Photographer and Shot of the Year 2014

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This is the big day, we all waited for! The Photo Critic Shot of the Year and the Photographer of the Year Competitions for 2014 has finally been decided by our panel of 6 judges. Here they are:


Photo Critic Shot of the Year 2014

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


“Beach Sunrise Abstract” by Michael Blain


“Serenity” by Rina Gertzen | Human Category 

Leon Pelser | Photographer of the Year 2014!

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


Photographer of the Year

Leon Pelser receives the following prizes: 

  • R1000 Cash prize
  • Any Photography Course by DPC of his choice
  • A One on One Training day with myself, Danie Bester
  • Total Value estimated at R10, 000 *


Shot of the Year Winners: Human and Nature Category

Michael Blain and Rina Gertzen, each receive a choice between any of the following Photography Courses   *


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

About Photo Critic  Enrolling for a photography course/workshop at DPC entitles you to free membership on Photo Critic our Student Social Network. Members may upload up to two images per week for straightforward, constructive critique. Click HERE to visit Photo Critic

About the Author:

Danie Bester
I am the founder of DPC and Photo Critic. I am married to Jenna, my high-school sweetheart for over two decades now and have two adult children, Mia-Daniel and Minnette. We live in Centurion, Pretoria. I am proud, yet humbled by how far we have come and what we have achieved in such a short time. Today DPC ranks under the foremost photography schools in South Africa and we've build a healthy community of photographers. The road has not always been easy but through a leap of faith and the grace of God, we have grown a small photography business to a successful training institute. Working as a commercial photographer and teaching a wide range of photography subjects, including; Portraiture, Studio lighting, Fine-art, Architecture and Food Photography has kept me fairly versatile. On a personal level, I pursue fine-art, travel, and landscape photography. I have recently been honoured, with my work being included in the Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa.


  1. […] “Serenity” by Rina Gertzen | Human Category […]

  2. Jeni 2015/03/03 at 09:39

    Congratulations on well deserved wins, Michael, Rina and Leon. Stunning photos!

  3. Luke Brouwers 2015/02/27 at 14:07

    Congratulations Michael,Rina and Leon. Well done.

  4. Shawn Marran 2015/02/27 at 13:28

    Congratulations to the winners! Astonishing photos, well done.

  5. Warren James
    Warren James 2015/02/27 at 12:47

    Fantastic work guys. It was not easy for us to choose only 3 winners out of all the fantastic photographers in the DPC community but we are happy with the results.

  6. Ancia Loubser 2015/02/27 at 12:08

    Sjoe geluk almal, stunning foto’s!!

  7. Danie Bester
    Danie Bester 2015/02/27 at 12:07

    Lol Sarel. Our own Gursky. haha

  8. Landie Fourie 2015/02/27 at 11:39

    Well done all!

  9. Eugene Armer 2015/02/27 at 11:34

    Very well done to all three winners, I have no doubt your work will help to inspire all of us!!

  10. Sarel du Plessis 2015/02/27 at 11:17

    Congratulations Michael Rina and Leon! Well deserved! Maybe Michael’s shot would be the next most expensive photograph in the world!

  11. Neil 2015/02/27 at 10:07

    Well done to Michael Rina and Leon, you guys deserve it!!

  12. Kevin Richards 2015/02/27 at 10:06

    Well done to all 3 of the deserving winners! Another great year filled with awesome photography. Can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

  13. Deon 2015/02/27 at 10:05

    Baie geluk almal. Wel gedaan!!!

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