Marike Bruwer Award Competition 2019

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2019 Marike Bruwer Award for Visual Art (Photography)

Closing date for submissions is 4 September 2019

This award is in honour of Marike Bruwer who 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.

This year marks the 10th year of this award and besides the floating trophy for the winner; the annual winner will receive a prize donated by Martin Barber, to attend one of his workshops. If the winner does not live in Martin’s area and it is difficult for him/her to attend one of his workshops, Martin will do it thru skype.  Martin offers the workshop at no charge and shall accommodate the winner when he is presenting his regular workshops. The winner must contact Martin to arrange attendance.

I have also decided to select an overall winner from the past 10 years’ winners and runner up images. The prize for this winner is one year’s PSSA membership subscription.

Note that different judges will be used for the two categories.




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: 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 of this nature.

The visual art movement is originated from photography and uses the medium of photography, its various approaches and philosophies 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 photograph.

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 and imagination.

Please check out the PSSA website for previous winners.

Closing date for submissions is 4 September 2019:

We are inviting entries for this award from PSSA members only, to be submitted  not later than 4th September 2019. Up to two images per member can be entered. Image files must be submitted in JPEG format and must conform to sizes similar to images submitted to Photovault. Please mail images to:

The winner will receive the floating trophy at the PSSA annual congress at the awards ceremony.

The judges would like to thank all the participants who contributed work towards this award in the past, and trust that we will see you all entering again in 2019.

Antenie Carstens (SPSSA, FPSSA; ARPS).



Winner:  Paula Rutherford with her image “Entwined”



Second place – Lynn Kruger-Haye with “Hope needs courage”



Third place – Charlaine Gerber with “With time the child draws in”


Good luck!
Antenie Carstens

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