Junior club members from the Western Cape excelled in the June PSSA club competitions. Crighton Klassen from Creative Camera Club entered the winning image, namely “Strand Jetty”.
“I had just purchased a set of Nisi filters and needed to test them,” explains Crighton. He and a fellow club member, Paul Samuel, had long been wanting to do a shoot of the Strand Pavilion Jetty, “and we married the two ideas.”
Crighton Klassen’s winning image Strand Jetty.
“So off we went the Sunday morning, the photographic gods blessing us with a dramatic sky and optimal conditions,” he recounts. “Strand Pavilion is somewhat 40km away from Cape Town and this being the first time that we ventured out to the jetty, we left earlier than prescribed to allow time to find and scout the location.
“The jetty itself is an iconic photographic landmark so online research was not a problem, but my experience taught me that no matter how prepared you think you are, always leave room for surprises. That surprise or ah ha moment come in the form of realizing why most of the shots are from one side only. The building on its left kills the view.”
In addition, Quintus Heine from Tafelberg Fotografieklub was the second runner up in the June junior competition with the image “did you see the bee” (see below).
Over the past year Charles Naude has been quietly entering beautiful images in the PSSA monthly website competition, which earned him second place – just 16 points behind winner Eric Bosman of Mpumalanga – in the competition for the past year. Fellow Hermanus club member – and chair – Elizma Fourie is #6 in the country and runner-up in the Western Cape.
PSSA members can enter their images as individuals in the website competition and 78 members participated in this competition during the past year. As can be seen from the list below, eight of the Top 25 in the country are Western Cape members.
|WC website performers||Total||PSSA #||WC #|
|Phillip De Lange||293||14||5|
|Louise De Lange||284||16||6|
The PSSA 2020 competition year came to an end in June and as PRO Evelyn Gibson explains the winners each month from the seniors, juniors and website competitions will now be judged to get the overall winners for the year.
Over the past year, 62 clubs participated in the senior competition – 10 clubs entered every month, says Evelyn, and 40% of them were from the Western Cape. In the senior competition CTPS is the frontrunner in the Western Cape and #6 in the country, followed by Hermanus (#8 in the country) and Creative Camera Club (#10 in the country).
Interestingly, Creative Camera Club tops the Western Cape rankings in the junior competition – and is placed an excellent #3 in the country! CTPS is runner-up in the Western Cape and #5 in the country, followed by one of the smaller clubs, Worcester, who is also #9 in the country! Evelyn reports that 63 clubs participated in the junior competition during the year, 8 of them every month, of which 3 are from the Western Cape.
This is how the ten Western Cape clubs that participated in the monthly competitions performed:
|Senior competition||Total||PSSA #||WC #||Nr entries|
|Cape Town Photographic Society||407||6||1||12|
|Hermanus Photographic Society||398||8||2||12|
|Creative Camera Club||385||10||3||12|
|Worcester Photo Club||376||11||4||12|
|Paarl Photographic Club||337||21||5||10|
|Helderberg Photographic Society||299||32||6||9|
|Fish Hoek Photographic Society||264||42||7||8|
|Junior competition||Total||PSSA #||WC #||# Entry|
|Creative Camera Club||395||3||1||12|
|Cape Town Photographic Society||394||5||2||12|
|Worcester Photo Club||364||9||3||12|
|Paarl Photographic Club||341||16||4||10|
|Hermanus Photographic Society||321||25||5||10|
|Fish Hoek Photographic Society||271||33||6||8|
|West Coast Photographic Society||35||59||9||1|
|Total combined points||WC #|
|Cape Town Photographic Society||801||1|
|Creative Camera Club||780||2|
|Worcester Photo Club||740||3|
|Hermanus Photographic Society||719||4|
|Paarl Photographic Club||678||5|
When the junior and senior club competition points are combined, CTPS is the top performer in the Western Cape, followed by Creative Camera Club, Worcester, Hermanus and Paarl. Once again, illustrating that club size should not deter clubs from entering: both Worcester and Paarl have fewer than 20 members!