With over 250 entrants to their first Instagram photography competition, Sunshine Co showcased ten Johannesburg finalists at their Rosebank studio as part of First Thursday last night, crowning Zeno Petersen as the overall winner.
Professional photographer Co-Managing Director of Sunshine Co, Adrian Nakic, Roelof van Wyk, Creative Director of Keyes Art Mile and Karlien Murray, Client Experience Officer of AtPhoto had the privilege of judging the submissions.
“We took use of colour, composition, and interpretation of the theme #EmoteJozi into consideration and while all top ten selected images are outstanding, Zeno’s black and white city portrait really made an impact,” said Nakic.
“Street photography is not for the timid, and this close-up photo packs more wallop than a long shot.
The black and white creates curiosity – I want to know more. B&W can be as simple or complex as you want to see it. This photograph is both intellectually and instinctively curious,” said Muuray.
Zeno Peterson, a local cinematographer from Soweto walks away with R17 000 worth of prizes
“It really feels great and was such a surprise. I never believe that my work is good enough or strong enough but I’m always super excited when people feel a connection with my work and when my work translates and communicates a certain theme. I’m so grateful to Sunshine Co. for allowing local photographers to shine. This was an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Peterson.
Second place was awarded to Maobi Simon Dimpe jr who wins a Hasselblad X1D-50c for a day and third place was awarded to Tim van Rooyen who wins a studio rental day voucher at SunshineJozi Studio. All ten finalists received a printed canvas of their work complements of Atphoto. Whiskey cocktails were on offer by Black Bottle whiskey, as well as delicious catering supplied by The Chilli Chef food truck.