By LOYISO DYONGMAN
Makana Tourism’s popular #IAMMAKANA Photography Competition is back.
Acting Makana Tourism Director Prudence Mini said this competition’s main objective is to discover the next big thing in travel photography, encouraging budding and seasoned photographers to reveal the true essence of the Makana region.
Entries opened on 17 February and close on 4 March. With the backdrop of our rich cultural history and heritage, the contest is a platform for photographers to take the world on a journey through the real Makana and what it represents.
“This contest will not only help us to celebrate our most cherished culture and natural heritage as we learn about our similarities and differences, but it will help preserve what is beautiful for future generations to enjoy and appreciate,” Mini said.
The contest is run in partnership with the National Arts Festival (NAF), supported by the National Arts Council of South Africa. “It is a lovely build-up to the National Arts Festival, which will be live in Makhanda from 23 June to 3 July 2022,” she added.
Selected submissions will be featured in a photographic online and physical exhibition at the 1820 Settlers National Monument alongside the winning submissions of the previous #IAMMAKANA Photography Competition. The exhibition can be viewed from 16 March.
The photographers will be paid a fee to showcase their work in the exhibition temporarily. Rucera Seethal, Artistic Director of the Festival, noted that the National Arts Festival is part of the history of the City of Makhanda and is shaped by the perceptions and lived experience of the space by residents and visitors.
“Our partnership with Makana Tourism forms part of our commitment to telling the story of the City and its surroundings, discovering new talent and providing artists with various platforms to express themselves. The online exhibition will allow the world to view Makana at its best from wherever they are – allowing these local photographers to push the boundaries with their skills and go beyond our borders,” Seethal said.
The rules of the competition
The photograph submissions must be based on the concept of Makana’s cultural history and heritage. This may include but is not limited to buildings, historic places, artefacts, traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, nature and traditional crafts.
You can stand a chance to win the following prizes:
First prize: A safari getaway for two; online photo-editing tutorials; and R1000
Second Prize: Makana Tourism Hamper; online photo-editing tutorials; and R700
Third prize: Makana Tourism Hamper, online photo-editing tutorials; and R500
Fan’s Choice Award: Makana Tourism Hamper; and R500
You can enter in these three easy steps:
- You must like the following Facebook Pages: @MakanaTourismGrahamstown @nationalartsfestival
- Subscribe or already be subscribed to Makana Tourism’s free email newsletter so you can stay up to date with the competition details. The ‘Newsletter Signup’ link is positioned at the bottom of Makana Tourism’s Home Page: www.grahamstown.co.za
- The entry Google form is available on www.grahamstown.co.za.
Once you have completed the entry form with your details, upload your photo submission in the required location on the entry form. Should you be under the age of 16 years old, you are required to upload a written consent letter from your parent or guardian. Please ensure that you carefully read the Terms and Conditions before you make your submission.