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Roger Ballen Photo Competition: My “Dorp”

('n Afrikaanse weergawe van hierdie dokument is beskikbaar. Sien asseblief die volgende inskrywing.) Today Roger Ballen is a name closely associated with DIE ANTWOORD. Zeff, ek sê. However, his roots (or maybe his routes?) go much deeper into the South African soil than rap fans would realise. To celebrate his roots (or maybe his routes?) Protea has just published DORPS, a collection of his iconic earlier works – some of which have never been seen before. These are from a time before Zeff. When antwoord simply meant answer. When life was slower.

This is a classic – a must-have in any photographer’s collection. Says Ballen: “In many ways I feel as if I have recorded the elements of a dying culture. I photographed these towns in the hope of ‘freezing’ time and arresting the utter extinction of the South African dorp.”

And we invite you to join in the fun. Our photo competition is called My “Dorp”. Send us your photographs of that place that you call “Dorp” – be it a city slum or a pristine rural town you may once have driven through. Remember, you retain full copyright of your photographs.

Protea is giving away three fabulous prices, one each for:

  1. The best black and white photograph

  2. The best colour photograph

  3. The best of nostalgia

Roger Ballen himself will select the winning photographs!

Each winner will receive a signed copy of DORPS and a gift voucher for R500 to be exchanged for any other Protea books. Please send entries to (the rules are below.) Please forward this e-mail to anyone who might be interested. The closing date is 1 March 2011.

Currently available at all good bookstores. Ask your store to place an order if they do not have copies in stock.

Dorps: The Small Towns of South Africa

AUTHOR: Roger Ballen


ISBN: 978-1-86919-394-2

FORMAT: 285 mm X 238 mm



  1. Photographs should be sent to with MY DORP in the subject line. The closing date is 1 March 2011.

  2. Please send only one photograph per e-mail.

  3. Only the first three entries from each photographer will be considered.

  4. Photographs must be supplied as JPGs and the longest side should be 1024 pixels. Preference will be given to photographs that follow these specifications, but we encourage anyone to enter, so if these specs sound hectic, please ensure that photographs do not exceed 2 megabytes! (Photographs that are too big will automatically be disqualified.)

  5. Photographs may be digitally enhanced.

  6. All photographs must be accompanied by the full name, e-mail and postal address of the photographer. Professional photographers may choose to enter using their studios' names, but pseudonyms will not be accepted.

  7. Protea Book House reserves the right to publish any entry in order to promote this competition. The term "publish" includes distribution by email, or on any digital forum, including the internet, as well as in the printed media. Protea Book House undertakes not to publish any of these photos for any other purpose without first obtaining written permission from the photographer. The photographer retains copyright.

  8. No picture presented may infringe any copyright and the entrant indemnifies Protea Book House, and agents acting on behalf of Protea Book House, of any action that may arise from a photograph submitted.

  9. Anyone may participate. For this competition the prizes will be posted free of charge to participants living in South Africa. Should a competitor outside South Africa win, Protea Book House will contact the winner to establish the best means by which the prize can be sent to her/him.

  10. Employees of Protea Book House and their family members will not be eligible for prizes.

  11. The judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  12. By participating, the participant gives Protea Book House the right to notify her/him of other competitions and similar promotions. However, Protea Book House undertakes not to disclose the participants' addresses to third parties and also undertakes to remove a participant from the database, should such a request be submitted in writing.

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