Judges

Wedding Photography Judges

William Lambelet - Weddings Judge

William Lambelet - Weddings Judge

William is a Wedding PhotoJournalist. His goal is to document weddings by creating strong and well composed images. He is also an award-winning wedding photographer

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Jide Alakija - Weddings Judge

Jide Alakija - Weddings Judge

Jide Alakija is an internationally renowned photographer with over 10 years’ experience in shooting multicultural weddings, documentaries and editorial campaigns. Alakija’s assignments have taken him across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the U.S.

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Greg Moment - Weddings Judge

Greg Moment - Weddings Judge

Greg Moment was named The Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by “Just Married” in 2013 and “The International Photographer of the Year 2014” by International Film and Photography Festival in Indonesia. In 2016, he received the prestigious title of the „Photographer of the Year” in “Creative Portrait” category of Master Photography Awards (MPA) 2016/2017 and in 2018 he won the first place in “Black & white” Category. He received two times (in 2015 and 2017) the prestigious title of the “Wedding photographer of the year” from Master Photographers International Organization MPIO.

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Jacki Bruniquel

Jacki Bruniquel

Admired in Africa Overall Winner 2016

Jacki is a Durban based photographer and artist who has successfully turned her passion of creating and capturing pictures into a career.  When it comes to her Fine Art work she loves making mixed media pieces and has had a number of exhibitions to date. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town (Michealis) and a National Diploma in Photography at the Durban University of Technology. She has recently been profiled on South Africa’s number one lifestyle TV show Top Billing, nominated a finalist in the Nikon Africa Photographic Awards and was included in the book Women on Women, A History of Women Photographers in South Africa.

Newborn Photography Judges

Alina Placzek - Newborn Judge

Alina Placzek - Newborn Judge

Alina Płaczek – a child, baby and newborn photographer, with many years of experience. She runs her own photo studio in Poland, winning numerous prizes, merits and international awards in the field of newborn photography from WPPI, MPA and MPIO. In 2015, Alina has been a Judge in many competitions, such as Nikon Contest, Magic Lens Awards or Image’n’tech Photography Contest.

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Clair Fraser - Newborn Judge

Clair Fraser - Newborn Judge

Clair is well known in the industry as a leading newborn photographer and
workshop host.  She is passionate about photographing tiny new humans and
spends much of her professional schedule teaching and sharing the art of
newborn photography to many people across South Africa.

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Meghan Hancock - Newborn Judge

Meghan Hancock - Newborn Judge

Megan is a Durban photographer who specialises in creative, non-traditional and contemporary portraiture of maternity, newborns, babies and children. She is passionate about creating images that will tug at your heart and bring a smile to your face each and every time you see them.

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Robyn Prevost

Robyn Prevost

Robyn is a fine-art newborn, baby and maternity photographer who has had her focus on the art of newborn photography for just over 5 years. She has been recognized both locally and internationally for her work.

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Lifestyle Photography Judges

Geraldine Enslin

Geraldine Enslin

Geraldine Enslin is a Fine Art specialist who focuses on compositions that predominantly feature animals and children. Geraldine often uses this composition to create captivating and surreal artistic pieces, leveraging off a unique balance between the contradiction and synergy of a loving child and a dangerous wild animal paired in a whimsical dream world.

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Fine Art Photography Judges

Danie Bester

Danie Bester

Danie is the founder of DPC and Photo Critic. He is a well-respected photography educator and accomplished fine art photographer. His work has been included in the recent Collector’s Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa. Recently, he has been hailed by the Photo World Magazine, as a “Knight of photography as art”. His philosophy about photography is that the camera is just a tool; and that true creativity comes from inside and through studying and applying visual tools and principles.
Ilse Moore - Weddings Judge

Ilse Moore - Weddings Judge

Ilse Moore is renowned in South Africa as an underwater fashion, portrait and fine art photographer.Her underwater photography has been featured in several Hotels like the Ritz-Carlton,Arts and Culture, Lifestyle and Fine Art magazines as well as numerous fashion and culture blogs around the world.

