Photo Contest 2016: Finalists

A Blog Post from Footsteps Eco-Lodge in The Gambia

by David White - 31 August 2016

Six of the best Gambia photos competition: holiday pictures for charity

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.

Let's meet our finalists!

David Levine:

David Levine

"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.”

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

Daisy O'Neill: Gambian Children

"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.”

Bob Hunter: Green velvet monkey mother with her youngster

Bob Hunter: Vervet Monkey

"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.”

Chris Prince: Today's catch

Chris Prince: Today's catch

"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 you're interested in my photography I have a website.”

Ian Misselbrook: Purple Glossy Starlings

Ian Misselbrook: Glossy Starlings

"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!”

Cor Koster: High fives!

Ian Misselbrook: Glossy Starlings

"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.”

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.

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!

Voting is now closed

Thanks to everyone who took part!

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