Visitors to our Facebook Page have been posting their best shots all year. Every Sunday evening I announce the winning photo of the week. Competition has been fierce, but at midnight on 31st December 2013 one photographer was crowned Point-N-Shoot Photographer Of The Year for 2013. Wilna Botha from South Africa was crowned this years winner with 8 weekly wins. Below are a selection of Wilna's photo's posted throughout the year.
Wilna says she only took up photography a year ago. Living in South Africa provides Wilna and her husband Willem (he came joint Third in the contest) with a rich photographic tapestry. Living near one of South Africa's many game reserves provides Wilna with plenty of wildlife photo opportunities. With a keen eye for detail, and a husband who has taught his wife well, it's amazing how well Wilna has progressed over the last year. She's just bought herself a New Fuji X-S1 bridge camera, and has already started getting to grips with it. What makes the Botha's different from your average casual photographer are two things.Firstly, she has a fantastic photographic vision, and secondly, Wilna and her husband take time to set up a small home studio, and experiment with light to produce some stunning photographs. She says she doesn't have a specific 'Passion' for any given subject, she'll try anything, but she does admit to being excited by water, sunrise and sunnsets, as her images above cleary show. Birdwatching is the one thing she doesn't like photographing as she says 'I think I do not have the patience for that one.'

Her husband Willem is her tutor and inspiration, and she has learned a lot from him. She also has several friends who are talented amateurs, and she tries to figure out what makes their pictures stand out, and then tries to apply it to her own work. It certainly shows. She' says 'I also like to to do the same with images I see in books, magazines and on the internet.' It's a good philosophy to hold in photographic terms. Aged 54, Wilna proves that you don't have to be young to do Digital Photography.

Wilna and Willem always try to get out at least once a week for a photographic trip, be it to the game reserve or the local park. Outside of Photography, Willem and Wilna can often be found helping disadvantaged children of all backgrounds. 
I'm sure we'll see more amazing images from Wilna this year..

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