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Thursday, August 13, 2015


Deadline: September 1, 2015

Unconventional photographers stand to win great prizes for the best selfies and other shots in a competition which aims to highlight the creative flair amongst the province’s youth.

The competition encourages all KZN high school pupils between the ages of 13 and 19 to perfect their photographic skills using a cell phone, tablet, GoPro or disposable plastic camera. 

Five categories allow photographers the opportunity to showcase their talents; and there is no limit to the number of entries photographers can submit in the ‘Documenting Our Lives’ competition.

Categories include: School Life (everyday moments that are either fun, sad, happy or odd, at break with friends or in the classroom, on the sports field or in the boarding house); My Favourite Place (a much-loved place to visit, share with friends or family); My Awesome Pet; Journalistic Shot (something that is dramatic, newsworthy and interesting); and the Best Selfie Shot.

All images submitted must have been taken since February 1 this year (2015) and entries must be submitted before the closing date on September 1. Winners stand a chance of winning cash and other great prizes. 

This competition is part of the annualCulture@Kearsney programme, a celebration of the vibrant and dynamic arts scene in KZN schools. It aims to enrich the development of the arts in all its forms - including one-act plays, a dance festival, art and photographic competitions, as well as a choral festival.

Rules and details for the photographic competition are available on and there will be an exhibition of entries during September.

The competition is being run in conjunction with the Matthew Willman Visual Arts Foundation. Willman is a local documentary photographer who has photographed personalities from Madiba, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, to former US president Bill Clinton and singer Annie Lennox.  He stresses the value of using photography as a visual platform for social change and upliftment.

The judging panel comprises independent leaders in the visual arts industry who have no affiliation to Kearsney or any school that submits work.