The Crestock Photo Contest 2007: Interview with the final winner Nico Smit

Posted Wednesday, 20 June 2007 by Tormod & Lars in Photography, Interviews
We phoned up Nico Smit, the winner of the first prize in the Crestock Photo Contest 2007, to break the news to him.
The magnificent winning photo
The magnificent winning photo
Nico Smit
Nico Smit
On a poor phone connection from somewhere in the South African bush, ecologist Nico Smit reacted with immense surprise and joy when we phoned him to let him know that his third round entry, entitled "Sprinting greyhound" came out victorious after the final tally of the public and jury votes had been made.

Having last visited the contest pages yesterday, he had started to loose his hope of winning, after seeing what he was up against, but upon receiving our call today, he called it "The best news I've ever had" (let's hope for his sake that he doesn't have a wife and kids!)

The winning photo, shot on film with a Canon EOS 3 and a 400mm f/2.8 lens, was captured at an illegal dog race, held in public as means of gaining publicity for such events and their legal status.
- These events are ideal for perfecting your photography skills, getting the focus right is especially hard.

Nico, better known to Crestock users as "EcoShow", is an ecologist by profession, giving lectures in grassland ecology at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. His position includes much field work, which he combines with his love for photography, resulting in a portfolio filled to the brim with superb photos of animal life on the savanna.

I'm afraid I'll wake up and realize that winning this camera was all a dream.
- Nico Smit
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Comments:

Congratulations! =)
By Joy75 on Wednesday, 20 June 2007 7:14 PM
That's a fantastic photo!! You definitely deserved to win! :)
Stunning! WOW!
By Yuri_Arcurs on Wednesday, 20 June 2007 7:30 PM
Great upgrade in equipment you are getting!!!
Thank you
By EcoShow on Wednesday, 20 June 2007 7:34 PM
Yes, I am indeed proud of the image. Photographing greyhounds at full speed is probably one of the most difficult and challenging things that I have done. I do a lot of part time freelance sport and photo journalist work and photographing dogs at a dog race does not mean that I agree with or support dog races. We as photographers bring real life events to the public. Do you think that the press photographers covering a war enjoy or support the suffering of the people that they observe and photograph every day? Yet photos can stop a war.

Enough said. I just want to thank Crestock for this opportunity and the wonderful prize they made available. Thank you also to those that voted for the image. I am honored to have won this magnificent prize.

Nico Smit
Great
By poojitha on Sunday, 24 June 2007 5:28 AM
Great picture,frozen emotion of that dog is unbelievable
Congrats!
By Audioslave on Monday, 25 June 2007 3:29 PM
Fantastic photo, really deserved to win!
By Saddened on Sunday, 27 January 2008 4:27 PM
that is the saddest photo i have ever seen.

that dog looks like it is in terrible pain and has been spurred to race.

why don't people realize the torture associated with greyhound racing?

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