Dr. Janus Steyn

Dr. Janus Steyn

Previous winner reflects on photo contest

Grannies a Gogo: the Vernon-South Africa Connection invites entries to its annual photo contest, with winning entries to appear in calendar

Susan Fenner

Special to The Morning Star

Okanagan Reflections  is the theme of a photo contest sponsored by Grannies à Gogo which will result in a 2014 calendar featuring 13 winning photos.

Last year’s first place winner, Janus Steyn, had never before entered a contest, but he regards photography as his creative outlet.

“Winning the contest gave me confidence to believe in my own style,” he said. “My photos show how I see the world — I like to capture unscripted moments that tell a story, or the beauty of nature.”

Steyn’s advice to others is to not be afraid — trust your instincts and enter the photos that speak to you. Photographs are meant to be shared. Judging is “blind,” without names attached.

Funds raised from calendar sales, plus the $5 entrance fee of each photo, support AIDS-bereaved gogos (grandmothers) in South Africa. Prizes will be awarded for the top winning photos.

For details see www.granniesagogo.com. Entry forms also available at Sladen Moore Accounting, 3005 – 35th Ave., across from the RCMP station. Contest deadline is Oct. 1.

Susan Fenner is the publicity rep for Grannies à Gogo: the Vernon – South African Connection.