Stunning photos on show at Kearsney College

Matthew Snyman's selfie.

Matthew Snyman’s selfie.

Young photographers showed an eye for the unusual when they used cellphones, GoPros, tablets and disposable cameras for ‘Documenting our lives’, a KwaZulu-Natal photographic competition for high schools.

The competition, which attracted nearly 300 entries, is part of the annual Culture@Kearsney programme which showcases the creative flair of the province’s youth and the exciting arts scene in its schools.

The photographs are on exhibition until Saturday – from 9 am to 7 pm weekdays and 7 am to 10 am on Saturday – in the Greyhound Pavilion at Kearsney College, Botha’s Hill.  Entrance is free.

Kylar Lupton-Smith's Unaware.

Kylar Lupton-Smith’s Unaware.

The winners were:

Best Selfie – 1, John Chappe de Leonval; 2, Mathew Snyman; 3, Jozi Lyon (Shadow Walkers).

Connaire Myell-Manatewi's winning photo.

Connaire Myell-Manatewi’s winning photo.

My Awesome Pet – 1, Connaire Myall (Manatewi); 2, Jozi Lyon (Tough Love); 3, Nicholas Ramsey (Fish-Eye Gazing).

Conrad Mutale's untitled photo.

Conrad Mutale’s untitled photo.

School Life – 1, Conrad Mutale; 2, Skylar Lupton-Smith (Unaware); 3, Timothy Bean (Early Morning Walk to Breakfast).

Jozi Lyon's Campers Paradise.

Jozi Lyon’s Campers Paradise.

My Favourite Place – 1, Natalie dos Santos (Where I’d rather be); 2, John Chappe de Leonval; 3, Jozi Lyon (Camper’s Paradise).

John Chappe de Leonval's photo.

John Chappe de Leonval’s photo.

Winners in each category received a cash prize of R2000, runners-up R1000 and 3rd placed R500 each.

Culture@Kearsney aims to enrich the development of the arts in all its forms – including one-act plays, poetry, a dance festival, art and photographic competitions, as well as a choral festival.

The photographic competition encourages KZN high school pupils to express their creative flair using unconventional photographic equipment. The use of conventional cameras was not permitted for the competition.

Judges were overwhelmed by the high standard submitted by young photographers from across the province, including Danville Girls, Durban Girls College, Glenwood, Grantleigh, Hillcrest High, Kearsney College, Maris Stella, Roseway Waldorf, St Johns DSG, Treverton and Westville Boys’ High.

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