This is the big day we have all been waiting for! The Photo Critic Photo of the Year and the Photographer of the Year Competitions for 2015 has finally been decided by our judges. Here they are: 


Photo Critic Photo of the Year 2015


The Photo of the Year competition is divided into two categories, Nature and Human Categories. The winners have been decided from the Photo of the Month Winners. 


“Little One” by Luke Brouwers | Nature Category

Luke Brouwers. Little One | Photo of the Year 2015, Nature Category

“The heat of the competition” by Caleb Dredge | Human Category 


Caleb Dredge. The heat of the competition | Photo of the Year 2015, Human Category

Luke Brouwers | Photographer of the Year 2015!

The Photographer of the Year is the grand prize. It is the highest accolade we bestow on a photographer we felt consistently submitted high-quality work throughout the year. Our winner, who has been performing exceptionally throughout the year, is Luke Brouwers! We are including a few of Luke’s Featured Images below. If you would like to see more of his images, visit his Photo Critic Profile. 

Photographer of the year

“Luke Brouwers. Trees in the Mist | Photographer of the Year 2015

Photographer of the year

Luke Brouwers. Early Morning Clouds | Photographer of the Year 2015

Quirky Street Photo by Luke Brouwers

Luke Brouwers. Dreams | Photographer of the Year 2015

Luke Brouwers. Overnight Hut | Photographer of the Year 2015

Luke Brouwers. Pensive | Photographer of the Year 2015



Photographer of the Year

Luke Brouwers receives the following prizes: 

  • Vanguard Up-Rise II 48 Photo Backpack to the value of R3,250!
  • Full one-day Personal Training with Danie Bester


Photo of the Year Winners: Human and Nature Category

Both Luke Brouwers and Caleb Dredge each receive the following: 

  • R1,000 Cash Prize 
  • 1 Free Workshop / Course of their choice up to R2, 300, or R2, 300 discount on DPC’s Wedding Photography / Architectural Photography Courses. Valid for one (1) year.

*  Please note that the prizes are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-transferable.  


How the Judging was done


The Judges

Our panel of judges consisted of 8 photographers from the DPC team, Danie Bester, Warren James, Deon, Trompie van der Berg, John Fox, Bruna Mentrup-Nortje, Kevin Richards and Nolan Lister.


Photo of the Year

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


Photographer of the Year

The most consistent members from South Africa have been nominated and then each judge voted for their photographer of the year. The member with the most votes was awarded the prestigious Photo Critic Photographer of the Year.


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