After nine grueling weeks and tons of shutter speed photos taken, a winner has been crowned of the season 2 finale of Canon’s hit reality TV series, ‘The Perfect Picture’.
Outshooting six other contestants, Lasizwe Dambuza, Jonathan Boyton-Lee, and Nomvelo Makhanya were crowned the top three in the last episode and Ivan Roux was sadly sent home.
The contestants used every bit of knowledge they learned during the competition to clinch the grand prize of R150,000 in cash and R100,000 worth of Canon photographic equipment.
For the finale, the contestants headed out for an incredible adventure in the mountains of Lesotho, where Dambuza fell ill and required immediate medical attention but soldiered on for the rest of the competition.
The challenge kicked off when the contestants met Maps Maponyane for their final brief on a beautiful, snowy mountain.
Maponyane made it clear that they were no longer shutterbugs but earned the title of full-fledged photographer, where they competed in four smaller challenges, taking the perfect set of travel log pictures.
Resident judges Neo Ntsoma and Hilary O’Leary, joined by Tristan Schäfer, had the ultimate decision to make.
Starting with Makhanya’s pictures, the judges loved the use of her model who wore a balaclava, mentioning that it captures the feel of Lesotho perfectly. Dambuza’s collection of photos was said to be carefully considered, striking a great balance of depth that added to the story.
Last up was Boyton-Lee’s pictures which immediately made the judges go ‘wow’. They loved his use of colors in the landscapes. Before the winner was announced, all the season’s contestants reunited at the art gallery. Makhanya’s overall score was 67, placing her in third place.
When asked what she would take away from the show, she said, “I applied myself to get this far. I listened and took everything in. It’s been an incredible experience.” Only two points separated the winner from the runner-up. After a suspenseful pause, Dambuza was crowned the winner with 73 points.
Confetti filled the room, and he was awarded the coveted trophy along with a check for R150,000 and R100,000 worth of Canon gear. Dambuza reminisced about his time during the competition saying, “For me, it was showing my evolution.
“People know me as a child star and for my caricatures, I play online. This was my breakthrough of becoming someone new and reinventing myself.”
That’s a wrap on season two of The Perfect Picture. Catch the repeat episode on Saturday at 17:30 on reality.
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