She was a guest photographer on the first season of Africa’s Next Top Model and has been awarded several peer awards for her wedding and underwater images, including Wedding and Fine Art Photographer of the year by the Admired in Africa Awards.

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John Fox - Fine Arts Judge

John Fox - Fine Arts Judge

As a photographer, I am totally addicted to both the art and the craft of good photography. This means that, I am totally passionate about sharing, learning, reading, discussing and doing all things photographic. I enjoy doing detailed work as it requires concentration and silences the world around me. This drew me to the technical challenges of macro photography where I can happily lose hours while tinkering.

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Album Design Judges

Jacki Bruniquel

Jacki Bruniquel

Admired in Africa Overall Winner 2016

Jacki is a Durban based photographer and artist who has successfully turned her passion of creating and capturing pictures into a career.  When it comes to her Fine Art work she loves making mixed media pieces and has had a number of exhibitions to date. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town (Michealis) and a National Diploma in Photography at the Durban University of Technology. She has recently been profiled on South Africa’s number one lifestyle TV show Top Billing, nominated a finalist in the Nikon Africa Photographic Awards and was included in the book Women on Women, A History of Women Photographers in South Africa.

Cinematography Judges

Jacques Crafford

Jacques Crafford

Jacques is freelance videographer who specialises in tourism & travel films. His success on the social platform Instagram, has allowed him to turn his greatest passion into a job and he now travels the world telling stories for a living. When he’s not working, you’ll find him in the mountains adventuring & capturing beautiful landscapes. He also finds great joy in educating others by doing various talks and workshops related to travel photography and social media.
Ian Nieuwenhuizen

Ian Nieuwenhuizen

Ian Nieuwenhuizen founded White Motion Films in 2010. He drives the visual and creative side of the company. He loves challenging ideas and his vision for the company is always to push the boundaries. Since the start of White Motion he also created a second wedding video brand called First Kiss which has become very successful in its own right. A year ago he also expanded White Motion to include a corporate side called White Motion Creative Studio. He is married to Jana, who has partnered with him in the business since the start. Together they have 4 children and lives in Potchefstroom. Ian has an eye for potential in others and loves to invest in people. White Motion  expanded from a husband and wife team in 2010 to a business that currently employs 16 full time staff.
Pieter Uys

Pieter Uys

I studied fine art at Pretoria Technikon and quickly realised it is easier to take a photo or make a movie than to paint a picture. I have 15 years of experience in corporate videography and photography, with clients such as Amazon Web Services, The Economist, Financial Times and the CSIR. The Corporate environment is a tough nut to crack, your clients don’t only want a good product, they need service and compliance, it is not always how good you are, but how good your systems are to make your clients life a lot easier.

Wildlife & Nature Photography Judges

Andrew Aveley - Wildlife Judge

Andrew Aveley - Wildlife Judge

Andrew Aveley is an internationally recognised wildlife, nature and landscape photographer. Having grown up in Southern Africa, he has focused on the many animal species and environments locally and in neighboring African countries. With this knowledge he has become a sought-after specialist photographic guide and has been recognised with a number of international awards by his peers and the industry. 

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Heinrich van den Berg - Wildlife & Nature Judge

Heinrich van den Berg - Wildlife & Nature Judge

Heinrich specialises in nature, environmental and travel photography. He has spent many years in the field, capturing images of African wildlife and the natural beauty of the continent. He has won many awards, but to him, these are insignificant  “The last image he takes is the only one that counts”.

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Johan van Zyl - Wildllife Judge

Johan van Zyl - Wildllife Judge

As a young kid nature has always been something that has fascinated me.  Having worked at various game reserves and lodges in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia I have been fortunate to experience some incredible destinations and meet some amazing people from different walks of life.

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Michael Tucker - Wildlife Judge

Michael Tucker - Wildlife Judge

The talented and award-winning wildlife photographer, Michael Tucker, started his love affair with the bush at a very young age. He started taking photos on family holidays (always in the African bushveld) and soon fell in love with the art form. Michael started creating images that would soon be published in leading magazines and various online media platforms.

