Honours Results Jun 2017

Congratulations to all our new Honours Holders, your hard work has paid off and now you can use the Honours letters after your name with pride. The successful digital and print applications are published alphabetically below.

Click here if you wanted to download a list of the results.

Click on the author’s name below to view his or her panel of images.  Once on the author’s page, you can enlarge the thumbnails by clicking on them. 

All successful applications will be showcased at Congress in Johannesburg.


Theo van der Merwe – Springs Photographic Club 

APSSA Colour
Louisa van Niekerk – Durban Camera Club
Tania Cholwich – AFO Photography Club

Alma Erasmus – Bloemfontein Camera Club
Andries Tack – Bloemfontein Camera Club
Charlaine Gerber – Witbank Photographic Society
Christiaan Kotze – AFO Photography Club
Gideon Lubbe – Alberton Camera Club
Johan Lamprecht – Bloemfontein Camera Club
Mietsie Visser – Vanderbijlpark Fotografiese Vereniging
Shirley Swingler – Amber Camera Club

Helouise Mulder – Centurion Camera Club
Martilie Weideman – Sasol Highveld Photography Club

Donald Brotherston – Southern Suburbs Camera Club 

APSSA Colour Prints
Johann van der Walt – Sandton Camera Club

Donald Brotherston (Prints – Colour, Digital – Colour, Monochrome)
Tania Cholwich (Digital – Monochrome, Colour, Wildlife)

Eric Thorburn – AV Makers

LPSSA Colour
Elaine Els – Port Elizabeth Camera Club 
Mark Gillie – Prince’s Grant Camera Club

Annemari Coetser – Pretoria Photographic Society
Bruna Mentrup-Nortje – Southern Suburbs Camera Club
De Wet Uys – George Camera Club
Gerry Steyn – Centurion Camera Club
Hannie Stephens – AFO Photography Club
Jacques Blignaut – Randburg Photo Club 
Leo Theron – Magalies Foto Fun Club
Louise Jackson – AFO Photography Club 
Lyn Williams – Sandton Photographic Society
Lynne Kruger-Haye – Tygerberg Photographic Society
Riaan Swanepoel – Nelspruit Photographic Society
Rob Minter – Tygerberg Photographic Society

Llewellyn Louw – Centurion Camera Club


Gerhard Visagie – Kriel Foto Club

To those of you who are still applying, take some time to look at your panel and try to see why it didn’t succeed. If you have credits make sure that your new images are equally as good, if not better. They should also fit comfortably within your panel. You may, and in fact should, change the order of your images to make sure that you present your images in the best order possible.

Balance within the panel is a very important point, this relates to factors such as subject matter, exposure and lighting. A good way of looking at your images is to look at thumbnails, all on the screen at once. You will immediately be able to see which ones look out of place – which are too dark or too light – which ones don’t complement the ones coming before or going after.

Amazing as it seems but you can also pick up processing errors by looking at the thumbnails, particularly heavy vignetting, excessive use of burning and dodging and excessive use of techniques such as highlights and shadows.

This is however just one step in the self assessment process. You should also carefully look at your images blown up to 100% on your monitor to make sure that you have done your processing correctly and don’t forget, your panel is not going to be judged on a monitor but it is going to be projected, so small problems will become big problems. Try to see your images projected before submitting them, as long as your club has a correctly calibrated projection system you will be able to get a good idea of what the judges are going to see.

A number of new rules were introduced last year but not everyone read them – while we have been lenient, be warned this is not going to continue – as a reminder they are:

1) all applicants may only submit one application at a time, regardless of the medium

(this was introduced to allow everyone an equal chance as numbers are increasing at each session and we are having to limit the number to ensure that they are all judged fairly).

2) no new digital applications may be submitted in the 1024 x 768 format.

(this format will be phased out totally at the end of January 2018 in line with modern trends. Only those applications currently in the system will be allowed to continue till that time).

As you will see there is no rule number 3 and this is because after discussion it was agreed to allow commercial print applications at this time.

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make sure that the process runs smoothly with Helen Wilkins, Charmaine Joubert and I being the hard working backroom workers in Port Elizabeth, Francois Roux, Johann van der Walt, Jannie de Beer and Elsa Brits in Vanderbijlpark and of course the judging teams who come from all over. Our judges this time round were Martin Barber, Johan Brits, Antenie Carstens, Chris Daly, Evelyn Gibson, Johan Hosten, Hendrik Louw, Koot Marais, Francois Roux, Nico Smit, Francois van der Watt & Pieter Venter. For the Audio Visual Judging our judges were Antenie Carstens, Chris Daly, Ria Katzke, Jeff Morris & Johann van der Walt. 

Thank you very much to all of you!

Remember – closing date is just over five months away so you do need to start work now, don’t leave it till the last moment.


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