Capturing our seasonal beauty in photographs

Mariette Steyn, winner Steve Trimby, centre, and Izak Lyons, with their award-winning entries.

Lourensford Estate has announced the winners of its year-long #SeasonsOfLourensford Instagram competition, with Steve Trimby @trimbysteve of Somerset West awarded the first place prize worth R5 000 for a gorgeous image he entered in the summer category.

“The standard of entries was exceptional and it was very difficult to select the winners,” said Koos Jordaan, general manager of Lourensford Wines.

“Steve’s winning photograph is of one our of dams and it truly captured the essence and beauty of Lourensford. Steve is an optometrist in Somerset West and clearly has a good eye.”

His prize includes a one-night stay at Erinvale, and a Lourensford Estate experience.

“I was inspired to take my winning photograph after enjoying one of the organised hikes at the estate,” says Steve.

“Alistair and Carole Tite were kind enough to take me to the dams at the crack of dawn to set up my tripod and camera, and I was able to capture the showcase of natural Lourensford elements as they were bathed in the early morning sunshine.

“As a regular visitor to the estate, Lourensford is a very special place for us and we are proud to have this little piece of paradise on our doorstep.

“There is a plethora of photographic talent in the Helderberg area and this is evident in the finalists’ gallery,” he adds.

His photograph hangs alongside 42 additional images featuring snow-capped mountains, pollinating bees, majestic proteas, delicate orchard blossoms and buds on the vine, in the inaugural exhibition, which is on public display in the wine-tasting centre through to Easter 2018.

Izak Lyons @redgrapeguy took second place overall, and a prize worth R3 000, for his colourful image of watsonias in bloom announcing the arrival of spring, which he entered in that season’s category.

The third place prize worth R1 500 went to Mariette Steyn @joysofm for her shot capturing the brilliant autumn hues of the estate’s iconic avenue.

The exhibition features a combination of professional and amateur photographers, who were invited to tag photos @Lourensford, which then selected the best images for each season, reposted them on their Instagram feed, and images that received the most votes were declared the winners.

A panel of judges selected the three overall winners for the year.