bay Review for publication. We would also like to post those photos on our Facebook page as part of the promotion of the competition, but we would always credit the photographer for the use of the photo.

Here are some details of the competition. You can also click the image above to see a larger version of the poster.

Life in Full Focus photographic competition

Whether you’re serious about photography or just a happy snapper, your photographs could make you a winner in the Life in Full Focus competition launched by Helderberg Hospice in conjunction with Kodak Superfoto. There are three categories in which to enter and you may interpret them as widely and creatively as you like. Action photo lovers may enjoy entering the Making the Most of the Moment section, while parents as well as those who specialise in macro photography could find their niche in It’s the Little Things that Matter. Anyone who has been stopped in their tracks by a spectacular view or sunset will want to enter the Wow! category.

Photographs must be submitted for development to Kodak Superfoto at Waterstone Village or Somerset Mall by the last Monday of August, September and November. Monthly winners will be announced in the local media the following week and an overall winner of the competition will be announced in November. A R5 entry fee will go towards Helderberg Hospice and an exhibition of winning photographs will be on display at the Hospice during November.

For enquiries contact Patricia McNaught Davis at 082 731 5736 or at patricia@helderberghospice.org.za

Florian does it again

A few months ago we announced that our member Florian Breuer’s fantastic night-time panorama was one of the twelve finalists in a competition. Although the image went on to be one of the top three, it sadly didn’t win. We learned today though that the image has been shortlisted in the Open Competition Panoramic section at the Sony World Photography Awards.

Congratulations to Florian for this achievement and we hope that his image will go on to achieve further honours in this international competition.

UPDATE: Mashable has posted 43 Breathtaking Photos You’ll Never Forget from the shortlisted images and Florian’s image is one of them.

Your vote is needed

voteTwo of our members, Florian and Joshua, and perhaps others I’m unaware of are finalists in the Getaway Gallery 2012 competition. As the competition has now reached the voting stage please go and support our members and the other photographers by voting for the images you really like.

Getaway Gallery 2012 voting

Wiki Loves Monuments Photographic Competition

We have been asked to share the following communication with our members.

I would like inform and encourage you and your society to take part in the Wiki Loves Monuments photographic competition being run by Wikipedia with the support of Heritage Western Cape, the South African Resources Agency and Arts South Africa. The competition requires, simply for a photograph of a monument to be taken and uploaded to Wikipedia.  This competition is currently under way and will run throughout the month of September, with a special upload marathon taking place on Heritage Day 24 September at all museums.

There are prizes for the best provincial and runner up photograph with the winner vying for the national prize. The overall winner for South Africa will then be considered with the best from the rest of the world for the overall, global Wiki Loves Monuments prize.

Besides the prizes this competition will greatly aid in the documentation and protection of our heritage resources, so, again I urge you and you society to take part.

For more information please follow the link below

Kind regards,

Troy Smuts

Heritage Officer (Archaeology)
Heritage Western Cape
Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport

Canon SA Photo Competition ‘11

JJ let me know about this photo competition being run by Canon.

Aspiring and professional photographers and anyone who is happiest behind the lens of their camera will have a chance to express their passion for photography during Canon South Africa’s Photographic Competition launching on 12 September 2011. There are over R150 000 worth of prizes to be won, making it one of the biggest photographic competitions ever run by Canon South Africa.

Entrants can submit their photographic interpretation of one or more of the five themes by the 13th of November 2011. The themes are:

Through a Child’s Eye
It’s in the Detail
Toy Stories

See the web site or this PDF document for more information.