In the four years since it has been established, the annual Graaff-Reinet Calendar Competition has become an event that is eagerly anticipated by local amateur photographers, both young and old.
This year the calendar will be produced by Country Mouse Design and Prinsloo Photography, divisions of Karoo Marketing. The combination of well-known local photographer Charlene Prinsloo’s input with Nicola Beldon’s design skills should raise the standard of this year’s calendar even higher. Already the annual calendar has become something of a “collectable” amongst local residents, and it makes a wonderful gift for those who love the town.
There are cash prizes on offer for the top three photographs, but the prestige and honour of having one’s photo featured in such a top-quality product is even more of an incentive for most!
Photographs can be of any subject- architecture, people, landscapes- that reflect the beauty and uniqueness of this town, almost surrounded by a nature reserve.
Entries will only be accepted by email, for quality reasons, and should be sent to email@example.com. Photos should be between 1MB and 3MB (72-300dpi), and the photographer’s name, age, contact details should be included, as well as the location where the photo was taken. In order to give everyone a chance, entries are limited to five per person. The closing date is 1 October.
The judges this year are Nicola Beldon, Charlene Prinsloo, Peter Whitlock, Liesl Heunis, Anziske Keyster, and Kim Imrie.
“I would like you remind you that the competition is open to ALL amateur photographers” said Beldon. “With most people having access to a good quality cell phone camera, we are looking for a variety of entries from the horseshoe, townships and surrounding farms. We are looking for photographs representing your daily life in this area, such as the people, animals, architecture and scenery which makes us unique. Please encourage your friends, parents, children and grandchildren to take a new look at our beautiful Graaff-Reinet from a different angle – through the lens of a camera.”