Best of Sophort Safari 2018

 

The results are in! You can find the official results and the very best pictures of Vienna’s 4th Sophort Safari in this entry.

We would like to congratulate all attendees for their fantastic work and the effort they dedicated to creating their Polaroid pictures. For some of them their effort resulted in winning one of many great prizes by our event sponsor. We’d also like to thank them for helping us making this analog event happen!

easygoinc., SpotsnaprVöslauer, myProduct, Stiegl, Fuxherz, Lilias, Vaca Care, All I Need, CreateYourDate, Wrapstars, Wien Gin.

We are already looking forward to seeing you in the next year!

Top 15

Congratulations to this years winner Andrea Hainzinger! The Upper Austrian succeeded with four high rated Polaroids, one of them even winning one of the categories. In the end she bested second place finisher Patrick Detz (a second time attendee) by just 2 points to win the event.

The Safari was held for the fourth time and Andrea is the already fourth female winner. Will we see the first male contestant at the top of the field in 2019 or will the female reign continue?

 

Place Name Team Points
1 Hainzinger, Andrea 187
2 Detz, Patrick 185
3 Luef, Barbara 184
4 Sabetzer, Christine FOSO und FOSA 183
5 Jauk, Katharina 176
6 Kurcz, Margarita 174
Lauber, Bernadette 174
8 Okc, Oz 172
9 Baumgartner, Harald 170
10 Lauter, Thomas 169
11 Meisinger, Marlene 168
Zeiler, Sabine Schießverein 168
13 Pimperl, Sophie 166
14 Padayhag, Thommy 160
Dias, Cássia 157

off overall 25 teams (about 39 attendees)

You can find all the points and individual results here

Top 3 “Overall”

  • 1st Place: Andrea Hainzinger (Pic 1 to 4)
  • 2nd Place: Patrick Detz (Pic 5 to 8)
  • 3rd Place: Barbara Luef (Pic 9 to 12)

Click to enlarge the picture to see place and name of the corresponding contestant

 

Top 3 “Tierisch | Animalistic”

  • 1st Place: Harald Baumgartner
  • 2nd Place: Margarita Kurcz
  • 3rd Place: Patrick Detz

 

Top 3 “Essenziell | Essential”

  • 1st Place: Margarita Kurcz
  • 2nd Place: Christine Sabetzer
  • 3rd Place: Thomas Lauter

 

Top 3 “Blendend | Blinding”

  • 1st Place: Thommy Padayhag
  • 1st Place: Andrea Hainzinger
  • 3rd Place: Katharina Jauk

 

Top 3 “On The Road Again”

  • 1st Place: Marlene Judit Meisinger
  • 2nd Place: Christine Sabetzer
  • 3. Platz: Bernadette Lauber

 

Top 3 “Gerollt | Rolled”

  • 1st Place: Sophie Pimperl
  • 2nd Place: Andrea Hainzinger
  • 3rd Place: Christine Sabetzer

 

Top 3 “Sommer | Summer”

  • 1st Place: Patrick Detz
  • 2nd Place: Katharina Jauk
  • 3rd Place: Barbara Luef
  • 3rd Place: Oz Okc

 

Top 3 “Farben | Colors”

  • 1st Place: Sabine Zeiler
  • 2nd Place: Barbara Luef
  • 3rd Place: Margarita Kurcz

 

Top 3 “Flüssig | Liquid”

  • 1st Place: Oz Okc
  • 2nd Place: Patrick Detz
  • 3rd Place: Dominik Nather

 

New Free Polaroid Photography Competition

 

Every year we are hosting the Sophort Safari, a day long photo competition with Polaroid cameras, in Vienna, Austria. This year we’ll be celebrating the fourth year of the event. We thought: “How can we get even more people to participate?” That’s how we came up with a new way to join:

The Online Safari

For the first time we’ll be organizing this new photo competition as a part of the main competition. And that’s how it works:

  • You need a Polaroid camera that works with Polaroid Originals film
  • You need to register here (it’s completely free)
  • On the day of the Safari you will be receiving an email with instructions and the photo topic.
  • Go out and take a Polaroid on the very day, scan it or take a digital picture of it and post it to Instagram and/or Twitter, using the hashtags of the competition

The Prizes

That’s it! We will then choose a winner from all entries. The winner will receive an instant photography themed goodie bag by us, including:

Taking part in the competition is completely free and you can take part from everywhere in the world.

