APSSA honours award – a new milestone

Just received the good news – my panel of 15 photos was approved by the Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA) panel of judges for the Associateship (APSSA) honours award on my first attempt. I am so excited because it is an award for very hard working over a period of three years – first to capture the images of such quality and nature and secondly putting them together into a panel that is acceptable for the judges. Thanks for everybody involved during these three years  and for making it possible for me to get the images. Also a special thanks for those supporting me during the last few weeks/months – I am not mentioning any names because I am afraid I might leave somebody out.

My wife also received her APSSA honours award – well done, Liefie – so we went out to celebrate. We had some interesting discussions and I could not believe the fact that 3 years ago I didn’t even know how switch on a DSLR camera, let alone what the abbreviation stands for. Well, here I am now with my first ever honours award.

Just a little bit of background information regarding the honours award in order for you to understand the process – quoted from the PSSA honours manual (http://www.pssa.co.za/honours-and-awards/honours-applications):

There are various awards in recognition of photographic skill and achievement. These awards are made to successful applicants in recognition of photographic mastery, skill and achievement. Associateship: The APSSA is awarded for a high standard of technical skill, competence and creative ability. This award recognizes a high standard of achievement in the art and science of the medium and is awarded in recognition of work of a good aesthetic and technical standard. The applicant must already hold a LPSSA in digital or must have been awarded a 3 Diamond Rating in Digital.

Applications for APSSA  requires submission of a panel of fifteen (15) original images respectively. The panel of 15 images should be presented in such a manner as to satisfy the judges that the work hangs together as a panel and does not appear to be a series of disparate images. The work will be viewed by the judges in number order and all entries should thus be numbered. One should consider technique as an integral part of the picture. In an Honours application one’s technique should be impeccable. A picture well handled should hardly need to be considered for technique. If the image is not technically correct the subject matter is unlikely to be considered unless the picture is exceptional

All images in the panel have to be passed by 66.6% of the judges. In the event that sufficient judges do not pass the panel, it is analyzed for credits. Credits will be awarded to unsuccessful applicants. In order for a credit to be awarded 75% of the judges need to pass a specific image. Credits will be awarded at each of four successive judging sessions.

 

Here is my panel of the 15 images in the order they were presented to the judges. These are the images as presented. I’ve changed nothing – I’ve only added my watermark which is not allowed in the submission.

 

1. Hippo yawn 1 W1. Hippo yawn 1

Photo taken on Chobe River from Lou Coetzer’s specially designed photography boat.

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2 Hippo playtime 4 W2 Hippo playtime 4

Photo taken on Chobe River, Botswana from Lou Coetzer’s specially designed photography boat.

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3 Martial eagle nesting material  2 W3 Martial eagle nesting material  2

Photo taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa from my own vehicle.

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4 Grey headed gull dropping fish W4 Grey headed gull dropping fish

Photo taken on Chobe River, Botswana from Lou Coetzer’s specially designed photography boat.

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5 Fish eagle in full W5 Fish eagle in full

Photo taken on Chobe River, Botswana from Lou Coetzer’s specially designed photography boat.

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6 Gabar Goshawk After the bath W6 Gabar Goshawk After the bath

Photo taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa from my own vehicle.

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7 Fish eagle landing ground W7 Fish eagle landing ground

Photo taken on Chobe River, Botswana from Lou Coetzer’s specially designed photography boat.

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8 Juvenile goshawk take off W8 Juvenile goshawk take off

Photo taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa from my own vehicle.

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9 Parrot interaction W9 Parrot interaction

Photo taken from the underground elephant hide, Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana.

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10 Bulbul  My seat W10 Bulbul  My seat

Photo taken from the underground elephant hide, Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana.

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11 Lapwing with butterfly W11 Lapwing with butterfly

Photo taken on Chobe River, Botswana from Lou Coetzer’s specially designed photography boat.

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12 Little erget flying W12 Little egret flying

Photo taken on Chobe River, Botswana from Lou Coetzer’s specially designed photography boat.

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13 Cheetah lookout 2 W13 Cheetah lookout 2

Photo taken from a safari vehicle in the Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana.

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14 Lioness and cubs drinking water 3 W14 Lioness and cubs drinking water 3

Photo taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa from my own vehicle.

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15 Curious young jackal 1 W15 Curious young jackal 1

Photo taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa from my own vehicle.

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Message to take home:

Never give up on your dreams – and this APSSA honours award was two years ago just a dream to me. Never thought it will become reality one day. Just to show you, believe in yourself.

Until next time – keep on shooting while keeping your dream in mind!!!

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  1. #1 by puppy1952 on August 22, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Fantastic news. Well done.

  2. #2 by de Wets Wild on August 23, 2013 - 2:12 am

    All of them stunning images Willem – certainly a well deserved accolade. Congratulations!

  3. #3 by bessie on August 24, 2013 - 10:42 am

    Congratulations Willem and Teresa! Your photography skills are of the highest that I have encountered. The images speak of true mastership. Very well done.

  4. #4 by whk139 on August 26, 2013 - 5:58 am

    Thanks Puppy, de Wets and Bessie. Just a blessing to be able to capture images like these.

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