Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.
With Samoa being so full of candid moments, why not share them with the world?
That was the idea behind Business Systems Ltd (B.S.L.) and Samoa Observer’s promotion, #Observershots.
With the theme “Everyday Samoa”, participants were given a chance to win the highly anticipated iPhoneX by simply uploading everyday photos around Samoa onto Instagram and hashtag #observershots.
Yesterday, Lillian Stunzer, via her Instagram alias Nor.illy, was the lucky winner. She was presented with her prize yesterday morning at the B.S.L. office, Apia.
Her winning photograph depicted her daughter, Norma Kailia Katoa, playing with puppies which got 969 votes.
Ipads, tablets and smartphones were given as consolation prizes to the top 10 participants.
All prizes were sponsored by B.S.L.
According to B.S.L. spokesperson, Leeroy Feaunati, the competition was a great success. Mr. Feaunati added the competition showed Samoa that promoting our country is as simple as taking random photographs and placing them onto a social media platform for all to see.
“It is a good promotion that not only promotes both companies, but also Samoa,” he said.
“This promotion ran for three months and this morning we have our winner and also our nine consolation prizes which will be awarded."
“The promotion really turned out well, it motivates and inspires our young people of Samoa just to push with technology and also social media.”
According Ms. Stunzner, the prize is a great early Christmas present for her mother.
“I’m feeling really good because mom really wanted the phone,” she told the Sunday Samoan.
“We really couldn’t believe it; we were like ‘are you sure?’ and that’s pretty much it. We were just shocked.”
Ms. Stunzner said she did not consider herself a photographer and she gave all credit for the photo to her brother.
“To be honest, it was my brother, who took the photo,” she said. “So they were just playing with the puppies because she (Norma) loves animals so much and she was lying down and yeah."
“They were just crawling up over her since she loved it and then he decided to take a photo.”
Ms. Stunzner says she is a stay-at-home mother and spends much of her time taking care of her three-year-old Norma.
She admits that she doesn’t see herself as creative enough to be a photographer, but in her own personal view, a great photograph takes into account good background, good content and with good colors.
And with her family sending in a total of three photographs into the competition, they can sit back and enjoy their early Christmas present from B.S.L. and Samoa Observer.
“I submitted one, my mother did one and my younger did one too,” Ms. Stunzner said. “Thank you to B.S.L. and Samoa Observer. Have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.”