Lourensford Estate has announced the winners of the Autumn #SeasonsOfLourensford Instagram competition, with Megan Hutton of Somerset West winning the public category and Clifford Wort the Instagrammer category.
Both winners receive a Lourensford Estate Wine collection valued at R1 000. Their images are also eligible for the Grand Prize, which includes a one-night stay at Erinvale plus a Lourensford Estate experience valued at R5 000, to be announced at the opening of the inaugural #SeasonsOfLourensford exhibition in November 2017.
Hutton, whose Instagram handle is @raining_meg, shared the inspiration behind the image she captured on her Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Camera:
“I was encouraged to enter the #SeasonsOfLourensford competition by one of my Instagram followers, and the competition was the perfect excuse for me to take an outing to Lourensford on a cold Sunday morning to get lost in what seems like every nature photographer’s dream. My photograph ‘Get lost in pretty places’ captures the yellow-green Autumn hues and was taken at a moment when I felt completely inspired. The scene tickled my senses and I felt as though I could get lost in it for hours,” said Hutton.
“Having grown up on a farm in the Karoo, I feel most inspired when surrounded by beautiful natural places. My passion for photography allows me to showcase my appreciation for nature, creativity and the outdoors. It brings me great joy and allows me to bring joy to others.”
Clifford Wort, the winner in the Instagram photographers category, said he was grateful to Lourensford for selecting his image as the Autumn winner. “The scene of the yellowing vines and the strong mountain in the background grabbed my attention immediately. The light was ever changing because of the clouds, so it was a real challenge to capture the moment,” said Wort, who shot the image on a Canon 7D Mark II with a Sigma 18-250mm lens.
The competition, which spotlights the beauty of the farm as it is transformed by the seasons, is attracting enthusiastic support and there are still two seasons to shoot to win, with Winter up next and the deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017.
The public enter by uploading an image taken at Lourensford Estate to their personal Instagram feeds, ensuring they tag @Lourensford and use the hashtags #SeasonsOfLourensford and #LoveLourensford. Lourensford selects the best images for each season, reposts them on the @Lourensford Instagram feed and invites the public to comment on their favourite. The image that gets the most votes from unique users wins.