The winners of the Botanical Society’s Kirstenbosch 100 Photographic Competition were announced yesterday evening.
An ecstatic Kevin Shields, who was overall winner in the Open Category with his picture entitled – Helmut the Frog, said “I’m in shock because it’s the first time in my life I have entered a competition and I have no professional camera”.
Bruce Lee who won the Under 18 section was too excited to say much more than “I’m feeling great”.
The competition was focused on the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and all photographs entered into the competition had to be of fauna, flora and landscapes in the garden. The photos could be taken with any camera or device.
“The response was fantastic,” said Claude Felbert, a Botanical Society volunteer who was responsible for coordinating the competition. The competition, which included Open and Student categories, had a total of 831 entries including 65 entries in the Under 18’s Section B, with each entrant being allowed to enter up to three images per month.
“It was such a success that we are hoping it will become a regular feature on the Botanical Society calendar,” he said. “We loved the fact that the competition inspired people to come back to the garden again and again.”
The top 51 photos from both categories are on display at the Botanical Society Conservatory at Kirstenbosch until the 5th of December.
“We are extremely grateful to ORMS Pro-Photo Warehouse, who sponsored the printing and a prize for the photographic club with the most entries, as well as to Canon South Africa which sponsored the grand prizes of a Canon 60D camera for the Section A winner and a Canon G1X for the Section B winner” Felbert said. Monthly prizes were provided by some of Kirstenbosch’s Big Six partners, including Groot Constantia, the Waterfront and Table Mountain Cableway co, as well as by StruikNature and Wine of the Month Club. The memorable evening was rounded off with a beautiful selection of wines very generously sponsored by Groot Constantia.
Complete list of winners:
Overall Section A Winner
Kevin Shields – Helmut the Frog
Jeanette du Toit – Gently Stroked With Sun’s Rays
3rd Antonio Serrao – Floral Waltz
4th Jeanette du Toit – Malachite Sunbirds Love Dance
5th Jeanette du Toit – Face to Face
6th Michelle Nel – With Attitude
7th Frank Krammacher – Magenta Reflection
8th Jacques Kloppers – Flower Storm (shared)
8th Howard Langley – Spotted Prinia (shared) (Howard is a resident of the Scenic South. See his photograph submitted to the Scenic South last year of a boomslang eating a young dove here)
10th Howard Langley – Sunbirds at Play
11th Bipin Prag – Rocket Protea
12th Neil Overy – Strelitzia Spectrum
Section B Winner
Bruce Lee – I Got You
2nd Lily van Rensburg – Flutterby
3rd Nicole Shand – Nowhere to Hide
Monthly winners were:
Section A: Kevin Shields – Helmut the Frog
Section B: Jamie Gregory – Up Close and Personal
Section A: Mike Wrankmore – Transformed
Section B: Lily van Rensburg – Flutterby
Section A: Jeanette du Toit – Praying Mantis Feeding
Section B: Nicole Shand – Nowhere to Hide
Section A: Jeanette du Toit – Waratah
Section B: Caroline Koen – Soft and Fuzzy
Section A: Mike Wrankmore – The Pollinator
Section B: Philip Nel – Untitled
Section A: Jeanette du Toit – Face to Face
Section B: Bruce Li – I Got You