6 of the best photos 2017

Footsteps eco-lodge Gambia | 6 of the best photo contest | 2017 finale

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The Gambia has so many opportunities to take beautiful pictures. The colours, people, culture and nature all contribute to amazing photos that we see all through the year at Footsteps. We love to see our guests memories and take part in their experiences. That is the background for our contest “Six of the best”. This year we have also included pictures from the rest of the continent and asked you all to share your best Gambia or Africa photos on social media. From among those we chose the final six. Only one will win a holiday at Footsteps and you will determine who that is!

Thank you to all our entrants for our 2017 Six of The Best photos competition. We have selected these 6 finalists.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

Let’s meet our finalists!

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Graham Workman: ‘Sweet Love’

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”top”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3348″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]“We were honoured to be invited to go and meet Lamin Bojangs family when we were in The Gambia and thought a little treat for the children would be some ‘Love Heart’ sweets we’d brought from the UK. The children ‘loved’ them and it was a joy watching their little faces light up when ‘mum’ dropped several sweets into each outstretched hand! 

I’m an ecologist based in the UK and photography is an essential every day tool. It allows me to capture landscapes, habitats and species which I later use in technical reports. I’ve been privileged to have had a career spanning 40 years where the key focus has been conserving wildlife.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Anette Holta: ‘Friendly Fight’

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”top”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”3350″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]“The picture is taken in Serengeti, Tanzania. I had just landed after a balloon ride, near a pride of lions. Suddenly two lions attacked each other, but I think it was a friendly fight. It only lasted a couple of seconds, so I’m very glad I had my camera ready and that I got to take this photo at all.

I’m 34 years old, from Norway, and I love to travel! I have to see at least one new country every year, and my goal is to see as much of the world as I can!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Simon Fenton: ‘Kids & Kayaks’ (entry by Dave Adams)

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”top”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”3352″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]“Taken by Simon Fenton (R.I.P.) at Karantaba Tenda in The Gambia, from where Mungo Park departed on his final voyage, this picture captures the beauty of the setting and evokes a myriad of stories and imagined adventures.” Sent in by Dave Adams.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Rob Garner: ‘The Contemplative Birder’

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”top”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”3355″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Taken just outside Banjul on a birding walk with Lamin Bojang with a Nikon D5100 (Lens: Nikkor 70-300mm, Focal length: 70mm at F4.5, 1/320sec at auto iso 200).“[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Olaf van Egdom: ‘Maternal Love’

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”top”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3357″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]“Traveling around in the Gambia, I experienced such a warm feeling. The people are so friendly and helpful and the landscape and fauna are just as beautiful. The way the mother Green Monkey holds her baby reflects the feeling I had when traveling through the Gambia, and still have when looking back at my trip, ‘warmth’.

I am a chemistry teacher from the Netherlands. I love to travel and meet different cultures. While traveling the Gambia, and especially while staying at Footsteps, I could really unwind and truly had a blast. I hope to experience this welcome feeling again soon.”

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Mark Gray: “Beneath the Baobab”

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”top”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”3359″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]“I took this photo whilst on a bird spotting boat trip on the river running along The Gambia’s southern border with Senegal, near Kartong. The bright colours of the fishing boats reflect the warm and easy-going nature synonymous with the residents of the ‘Smiling Coast’ whereas the mighty Baobab tree represents the pride that Gambians have for their cultural roots and the strength that they derive from them. 

I’m a postgraduate student and (very) amateur photographer from Salisbury in the UK. I first visited The Gambia in 1999 with my secondary school and fell head over heels in love with the place. I’ve been back a further 3 times since and intend to return again and again.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Why we hold this competition

The idea behind the Six of the Best photos competition is not only to showcase the wonderful pictures our guests take each year here in Gambia. We also want to raise awareness and funds to support some very deserving and worthy causes. The six finalist photos that you can vote for are all part of our new gift card collection for 2017. We give these freely to all of our guests, along with a suggestion of a small donation to our charity of the year. This year we are supporting the Upper Basic school in Gunjur.

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6 amazing photos – give your vote on the best one!

