We are celebrating another year of outstanding photography by our students that were featured on our sister website, Photo Critic. Now we can finally put your nerves to rest by announcing the coveted Photo Critic Photographer of the Year and Photo of the Year winners!

Without further delay here are our winners for 2016!


Photo Critic Photo of the Year | People Category Winner

Leon Pelser!

Photo Description: Leon is a medical doctor in Kriel, Mpumalanga. “Story of my Life” is an intelligent storytelling portrait, of one of his patients, who suffered from brain cancer. Leon’s portrait depicts the heart-breaking reality of a patient who lost all her hair due to the dreaded chemotherapy. At the same time, his patient’s witty gesture and facial expression shows courage and hope. Sadly, since the taking of this portrait, she has passed away.



Photo Critic Photographer of the Year and General Category Winner

Nadia de Lange!

Photo Description: In Nadia’s own words… “Another attempt at something more creative. I wanted to create a painting, with the emphasis on how small my husband and especially my dog are in comparison to the massive trees around them. I wanted the viewer to really move their eyes up and down the photo, finally resting on the man and his dog”


More photos by Nadia: 

As the winner of the Photo Critic Photographer of the Year, we are showing off a few of Nadia’s images that have been featured throughout 2016. If you would like to see more of her images, visit her Photo Critic profile. 




Photo of the Year: People Category  

Leon Pelser receives the following: 

  • 1 Free Selected DPC Workshop of their choice, to the value of up to R2, 300. Valid for one (1) year.
  • R 500 Cash Prize


Photographer of the Year, AND General Category winner 

For winning our grand award, the Photographer of the Year AND the Photo of the Year, General Category, Nadia de Lange receives the following awesome prizes: 

  • 1-Year Mentorship with Danie Bester, to the value of R12, 000, where she will have the privilege of personal feedback and advice on her photography, via Skype, on a monthly basis. 
  • Professional Logo Design by Nolan Lister, to the value of R3, 500
  • 1 Free Selected DPC Workshop of their choice, to the value of up to R2, 300. Valid for one (1) year.
  • R 500 Cash Prize

  *  Please note that all the prizes are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and not transferable.


How the Judging was done


The Judges

Our panel of judges consisted of 6 photographers from the DPC team, Danie Bester, Warren James, Trompie van der Berg, John Fox, Bruna Mentrup-Nortje and Nolan Lister.


Photo of the Year

Scoring was done by adding each judge’s score. The images, which scored the highest points in each of the two categories; People and General Categories, were awarded the Photo of the Year.


Photographer of the Year

The most consistent member on Photo Critic for 2016, has been nominated and selected by the founder of DPC and Photo Critic, Danie Bester


About Photo Critic  Enrolling for a photography course/workshop at DPC entitles you to free membership on Photo Critic, our Student Social Network. Click HERE to visit Photo Critic