2015.03 marike bruwer 925


Marike Bruwer Award for Visual Art (Photography)

Closing date for submissions is 9 September 2018 

All PSSA members are invited to submit digital images for the annual Marike Bruwer Award in honour of her contribution to photography and service to the PSSA.


Marike passed away on Freedom Day in 2006. She was an active PSSA member and director during her lifetime and held a FPSSA (Dux) honours with the Society. She played a major part in an alternative and conceptual view of photography and led the way for others.



The visual art movement uses the photographic medium and its various approaches and philosophies to create a more interpretive approach to photography itself. The photographic techniques, materials and processes still dominate the final image.
Photographers are encouraged to explore the photographic medium and use it to communicate their own personal vision incorporating feeling, senses and imagination to the viewer.

The photography is not restricted in any way, neither in subject matter or manipulation during the taking or reproduction stages of the photography. Images have to communicate a personal statement about the subject, conveying a mood, emotion or other meaning which goes beyond that of an objective record.

NOTE: The often unjustified use of filters in image editing software does not necessarily create a visual art image automatically and is no guarantee for success, so be careful when applying filters or manipulative techniques of this nature.

To check again if you're on track with the interpretation:

-  image should communicate a personal statement,
-  image should convey a mood, an emotion etc,
-  emphasis on creativity, imagination.

Closing date for submissions is 9 September 2018:

Resize your images according to Photovault specifications.
Please email entries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The judges for 2018 are:

Diane Skinner (Canada), Adri van Oudheusden (South Africa), Don Martel (Canada), Hein Waschefort (South Africa), Johan Kloppers (South Africa).

Winners will be announced at the PSSA congress in Port Elizabeth and an AV of all entries will be shown at the congress.



Winner:  Charlaine Gerber with her image "Only know you love her when you let her go"

2017.11 01st winner 2017


Second place - Francina Swart with "Beautiful noise"

2017.11 02nd


Third place - Martin Barber with "Natures Child"

2017.11 03rd

Good luck!
Antenie Carstens