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.
Let’s meet our finalists!
Graham Workman: ‘Sweet Love’
“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.”
Anette Holta: ‘Friendly Fight’
“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!”
Simon Fenton: ‘Kids & Kayaks’ (entry by Dave Adams)
“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.
Rob Garner: ‘The Contemplative Birder’
“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).“
Olaf van Egdom: ‘Maternal Love’
“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.”
Unfortunately this photograph has been disqualified due to automated voting arranged by an obvious fan.
Mark Gray: “Beneath the Baobab”
“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.”
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.
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!
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.