 

It’s time now for the voting to start and for one of our lucky entrants to win a holiday for two staying at the multi award winning Footsteps Eco Lodge. You can vote throughout October, and remember: you can only vote once*. Take action now, vote on the photo you like the most, share the page and ask your friends and family to do the same![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Time to cast your vote!

Who will win a week at Footsteps? It’s in your hands now! All you have to do is choose your star (and press/click it).

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]All our photographers are already winners. Now let’s reward one of them with a fantastic holiday in Gambia. GOOD LUCK!

*) One vote per IP address.

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6 of the best photo contest 2017

Footsteps eco-lodge Gambia | 6 of the best Gambia photos competition | 2016 finalist Daisy O'Neill

Winning a photography holiday has never been easier

 

Have you ever visited The Gambia or another country in Africa? Do you have the photographs to prove it? Then you too can enter our 6 of the best photo contest and win a  holiday for two at our lodge! Here’s how:

Step 1:

Like/follow us on Twitter, InstagramFacebook or Google+.

Step 2:

Share your favourite photo on your own social media profile. It has to be the profile you used to connect with us in step 1 and you have to make sure any visibility or privacy settings are set to public, otherwise we will not be able to see your entry. Please post one photo at a time.

Step 3:

Tag us in the post you prepared in step 2. Also include the hashtag #6otb2017gambia for photographs taken in The Gambia or #6otb2017africa for photographs taken elsewhere in Africa.

 

That’s all there is to it and you can enter as many photographs as you like until the end of August 2017. Please use one photo for each post.

Our team of judges will then start the difficult task of selecting the 6 best entries in each of the two categories of the photo contest. It will not be possible to be selected with more than one photo.
Finalists of the photo contest will be contacted and announced before the end of September 2017. In October 2017 the public will vote for their favourite entry and will determine who wins:

A week at Footsteps for two in our photo contest!

Bed & breakfast in any available week (excluding the last two weeks of December), flights not included.
Have you already booked and payed your holiday with us? No problem! If you win, we’ll give you your prize in cash on arrival.

Hope to see you soon!

6 of the best Gambia photos 2016

Footsteps eco-lodge Gambia | 6 of the best Gambia photos competition | 2016 finale

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The Gambia has so many opportunities to take beautiful pictures. The colours, people, culture and nature all contribute to amazing photos that we see all through the year at Footsteps. We love to see our guests memories and take part in their experiences. That is the background for our contest “Six of the best”. We asked our guests to send us their best Gambia photos and from among those we chose the final six. Only one will win a holiday at Footsteps and you will determine who that is!

Thank you to all our entrants for our 2016 Six of The Best Gambia photos competition. We have painstakingly whittled them down to form our 6 Gambia photos being used in this years collection.

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Let’s meet our finalists!

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David Levine:

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”top”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2775″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]”I am David Levine, a retired family physician living in the Casamance (Southern Senegal) since 2011. I’ve been helping to run West Africa Medicine & Education, a charity registered in The Gambia, which I established in 2006. We provide infrastructure support for rural medical clinics and help send kids to school. I am the proud father of one son, Ben, who lives near Seattle, WA, and is 35 years old.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Daisy O’Neill: Local children from the village of Gunjur, welcoming us to ‘The Smiling Coast’

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“I am Daisy O’Neill, 20 years old and a Photography student at the University of Brighton. I have been passionate about photography for several years and very much enjoyed having the opportunity to capture images in The Gambia, such a beautiful and welcoming country. I have been lucky enough to photograph in several countries in Africa; Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Ghana and now Gambia, and the quality of the African light is truly exceptional.”

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Bob Hunter: Green velvet monkey mother with her youngster

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”top”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”2761″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]”We are Bob & Carol Hunter and we spent a most enjoyable two weeks at Footsteps between New Year’s Eve 2015 and the 21st of January 2016.  We live in the village of Birgham, near Coldstream in the Scottish Borders.  I quickly became known in The Gambia as the bloke who visited ‘Bathurst’, now Banjul when I was 8-years old, some 60 years ago!  We have travelled extensively, including within Africa, as well as living in Sierra Leone (Bob), Malawi (where we were married) and South Africa.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Chris Prince: Today’s catch

