Through your lens – A day in the life of a Grain Producer

2019 SA Grain/Sasol photo competition winners

Met haar pragtige foto, getiteld “Studie van Merzuk en skape”, was Karien Martinson die maandwenner in Oktober en die algehele wenner van die 2019 fotokompetisie. Sy is van Perdekop in Mpumalanga en ontvang ’n kontantprys van R15 000.

Chrismari van der Westhuizen kom van Loeriesfontein en haar foto van oom Klaas wat so bekwaam kan skaap skeer, het aan haar ’n algehele tweede plek met ’n kontantprys van R10 000 besorg.

Vida van Schalkwyk van Bloemfontein het haar #LiefBoerderyoomblik in die Mei-uitgawe van SA Graan/Grain met lesers gedeel. Dié foto besorg ook aan haar ’n derde plek in die algehele kompetisie en sy ontvang R5 000 kontant.

November 2020 Winners

This entry titled ‘On cloud nine’, which was taken on a farm in the Western Cape, was placed first by the judges. Stephan Erasmus from Durbanville earns R1 500 in prize money for his #ImFarming winning photograph.

‘Dusk to dawn’, entered by JoRina Lombard from Bapsfontein, shows that planting time on the farm brings long hours, but also unforgettable sunsets and sunrises which she sees as a promise of God’s protection.

Gerda de Kock from Hoopstad shared this special sunset moment on the farm Moirton. On the horses are Jan Hendrik and Nico de Kock.

December 2020 Winners

Claudi Lourens from Frankfort is the winner of the R1 500 prize in the December photo competition. Her photograph taken in the ‘golden hour’ depicts an important farming activity: making firebreaks.

Lisa Smorenburg from Riviersonderend sent in this photograph titled ‘Baling winter cover crops for the summer’. The clear blue sky in this area is quite spectacular.

Mariné Brand from De Doorns in the Western Cape was in the Swartland area when she took a photo of this curious cow, eager to investigate.

Grain SA photo competition
For the 2021 competition, amateur photographers are invited to showcase a day in the life of a grain producer – from dawn to dusk. Many people who are trapped in the rat race, spending long hours in corporate settings and getting stuck in traffi c to and from home, think that farm life looks blissful. The theme for the 2021 Grain SA photo competition will show them exactly what life on a farm is all about. Submit photographs of the activities prior to the start of the producer’s workday – a beautiful sunrise, the fi rst cup of coffee or taking a walk with the dogs. Alternatively capture the farm activities – from seed-bed preparation to a successful crop harvest.
Win every month
From January 2021 a winner will be named by a panel of judges for twelve editions. Each winner will receive a cash prize of R1 500. The twelve finalists will be eligible for the big prizes: R15 000 (winner), R10 000 (runner-up) and a third prize of R5 000.
  1. Entries should portray the theme, A day in the life of a grain producer.
  2. Only amateur photographers (in other words people who do not make a living from taking photos) may enter the competition.
  3. The photographers must provide captions for the photos as well as their physical and postal address and telephone number/s.
  4. People on the photos must be identifi ed (provide a name and surname).
  5. Only emailed entries will be accepted. The photos must be in JPG format, not smaller than 1 MB and no bigger than 10 MB each.
  6. Photos entered must be unique and should not portray the same theme as photos entered for other competitions. Photos entered must not have been published previously.
  7. Substantially manipulated photos will not be accepted. Substantial manipulation of photos essentially entails adding visual elements that were not in the photo originally (e.g. clouds or plants); as well as elements in the image that change the context or theme of the photo (e.g. an unatt ractive and substantial element somewhere in the photo). Acceptable manipulation entails the following: Changing the photograph’s original dimensions (cropping – given that it doesn’t change the context or theme), adjustments to underexposed or overexposed parts (exposure adjustments) and adjustments to the room temperature (the general colour tint of the photo – colour temperature correction). If in doubt about the extent of manipulation, judges may request that the original photo be made available.
  8. Participants may enter a maximum of three photos (with varying subjects) per edition. If more than three photos are entered, the first three photos received will be considered for the competition.
  9. A participant who is announced as a monthly winner may not enter the competition for the following three editions.
  10. Photographers may enter their photographs up until the deadline each month. Entries received after this date will be entered for the following month’s competition.
  11. Grain SA reserves the right to reject photos that are blurry and/or do not adhere to the competition rules.
  12. A panel consisting of two professional photographers, a representative each from SA Graan/Grain, will judge the photos each month.
  13. All entries become the property of Grain SA. The photos will be stored in a data bank and Grain SA may use it for future promotions, marketing and publication purposes. By entering the competition, the entrant agrees to this and no third-party claims for copyright violation may be submitted.
  14. Employees of Grain SA and Infoworks may not enter the competition.

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