But, you cannot take part without registering here. You can find all the details and rules here as well.

We hope to see your amazing entries in May and maybe you even come join us in Vienna for the main event.

If you have questions about the competition, let me know in the comments.

My Sophort Safari Adventure

A guest post by Kady Kirchmayr

 

Hey guys, it’s Kady! I’m one of the guides of Instant Tours here in Vienna, and I luckily got to participate in the Sophort Safari 2017. Here’s the inside scoop of what it was like for me.

Note: Kady was invited to attend and report from the event. Therefore she wasn’t eligible for any prizes.

 

The Starter Bag

I had a very relaxed start into my Safari, as I came to pick up my Kiwi-green Safari starter-bag at around 11am. The bag itself was filled with more than just a camera, film and the instructions for the day. It also contained some snacks (which I made good use of during the day), drinks, and other goodies. As I had been a Sophort tour guide for more than a year, I skipped the short introduction to Polaroid photography which was provided by the Sophort team, and checked out the eight photography missions of the Safari 2017 right away.

Snacking on some cake provided by the Sophorteers, I looked through this year’s photo topics and immediately had some locations in mind for a few of them. “Vienna from above”, for example, made me think of spots like the Kahlenberg, the top of Stephansdom, or perhaps the restaurant “Oben” (which quite literally means above). I ended up somewhere completely different, but more of this later. For the topic “Market Day”, I instantly knew where I wanted to go. I grabbed my Sophort starter-bag and took off.

A short subway ride later I emerged into the urban jungle that is the Naschmarkt on a Saturday. It seemed like all of Vienna was gathered in the small alleys between the opulent food stands.

Still, I made my way through there and reached the weekly flea market which was, as usually, filled with curious things and even more curious people. I even spotted a few instant cameras here and there. I snapped my first shot as soon as a large group of people had passed by, and thanks to the great light and the blue sky in the background this picture is one of those that I am happiest with.

Submission to “Market Day”

I was off to a good start, but I still had seven photo missions to go. “Air Guitar” was the next topic that I was going to attempt, and this was actually quite a quick one. It only took me a bit of persuasion to convince the boyfriend that he would make a fabulous air guitar player. In hindsight, this shot would have been more spectacular if I had told him to jump around while “playing the guitar”. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to keep that in mind for my next air guitar photo shoot.

“Air Guitar”

After a quick lunch break I was ready for the next mission. I decided to go to Prater, as this would allow me to hit two birds with one stone. The topic “Adventure” was basically made for a location such as Prater.

And as I had never taken a ride in one of the famous Viennese ferris wheels, I decided that now was the perfect time to try it for a shot of “Vienna from above”.

Upon arrival, I had a hard time picking a spot for the “Adventure” shot. After checking out the water slide and a variety of other rides, I ended up choosing the Rollercoaster, which conveniently had the very decorative ferris wheel in the background. I even got a cart in the shot as it was swooshing by!

Submission to “Adventure”

I had originally planned to go up on the famous red Viennese ferris wheel for my “Vienna from above” shot, but upon seeing the line for the ride, I decided to check out the second ferris wheel located across the Prater park. No line there, so I went right in. Thanks to the gorgeous weather I had a lovely view from all the way up there, so nice in fact, that I almost forgot to take a picture! Luckily you get to go around a few times, so I did get my shot in the end. I wish the cloudy sky would have turned out better in this shot, but all in all it was well worth the ride.

“Vienna from above”

Before moving on to the next location, I spotted a place for my “Reflection” shot – and I just couldn’t resist a selfie. I did get a few curious looks from fellow fun park visitors for shooting a Polaroid selfie, but that didn’t stop me.

“Reflection”

By the time I walked back to the subway station it was already past 2:30 pm, so I had to hurry up a little to get to my last shooting location. I decided to go into the first district for some classic Viennese charm. As I got out of the subway station at Stephansplatz I realized that I was not the only one with that thought – I was almost swallowed up by a sea of tourists, all of whom were happily snapping hundreds of pictures.

Still, I made my way over the square to my next subject, one of the classic horse carriages that roam Vienna, for my “Double” shot.

Thanks to the beautiful light and the cooperative carriage driver, it turned out quite nice. The Fiaker seemed a little surprised when I whipped out my Polaroid camera instead of the usual phone or DSLR, and told me with a twinkle in his eye that I was “not exactly up to date with my photography gear”.

