The Breede River Estuary Photography Competition is aimed at showcasing and promoting the natural beauty of the estuary and its surrounding landscape. We have opened the competition to all age groups and submissions are allowed from the greater lower Breede region , including Riviersonderend, Swellendam, Buffeljags, Bontebok National Park, Malgas, Infanta, Witsand, the Potberg, and the De Hoop Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area.
A panel of four well known and experienced photographers will judge the competition and there are big prizes up for grabs!
The competition shall remain open throughout the winter season, ending on the 30th of September 2023. Winners will be announced on Friday, the 13th of October 2023.
Categories and Prizes
Young Photographers Category
All contestants 16 years old or younger.
The winner of the Young Photography Category will win a Canon PowerShot ZOOM to the value of R3000!
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Adult Photographers Category
All contestants 17 years and older.
Winners of the Adult Photography Category will be awarded the following prizes:
to the value of R5,000.
Case of Sijnn Flagship 2015 Red Wine
to the value of R3,000.
AfriTrail Eland Mega Camping Chair
to the value of R750.
Rules and Requirements
The Breede River Estuary Photography Competition is hosted by the Lower Breede River Conservancy Trust (LBRCT). By entering this competition all contestants give the LBRCT permission to share all images through the judging process as well as to use the images for the ongoing promotion of the LBRCT, including the publication of a 2024-year calendar.
All entries must adhere to the following rules:
The theme of the competition is to showcase and promote the natural beauty of the Breede River Estuary and its surrounding landscape. Images displaying evidence of fauna or flora that has been disturbed, moved or harmed will not be considered.
All images must be taken within the Lower Breede River region, including Riviersonderend, Swellendam, Buffeljags, Bontebok National Park, Malgas, Infanta, Witsand, the Potberg, and the De Hoop Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area.
All images must be no less than one megabyte (1 MB) in size.
Only .JPEG or .PNG image file formats will be accepted.
Images may be processed in an acceptable manner. No overly edited or photoshopped images will be considered.
Watermarked images will not be accepted; however all photographers will be credited.
If you are 16 years old or younger your submission will only be considered for the ‘Young Photographer’ category.
A maximum of ten image submissions are allowed per person.
Images will be judged according to the following: Originality, impact, storytelling ability, technical quality and ethics. Images that do not adhere to the rules will not be considered.
Jean Tresfon is a marine conservationist specialising in underwater and aerial photography. He is also a proud homeowner in the small village of Infanta at the mouth of the Breede River. Being a local allows Jean to regularly fly his gyrocopter along the Breede Estuary and the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the hope of photographing some of the diverse aquatic and terrestrial animals that inhabit the region.
David Rogers has worked as a professional photographer for 35 years, particularly in the travel and environmental field. His work has appeared in numerous publications, most notably Getaway where he worked for 7 years as well as Africa Geographic, Travel Africa and others. He has written and photographed 15 books including Southern African Living Landscapes and has led photographic safaris in Zambia, Kenya, Botswana and Southern Africa for more than 20 years. With a deep love for the Breede, David has been visiting the area since the early 70s and serves as a trustee of the Lower Breede River Conservancy Trust.
In 1996 Chris Fallows was the first person to discover and photograph the now famous breaching Great White Sharks of South Africa. It was this discovery that bridged the gap between Chris being a wildlife naturalist to a dedicated photographer intent on capturing this never before seen behavior in order to showcase and bring it to the world. Chris' interest in the natural world brought him to the Breede Estuary decades ago, which he has been visiting ever since.
Jason Ormrod, the Managing Director of ORMS, has been instrumental in the growth of South Africa's premier retail photography and camera equipment store. Being one of the very early adopters of market trends such as the
photobook market, ORMS has become a player that is consistently looking
at pushing the boundaries and setting the trend for new innovations.