Breede River Estuary Photography Competition

In association with

© Jacque Smit

© Mike Dohlhoff

© Jason Oxley

© Jacque Smit

© Jean Tresfon

© Jacque Smit

© Linda Wentzel

© Sijnn Winery

© Jason Oxley

About the Competition

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!

The PowerShot ZOOM is a pocket-sized super zoom monocular camera that shoots stills and Full HD video at the touch of a button. The camera is ideal for bird watching, travel, sports or family days out – right in the palm of your hand. Click here to view the full product specifications.

Adult Photographers Category

All contestants 17 years and older.


Winners of the Adult Photography Category will be awarded the following prizes:

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.

How to Enter

Images must be submitted via email to photo@breede-river.org with the following information:

  • Name and Surname
  • Age (not required for Adult category)
  • Contact Number
  • The area where the photo was taken
  • The camera model and settings used

Meet the Judges

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.

© David Rogers