Ensure your #ZOPetSelfie entry is indeed a selfie

Orrin Singh, with his dog CJ, demonstrates how to take a selfie PHOTO: Theresa Singh

ENTRIES for the #ZOPetSelfie competition are streaming in, proving just how animal crazy Zululanders are.

However, once voting opens, our esteemed judging panel will be forced to discard those entries that are not selfies.

Even though all entries have been published both on our online competition page and in the newspaper, only selfies will be eligible for the voting round.

For those who have not yet entered and need some help in taking a selfie, here are some simple guidelines.

But remember, the cut-off date for entries is 4pm on Wednesday, 26 July.

What is a selfie?

According to Wikipedia, a selfie is ‘a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a digital camera or camera phone which is held in the hand or supported by a selfie stick’.

The description goes on to say that selfies are taken by holding the camera at arm’s length and not by using a self-timer.

A selfie stick can be used to hold the camera further away from the subject – you – allowing the photograph to include more of the surroundings, if necessary.

How to take a selfie

Strike a pose – in this case with your pet

Hold your camera or camera phone at arm’s length and snap your pic.

Five top tips to taking a good selfie

Hold the camera as still as possible to ensure a focused photograph.

Avoid shadows and ensure you are in good, natural lighting.

Smile like you mean it.

Experiment in taking the photo from interesting angles.

Keep your background interesting and simple.


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Tamlyn Jolly

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