2019 Winners

Photographer of the year 2019 and Fine Arts Category Winner:

Hein Waschefort

Title: Where the moon and tusks collide

About: The images used were taken over a number of years with various equipment which include Fujifilm, Canon and Nikon, I am not brand branded having a photography school with above mentioned in-house cameras and on field trips I would switch bearing the lenses I have in mind, serious telework is done with the Canon 6D and landscapes mostly with Fujifilm X-T1. I think the most important singular element of this image is my laptop and Photoshop. This is just a fun Surrealist compilation inspired by Salvador Dali.

Uuuuuup Elizabeth Cook

Abstract Category Winner:

Elizabeth Cook

Title: Uuuuuup

About: Taken from the 15th floor of an apartment complex, I immediately knew the potential photo I wanted. With slanted lines down the stairs, the lines in the parking area, the wheelchair logo – and I saw it in black and white. One half of the stairs mirrored using Affinity program, and it had to be with the smallest part (eg the ground) at top of the photo with the heavier “Base” (actually the top of stairs). At this stage, I immediately knew what the title should be – making the viewer look and look again!!! Canon EOS 700D | F5 | 1/800 sec | ISO 100 | Focal length 44mm | Metering mode pattern | No flash | Aperture priority | Saturation normal | Sharpness hard | WB auto

2-CONCEPTUAL WINNER André Badenhorst, Silvablack 01

Conceptual Category Winner:

Andre Badenhorst


About: The Image was shot for Rap Artist SILVABLACK for promotional purposes. Fujifilm GFX 50S | ISO 100 | F9 | 1/30

Editorial Category Winner:

Takumi Wada

Title: Untitled

About: A woman collects recyclable garbage for resale at a dumpsite in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Workers earn about 80Tk (US$1) per day. They are in a poor situation with no health insurance and little government support. Many people survive there with an extremely low income. Canon EOS 5D Mark Ⅲ | Canon EF24-70mm | F2.8L II USM

Fashion Category Winner:

Linda Orsmond

Title: Night2

About: The image was shot at the Venice Carnival using a Canon 5D mark 2 with a 24 -105mm lens.

Land & Urban Scapes Category Winner:

Udo Kieslich

Title: Milky Way

About: This Milky Way image was photographed in the Cederberg in the Western Cape, South Africa. The foreground was photographed separately after sunset, to obtain a deeper depth of field and a torch was used to paint in the rocks for more detail. The sky was then layered with the foreground in Photoshop. The two puffy clouds to the right of the Milky Way are the Large Magellanic Cloud and its neighbour and relative, the Small Magellanic Cloud. Nikon D850 + Sigma 14mm f1.8 | Sky: f2.8 | 10″ | 6400 ISO | Foreground: f11 | 242″ | 64 ISO

Portraiture Category Winner:

Thina Zibi

Title: Mother

About: This picture is of a young woman called Nosipho and her son named Masonwabe. I have always admired Nosipho’s delicate energy yet powerful presence – something I really wanted to capture in this image. She also reminded me of other women like my sister who raise their firstborns without their own mothers around. I was always inspired at how effortlessly she raised Maso. I used the the Canon 650D to take this image.

Wedding Category Winner:

Carlien Haywood

Title: The Unanticipated Storm

About: When it comes to destination weddings, you don’t always have the luxury of going back another day to recreate those perfect memories. With a storm following us like a moving tornado, we tried to keep them dry but it got the better of us and we told everyone to embrace the moment. The kid inside of them came out that once upon a time danced around in the rain carefree. Canon 5dMark iv | Lens 24-70mm f2,8 Canon | 1/160 sec | f2.8 | ISO 800

Wildlife Category Winner:

Elize Labuschagne

Title: The jackal strikes again

About: Very creatively named “Mr Jackal”, this guy hangs around the Cubitje Quap waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This is his domain, and he rules it. I spent many hours over several days watching him hunt in the early morning, while he rested over lunchtime as any self-respecting jackal would. His tummy full, picking from the flocks of Burchell’s sandgrouse, Namaqua sandgrouse and doves that frequent his pond. As the water level was quite high, I was hoping for him to make a splash. As soon as he moved, my finger moved too, recording several images of his attack at high shutter speed, sacrificing ISO for speed. The light was very bright, but that is the Kgalagadi for you. As Mr Jackal is darker than his background, I added exposure compensation to correctly expose him, overexposing the background. He obliged with some great (most likely embarrassing for him) splashes and a few (probably too few) successes. Canon 5D Mark IV | Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Mark II | f/7.1 | 1/4000 | ISO 1250 | EV +0.3

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