WITSIES stand a chance to win some serious cash with the third Carnegie student photographic project in conjunction with the SRC and transformation office.

Hugo Canham, the Carnegie projects manager, said: “This project was conceived out of recognition that transformation is a difficult topic to talk about.

“Art and photography present an opportunity to ‘talk’ about transformation in a creative manner.”

The competition allows students to interpret transformation through their photographs and “to show what transformation means to you”.

The dominant theme in 2008 was protests compared to buildings and objects in 2010. The organisers are looking forward to what students will come up with this year.

Photos can be taken by anyone and with anything, Canham said. Last year’s winner, Ogorogile Motswane, took his picture of Senate House with a cellphone.

SKY HIGH: The winning photo from the Transformation Photographic project in 2010. This interpretation of Senate House was taken with his cellphone.

At the final exhibition on May 12, three people stand to win R10 000, R5 000 and R2 500. There is a possibility of Nikon cameras being added to the prize according to Canham.

The prize money has doubled since last year and the organisers hope this will attract students from all departments to participate in the competition.

“The judges will not consider whether you are doing art or not. They don’t want art, they want your interpretation of transformation,” Canham said.

The photos from the competition will be archived in Wits’s records and compiled into a coffee book. Students will also be able to comment on the photos with their thoughts or feelings.

“This competition is a chance for students to leave their mark at Wits and to show future generations how they saw Wits at the specific time,” Canham said.

The Carnegie Foundation in New York has sponsored this competition and other transformation initiatives at Wits for the past few years.