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”top”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2757″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]”My name is Chris Prince and I’m a postman from Crawley Sussex in the United Kingdom. I’ve been a keen birdwatcher for many years and that developed (excuse the photographic pun) into a love for nature in general and a passion for trying to reproduce my experiences with photography. My wife Alison and I are travelling a lot more to see the many different natural wonders. The photography helps me to share these experiences with other people.
We have been to a few different african countries and love them all. The Gambia has called us back four times so far and it still seems to keep beckoning to us, I think it’s the pace of life, the amazing people and of course the fantastic wildlife. So as long as we are physically able, we will keep on going and if your interested in my photography I have a website.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Ian Misselbrook: Purple Glossy Starlings

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”top”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”2764″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]”I am no stranger to The Gambia having visited this lovely country nine times and on eight of those I spent some time staying at Footsteps. I love the wildlife, the culture and the friendliness of the people. Footsteps feels like my second home. All the staff make my wife Sue and I very welcome; in fact we feel like family!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Cor Koster: High fives!

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”top”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”2768″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]”My name is Cor Koster, I am 56, from the Netherlands, love my kids, my African queen Peace and taking pictures of all sorts. Am at the moment working in Kazakhstan where given the location I am living photo opportunities are not as easily available as in Gambia.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Let’s remind ourselves why we hold this competition ?

The idea behind the Six of the Best Gambia photos competition is not only to showcase the wonderful pictures our guests take each year here in Gambia. We also want to raise awareness and funds to support some very deserving and worthy causes. The six Gambia photos that you can vote for are all part of our new gift card collection for 2016. We give these freely to all of our guests, along with a suggestion of a small donation to our charity of the year. This year we are supporting Afnow (which stands for Abubakarr Siddique Foundation for Needy and Orphan Welfare).

Just so you know, the link is live and you can donate some money directly to them through their website. Or send us an email and we will guide you how to support.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”64px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class=”beached” css=”.vc_custom_1472387734376{background-color: rgba(214,192,165,0.5) !important;*background-color: rgb(214,192,165) !important;}”][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

6 amazing Gambia photos – give your vote on the best one!

 

It’s time now for the voting to start and for one of our lucky entrants to win a holiday for two staying at the multi award winning Footsteps Eco Lodge. You can vote throughout September, and remember: you can only vote once*. Take action now, vote on the photo you like the most, share the page and ask your friends and family to do the same![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Time to cast your vote!

Who will win a week at Footsteps? It’s in your hands now! All you have to do is choose your star (and press/click it) ?

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]All our photographers are already winners. Now let’s reward one of them with a fantastic holiday in Gambia. GOOD LUCK!

*) One vote per IP address.

(For those of you voting who want to come take some amazing pictures as well: we have a few rooms left on our Winter Warmers cash back deal!)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Photo Contest: 6 of the Best 2016

Gambia photography | photographers portrait

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our guests are really good at taking photographs. To this end we have developed a fun competition for our guests. Our 6 of the Best Photo Contest has the added benefit of helping our village community in Gunjur.

 

Outline of the photo contest

The idea is for each competition entrant to put forward the 6 best photos from their holiday. You can see the 2015 ‘6 of the Best’ here.

That is not all though. We are a curious bunch 😉 We want to know the story behind the pictures as well! That is why we ask for a brief personal bio, explaining:

  • who the photographer is,
  • how he or she came to be in The Gambia and at Footsteps and
  • how he or she experienced it.

A short description of each of the photographs is also needed. We would like to receive a total of at least 300 words.

If there is one specific photo the entrant wants to be considered for the competition, we would like to know why that one is considered the best 😉

 

What can you win?

In September of this year we will hold an online voting competition. That will reveal which photograph has been voted overall winner of the final 6. The lucky photographer will win the grand prize of a one week holiday at Footsteps in March 2017.

 

Using our 6 of the best photos we will also commission a collection set of 6 postcards which we give to all visitors at our lodge. All we ask in return is considering a donation, which is then used to help our ongoing  projects in the village.

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How to enter the photo contest

In order to the photo contest enter you will need:

  • 6 full size photos
  • a short bio of you
  • a brief description of each picture
  • which is your favourite (this will be the photo you wish to be considered for the competition)

Send all this to David. Please do so before the 31st of August 2016, because that’s when we stop taking entries. Shortly after that the voting will begin. You can also contact us if you have any additional questions![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]