Here’s the winner of our Canon Snapshot of the Neighborhood competition!
We had a phenomenal response to our Caxton Snapshot of the Neighbourhood competition. The judges – our Canon professionals – had a tough time selecting the winner … but here it is.
Angie Niemand’s photo of the damaged City Hall in Bloemfontein, “Hope in the ruins”, absolutely wowed the judges. She describes her photo as follows: “There is something magical about old buildings. The stories, memories and beauty they hold are timeless. This photograph is of the City Hall in Bloemfontein CBD. Though I live in Universitas, I drive down Nelson Mandela past the City Hall every day from work. From the specific view that this photograph was taken, the damage can be seen caused by a fire in 2017. As I drive past this building, I am constantly reminded that hope rises from the ruins. And yes, as the damage can’t ever be undone, this building is now a story of courage. Standing proud, tall and beautiful as ever – with some new stories and character added to its history.”
Angie (23) is a student in Education at the University of the Free State. Her love for photography actually stemmed from her mother’s career in the medical field. “My mom is a radiographer, and I remember as a little girl I used to love going to work with her just so that I could have part of the process in which the x-ray would develop in the dark
room. Photography is my way of capturing a moment to later tell the story.”
She believes her winning photo speaks of hope. “Hope that rises from the ruins. Even though we all go through difficult times in life, even times of excruciating fire, it is possible for us to remain standing.”
What a prize!
Angie won a Canon PowerShot SX620 HS camera … which comes with a wrist strap, a battery pack and charger and an AC cable, worth R2999 each. This compact, superzoom camera allows you to get closer to the action, allows you to easily connect, share and shoot remotely with WiFi and NFC, create stunning full HD movies at the touch of a button and play and experiment with your creativity.
Our other five finalists were: