March photo competition winner announced

2017-04-26 06:00
Congratulating the winner of the Sapphire Coast Tourism (SCT) competition (from left) Illana Kleingeld (SCT), Simon Williamson, Monique Botha (SCT chairperson) and Romy Wentzel (SCT vice-chairperson). Photo: Tania Sandberg

Congratulating the winner of the Sapphire Coast Tourism (SCT) competition (from left) Illana Kleingeld (SCT), Simon Williamson, Monique Botha (SCT chairperson) and Romy Wentzel (SCT vice-chairperson). Photo: Tania Sandberg

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SIMON Williamson is the winner of the Sapphire Coast Tourism competition for March, with the theme: “After sunset along the Sapphire Coast”.

Williamson started taking photos in 2012 after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2011.

“I was in recovery and wheelchair-bound for three months, so I figured if I can’t join my friends when they body-boarded then I might as well take pictures. Jarryd van Dalen lent me his 300mm lens and Cannon 700D.”

He was inspired to take the winning photo on the spur of the moment when his two children, Lexie Dell and Layla Jane, were playing in the pool with his “third child” - his puppy Khaleesie, a Labrador “just chilling” on the side.

“My puppy absolutely loves the pool and my crazy, fearless children, Lexie Dell (two years old) leaped in after ripping her nappy off. I had captured Lexie jumping in, with Layla catching her,” Williamson said.

He took the picture with his iPhone 6s Plus.

“On this occasion, it was the first thing I could grab when Lexie Dell ran towards the pool to join Layla Jane and Khaleesie. The photo was taken at 6.20pm, the sky was amazing and so was the sunset.

“I’m quite random when it comes to photography, using my phone, a Cannon 650 D and Go Pro Hero 4 for my water shots and movies. I am no pro, like my mentor Christopher Clarke, who inspired me with his photography and being a professional water photographer.”

Williamson mostly takes bodyboarding or surfing photos. “It is rewarding when you capture and share the photo and I don’t expect anything in return, it is just the appreciation from them that’s worth all the money in the world.”

To participate in the photo competition, post your entries on the Sapphire Coast Photo Comp Facebook group, as well as email them to

The theme for April is “Then and Now Along the Sapphire Coast”. For this theme you are required to submit an old photo (for example of the Toti River or Warner Beach or any old buildings, etc., in the Sapphire Coast region and then take a photo of the same place to show how it looks today or how it has either changed or remained the same.

The old and new picture must be of the same place or building or location. The old picture does not need to be taken by you, but the new one must be.

The Sapphire Coast area is from Athlone Park to Clansthal and inland to Mnini Dam.

R1 000 could be yours - good luck.



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