About the Marike Bruwer Award for Visual Art


How does this competition work?

This Award is presented to honour Marike Bruwer FPSSA(Dux), who passed away on Freedom Day in 2006. Marike was an active PSSA member and served as a member of the Board. She played a major part in an alternative and conceptual view of photography and was part of the team that introduced the Visual Art category as we know it today.

The Visual Art movement originated from photography and uses the medium of photography, 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 excepting that all elements have to be your own.

As per the PSSA definition Visual Art images are those that go beyond the straightforward pictorial rendering of a scene. The image does not have to employ derivative or manipulative techniques to be Creative or Visual Art.

Entry is via Photo Vault Online and is open to all PSSA members and members of affiliated clubs. There is no entrance fee.

Each person may enter a maximum of 4 images.


The winner receives a PSSA Silver medal which will be engraved with the name of the competition, the year, the title and the winner’s name.

Two electronic runner up certificates will be awarded.