Submission to “Double”

With only two more shots to go, turned towards the Albertina museum for what may be my favorite set of stairs in Vienna. It took me a little while to decide exactly how I was going to frame the “Stairs” shot. When I had finally found the right spot, I patiently waited for people to pass by to take the picture.

I thought I was good but when I pressed the shutter button, two girls turned up out of nowhere and ran right into my shot. Uh oh, I thought, that photo is ruined, better take another one.

Only after I had taken that second picture I realized my mistake – I had no more film left for my last photo topic, “Weekend”! Luckily we were allowed to choose our four favorite shots for the competition, so my loss was not too big. Also, it was almost time to bring back the camera anyways, so I made my way back to the Sophort headquarter.

I arrived there a little while later, a bit exhausted but very happy with how the day had gone. I even discovered that my ruined “Stairs” shot had actually become much more interesting because of the two photo bombers, who were luckily quite stylish, too!

Submission to “Stairs”

With a little help and advice of the Sophort team, I decided to enter my pictures in the categories “Market Day”, “Adventure”, “Double” and “Stairs” into the competition.

All four submissions

The Sophort Safari was all about creativity, and having fun with instant photography. Despite the fact that I frequently get to work with Polaroid cameras in my job as a Sophort tour guide, the Safari was an exciting experience for me.

It pushed me to think of new ways to play with the medium. In addition, it also reopened my eyes to the beauty of Vienna.

When you only have 8 pictures available as you do with an Impossible film, you really start to think about your subjects, and you look much more closely at your surroundings. Thanks Sophort, I had an awesome day!

Editor’s note: Kady came in third place. Follow the link to few the results and get more info on the event!

Best of Sophort Safari 2017

 

You can find the results and very best photos of the 3. Sophort Safari in Vienna from April 29, 2017 in this blog post. Congratulations to everyone who attended for their creative and skillful submissions!

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors:

easygoinc. LongboardsSpotsnaprImpossible ProjectJim BeamGood Morning ViennaVöslauerRed BullÖlzLorenzMcCaféHard Rock Cafe ViennaThe House of CanadamyProductStiegl and Wien Museum.

We are already looking forward to the next year’s event. See you there!

Top 15

Click to enlarge the picture to see place and name of the corresponding contestant

 

Place Name Team Points
1 Kamolmas, Jayien The Persuaders 225
2 Mayr, Astrid 218
3 Kirchmayr, Katrin* 207
4 Luef, Barbara 202
5 Konlechner, Isabella 201
Stundner, Christine 201
7 Grohs, Christina 200
8 Detz, Patrick 199
9 Kurz, David 198
10 Padayhag, Thommy 194
Panholzer, Lilly 194
Krall, Barbara 194
13 Dias, Cássia 193
14 Sock, Reinhard FOSO und FOSA 191
Alibegic, Sanela 191

off overall 39 teams (approx. 61 attendees)

You can find the points in the individual categories and all places of all attendees here

*not eligible for prizes

Top 3 “Air Guitar”

  • 1st Place: David Kurz
  • 2nd Place: Christine Stundner
  • 3rd Place: Reinhard Sock (FOSO und FOSA)

 

Top 3 “Market Day”

  • 1st Place: Marlene Judith Meisinger
  • 1st Place: Katrin Kirchmayr
  • 3rd Place: Jayien Kamolmas (The Persuaders)

 

Top 3 “Reflection”

  • 1st Place: Astrid Mayr
  • 2nd Place: Isabella Konlechner
  • 2nd Place: Thommy Padayhag

 

Top 3 “Adventure”

  • 1st Place: Katrin Kirchmayer
  • 2nd Place: Sanela Alibegic
  • 2nd Place: Astrid Mayr

 

Top 3 “Double”

  • 1st Place: Bianca-Maria Braunshofer
  • 2nd Place: Astrid Mayr
  • 3rd Place: Christina Grohs

 

Top 3 “Weekend”

  • 1st Place: Jayien Kamolmas (The Persuaders)
  • 2nd Place: Lilly Panholzer
  • 2nd Place: Patrick Detz

 

Top 3 “Vienna from above”

  • 1st Place: Cássia Dias
  • 2nd Place: Anna Aufner
  • 2nd Place: Barbara Luef

 

Top 3 “Stairs”

  • 1st Place: Jayien Kamolmas
  • 2nd Place: Barbara Luef
  • 3rd Place: Christine Stundner

 

All photos by all the attendees