March 2014 sees the start of the EMMA Photorapher of the Year Competition. Every month there will be a new and challenging theme to test your skills. The competition will end in November with the announcement of the Photographer of the Year! Some fantastic prizes will be on offer! The prizes will vary from month to month and the grand prize will be worth the effort!

How it works

The competition will run for 8 months from March to October. You can enter up to 3 images each month. Each entry will cost R10.00. After each months closing date, the entries will be judged. Points will be allocated as follows:

Top 10
Position Points
Winner 25
2 20
3 15
4 10
5 9
6 8
7 7
8 6
9 5
10 4

If you are not in the top 10, but are in the top 10%, you will get 2 points. If you are outside of the top 10% and within the top 25% you will get 1 point. These points will be added to the competition log. Your club will also receive points based on your scores and we'll maintain a club log along with the Photographer of the Year log. If you don’t belong to a club, your scores will be added to “Independent”.

Each month the winner will receive a prize and in November the overall photographer of the year will receive the grand prize! Second and Third place will also receive prizes as will the winning club!

The grand prize is a weekend stay for two at the Suricata Lodge, situtated in the Tuli Block region, in Botswana. Suricata is the ideal place to escape from today’s hectic world and to enjoy the tranquillity of the unspoilt African bush.

The Lodge comprises of four thatch chalets, accommodating a maximum of twelve guests. Each unit has been built to blend with the environment, whilst maintaining an element of luxury. The magnificent lapa, which overlooks the dam, includes the dining area, a beautiful bar and a lounge area where you can relax and take in the peace and serenity of the bush. Game drives are conducted in an open 4x4 vehicle. Cool off in the swimming pool and enjoy a sundowner,  while taking in the spectacular sunsets. In the evening you can enjoy a log fire in the outdoor boma.

Below are some images of and from Suricata :

Perfect Evening
Sunset (1)
The Dam

The prize does not include travel expenses to and from Suricata Lodge. You will need a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months after the return date)South African passport holders DO NOT require visas.

The top 10 images every month will be published on the EMMA Photo Zone web site. You will be able to view all entries entered in the EMMA gallery (in the EMMA app).

How to enter

To enter, use EMMA Light or the EMMA app (download from here if you don't already have it installed). 

  • Images must be your own work.
  • Images can be black and white or colour.
  • Images can be up to 1920px (width) by 1080px (height) with a file size not bigger than 1,5Mb.
  • Digital manipulation is allowed.
  • The images remain the sole property of the photographer.
  • Each image will be judged and results published on the EMMA Photo Zone web site.
  • The judges decision is final and correspondence will not be entered into.

Monthly themes

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