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SAA Announces Winners of Capture South Africa
 Photography Competition

SAA Announces Winners of Capture South Africa
 Photography Competition

South African Airways has revealed the two 
winners of its photography competition, Capture South Africa. A panel of
 five judges chose Alco Brand’s winning scenery shot of the view over Cape
Town entitled ‘Cape Town by Night’ and Moira Enslin’s thought-provoking
 portrait of an elderly gentleman, entitled ‘Memories’ out of thousands of
 entries.

Winning entries in South African Airways’ photography competition, Capture South Africa

Winning entries in South African Airways’ photography competition, Capture South Africa

Both winners have won two return flights between South Africa and 
London with South African Airways. Capture South Africa (www.capturesouthafrica.com) aimed to encourage
 visitors and South Africans alike to celebrate the beauty of South Africa’s 
people and scenery through inspiring images. After thousands of entries to
 the competition, selecting a winner was a difficult task for the judging
 panel, comprising South African rugby player Francois Louw, TV
 adventurer Charley Boorman, international travel photographer Sasha Gusov
, and SAA’s own Michelle Snodgrass and Sylvia Morton.

The competition saw almost 2,500 photography entries and over 12,000 new
 Facebook fans engaged with the competition on the campaign microsite. With so many stunning scenic shots capturing the
 beauty of South Africa entered, Facebook votes helped elevate the most 
popular images that went before the judges. The unique twist on the iconic
 image of Cape Town meant this nighttime image stood out from others. The 
judges loved the stunning colours of the night sky with the reflection on
 the rocks and the bustling city below.

The winner, Alco, from the Western
 Cape in South Africa, said: “This is the biggest surprise that I
 could have wished for. This shot was a favourite from when my girlfriend 
came to visit me in March. It was her first time to Cape Town and she was
 blown away by the view from Table Mountain and the city by night. After she 
left I had this photo printed on a massive canvas to be delivered to her 
door in London. Pleasant memories of a fantastic trip. I’m absolutely
 honoured to be selected as the winner.”

The winning ‘people’ image was chosen because the judges felt it perfectly
 captured the emotion, character and personality of the elderly gentleman in 
the photograph, taken in the Eastern Cape. Each time the judges looked at
 the picture, they noticed something new, which further enticed them to find 
out more about the subject.

Jon Danks, Head of Marketing UK&I, South African Airways, said: “We have been 
delighted to host such an amazing showcase of South Africa’s stunning 
landscapes and people. The quality of the entries from across the UK and
 Africa has been fantastic. Many images were incorporated into the
 marketing campaign to promote our routes and the beauty of South Africa as
 a destination. Thanks to everyone who entered and to our judges for their 
time, effort and hard work in selecting these two fantastic pictures.”

CaptureSouthAfrica.com generated more than 36,000 visits, with over 4,500 votes in total for the competition.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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