First Three Judges Announced For JBay Winterfest Photo Competition presented by Arbor Skateboards.

In Winterfest 2015 by Administrator W

We are running a photo competition, and we’re looking for your photographs of the action, lifestyle or anything that you think reflects the sports, culture and life of Jeffreys Bay. We’re giving away daily prizes, and the grand prize is R7,500.

To have a chance at impressing the judges and winning that R7500 cash, all photographers are encouraged to take photos in and around the JBay during the JBay Winterfest, upload them to Instagram and tag them with #jbaywinterfest.

This competition is open to anyone out there with a camera phone or better, and the goal is to Capture The Moment, show us that moment, and have a whole lot of fun in the process. Last year the very same competition saw over 1900 entries.

The first three judges in the JBay Winterfest Photo Competition presented by Arbor Skateboard have been announced. They are JBay Winterfest official photographer Kody McGregor, freelance photojournalist Jazz Kuschke, and former Zigzag editor and international surf correspondent Craig Jarvis

Kody McGregor, hailing from Port Elizabeth, has been steadily making a name for himself as one of the top surf and action-sports photographers in the country, and has had his work published in numerous magazines and newspapers and on a multitude of websites. His work is dynamic and exciting, and he has a unique knack of finding the excitement amongst what may seem mundane.

“As a freelance action photographer based in the Eastern Cape, I feel like I’m a good choice to judge the #JBayWinterfest photo competition. I have a great eye for good and interesting images, as well as some experience within the extreme/adventure photography. I enjoy looking at photographs as much as I like taking them. I also think I have a unique viewpoint to offer the judging panel. I have judged minor photography competitions before and I’m very keen to see what the public has to offer.

“A social media photography competition truly opens the door for people who would usually not be able to enter these kinds of competition without a serious digital camera. It connects people from all over the world, encourages involvement with the #JBayWinterfest events, and you get to win prizes for just posting a photo to your Instagram account! A no-brainer actually.”

Jazz Kuschke is a Garden Route-based surf bum disguised as an adventure sports photojournalist.  He’s held a permanent desks at Getaway, Men’s Health and Ride magazine but went on the freelance trail in 2011 and has since developed a complete disregard for the nine-to-five. He’s never worked harder than in the past four years and he has produced features and photographed subjects as varied as personal finance to how to order your first surfboard and the Absa Cape Epic. His portfolio has evolved from long-form print (still his first love) to digital multimedia, where he’s currently the chief writer and web editor for Jazz has been on the judging panel for the SA Fuji Wildlife Photography Awards (one of only three) and lectures on action sports and travel photography.

“It’s awesome to experience the JBay Winterfest from the eyes of the fans and spectators – to see the events from their point of view. These guys often capture angles the pro shooters are not covering, also, the fact that it is instant (where someone could upload an image of something that just happened) means the news is in their hands.”

Craig Jarvis was the editor of Zigzag Magazine back when the staff stared at slide film over a lightbox with a loupe in hand to choose covers and centerspreads. He works as an international surf correspondent, reporting on World Surf League events for a number of international surf magazines and websites, and has embraced Social Media whilst doing so.

“When I’m at an overseas event, and the waves are epic, I’d rather just bang off a shot of Slater from my iPhone instead of going back to an office to edit and correct,” he reckons. “The immediacy is what is expected today by the content-hungry surf fan population out there. If the shot is not perfect technically, it’s ok, because they know that Slater has just won an event a few seconds after it happened.”

All the competition rules and info are on the Photo Competition Page

Competition opens on 8 July and Closes 19 July.

Prizes: Grand Prize at the end is R7500.00 Cash. The grand Prize Winner will be announced at the end of the Festival on the 19th of July.

Daily Prizes to the Value of R2500 to be handed out daily. Daily prizes will be announced at the end of each day.