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Morkal Erasmius

Morkal Erasmius

The fact of the matter is this: I love Africa. I love its people, its wild places and its wildlife. I love being immersed in these places, observing and photographing the fall of light on the land and the daily lives of the creatures that call it home, and presenting the results to whoever will take a look.

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Landscape Photography Judges

Andrew Aveley - Wildlife Judge

Andrew Aveley - Wildlife Judge

Andrew Aveley is an internationally recognised wildlife, nature and landscape photographer. Having grown up in Southern Africa, he has focused on the many animal species and environments locally and in neighboring African countries. With this knowledge he has become a sought-after specialist photographic guide and has been recognised with a number of international awards by his peers and the industry. 

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Hougaard Malan - Landscape Judge

Hougaard Malan - Landscape Judge

Growing up, my grandmother always gave me illustrated encyclopedias and books about earth’s natural history that were filled with fantastic landscape images. I spent many afternoons paging through these books and marvelling at nature’s beauty. Few things in life made me feel more alive than a landscape that engaged all my senses – seeing the rhythmic rolling of waves in a bay, smelling the coastal flora, hearing and feeling the ocean crash against the cliffs and then tasting the salt in the air. At some stage I realised that the photos in all those books had the ability to bring back memories of such experiences in nature.

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Fashion & Fitness Photography Judges

Garreth Barclay - Fashion Judge

Garreth Barclay - Fashion Judge

Photographer & Graphic Designer
Successful editorial and fashion photographer, Garreth Barclay, received his BA Degree in Visual Communication.
Garreth has been in the industry for over 10 years.
Having been published internationally in top magazines, Garreth’s’ clients boast from the likes of:
Men’s and Women’s Health Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Miss SA & Miss Universe, Guess, Levi’s, Edgars, Lorna Jane, JT one, many more.

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Jean Noir - Fashion Judge

Jean Noir - Fashion Judge

Jean Noir was born in Germany close to Frankfurt/Main. In July 2012 he discovered the magic and world of working with personalities & souls. Creating moments and freezing them into pixel makes him traveling across the globe and capturing this beauty behind. Jean´s work is focussed on People & Editorial Photography working with agencies but also teaching in workshops, coachings and classes the way of working and creating his style and message in his pictures. He is globally acknowledged for his intense and deep color looks and his emotional frames showing the soul of the person

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Architecture Photography Judges

Danie Bester

Danie Bester

Danie is the founder of DPC and Photo Critic. He is a well-respected photography educator and accomplished fine art photographer. His work has been included in the recent Collector’s Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa. Recently, he has been hailed by the Photo World Magazine, as a “Knight of photography as art”. His philosophy about photography is that the camera is just a tool; and that true creativity comes from inside and through studying and applying visual tools and principles.

Creative Photography Judges

Danie Bester

Danie Bester

Danie is the founder of DPC and Photo Critic. He is a well-respected photography educator and accomplished fine art photographer. His work has been included in the recent Collector’s Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa. Recently, he has been hailed by the Photo World Magazine, as a “Knight of photography as art”. His philosophy about photography is that the camera is just a tool; and that true creativity comes from inside and through studying and applying visual tools and principles.
Hein Waschefort - Creative Photography Judge

Hein Waschefort - Creative Photography Judge

Hein always says that he sees the world in pictures and that he wants to share this world with others. Teaching photography and sharing his knowledge is a passion and lifelong commitment. That is one of the reasons why Hein co founded VSS Creative Photo and Design College, Pretoria (today an accredited TVET visual arts college) in 2007.

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Food Photography Judges

Adrian Mueller

Adrian Mueller

Adrian grew up in Lucerne, Switzerland and initially studied architectural engineering. He was drawn to photography because of the similarities in both fields: clean lines, concise structures and how light reflects off surfaces. Time in Japan further influenced his creative approach and visual aesthetics, which is reflected in his work through the concepts of craftsmanship, simplicity and reducing everything to its essence.

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Adrian Mueller

Adrian Mueller

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