Junior Club Competition Winners October 2021

AFO Photography Club Andre Venter Emotional baggage of a teenager

Andre Venter from AFO Photography Club is our October winner!

Andre, congratulations on your winning image – Emotional baggage of a teenager


Andre says:
As the father of a son who had just turned 13 (model in this photo), the story behind this photo is very close to home for me.

Recently so many teenagers have gone missing in our community and surrounding areas. Many times, it is out of free will that these teens leave home, but unfortunately due to external factors. The latest young lady was from my son’s school. His reaction to the teen leaving home made me feel so proud of the extremely open channel of communication we have with our boy, but it also made me realize how many teens out there do not have parents who are involved and open to what their kids have to say.

So, with this photo, as a family we would like to inspire parents to really take the time to listen, look further than the eye can see and become deeply involved in your teenager’s emotions. Support them in every aspect of their lives and make yourselves available, open, and ready to embrace anything they bring to you.

The idea with the black background was to visually display the immediate darkness that surrounds an individual with heavy emotional baggage. For that person, there is no layer of ‘light’ surrounding them. The make-up was done in a manner to show the compartmentalizing of one’s inner emotions and that your emotional scars are a deep, dark burden that consumes your physical being.

Camera Settings :
Canon 5DIV
Canon 50mm 1.8
ISO 400

Our 1st runner-up is Jayesh Hargovan from Sandton Photographic Society with “Life and Death”

Sandton Photographic Society   Jayesh  Hargovan    Life and Death


Our 2nd runner-up is Petri Banks from Midlens Fotoklub with “Where is the barn”

Midlens Fotoklub   Petri Banks   Where is the barn


Thank you to the judges:

Lesley Parolis – Cape Town Photographic Society
Rob Heffer – Port Elizabeth Camera Club
Jacoba Van Zyl – Cape Town Photographic Society


Click here for the October scoresheet for Juniors


OCTOBER JUNIOR CLUB WINNERS FINALISTS (You can click on the images to enlarge them and use the arrows on the image to go back and forth.)


(these images are also available on Dropbox to download and show at your club evenings  – just forward the webmaster your email address and ask to be added to the shared folder)



This is a PSSA monthly competition where clubs enter their monthly Junior winner onto Photovault. Appointed judges select the winning image.  The monthly winner gets displayed on the home page of our Website for the duration of the month.  

For the Junior Club Competition Winner of the Month, a club representative (ideally the Chairperson) submits the club winner via Photovault at www.photovaultonline.com

Instructions on how to upload your entry onto Photovault can be downloaded here  doc

Frequently we do require high resolutions of these images as PSSA use them for Print Exhibitions to promote PSSA as well as showcasing the work being done around the country.

At the end of the PSSA calendar year (30 June of each year) the Junior Club Competition Winning Image of the Year is selected.