Marike Bruwer Award for Visual Art (Photography)
This award is made in honour of Marike Bruwer. She was an active Dux PSSA member and director during her time here with us. She played a major part in an alternative and conceptual view of photography and led the way for others. Those who knew her will remember how she went forward.
2014 WINNER: Francina Swart from Swellendam Photographic Club with “At a gallop”
2nd: Hanli Smit from Edenvale Photographic Society with “Ghost of Magritte”
3rd: Alicia Greyling from Tafelberg Fotografieklub with “Creatures of the dark”
It is a couple of years now since we have said farewell to Marike – and yet, the entries for the “Marike Bruwer Award”, still increase every year. I have experienced more creativity in the work than ever before. The mere use of filters is on the decline. Many hours of post processing is noticed, and with great success. It will always be a great achievement to “win” this annual award, and this year, there are a couple of winners. I am not a fan of remote judging, and would always want to hear and get the opinions of other judges on “why” and so forth. Unfortunately, in the case of this award, the judges, who are Marike’s friends, are all scattered, and judging cannot be done as a group together.
Izak van Niekerk (South Africa)
I was surprised to see so many entries this year. The quality overall was also very high. Some really outstanding images showed the beauty and feeling of visual arts.
My honest feeling is that, had Marike Bruwer still been with us today she would have been very proud to have her name linked to this competition.
This is a wonderful way of remembering Marike whose love and passion was photography. May this competition still go from strength to strength and may we never forget who Marike Bruwer really was.
Johan Kloppers (South Africa)
I would first like to say that I was quite impressed with the quality and the number of images submitted this year. It seems to me there were quite a few more images entered this year compared to previous ones which in a way continues to keep Marike`s memory alive as I still often think of her and her influence on creative
photography. She certainly was an avant-gardiste, wiser beyond her years!
Diane Skinner (Canada)
It was good to see an increase in the number of entries in honour of Marike. I do feel however that more attention must be given by entrants to the briefing or definition of the category. Although we do not like to “disqualify” images as such, some did not fit very well in a visual art category. Even so, there were enough images to make this year’s event a success allowing the participants to maximise their creativity. Congratulations to the winners!
Antenie Carstens (South Africa)