Celebrate our South African seas by participating in The Sustainable Seas Trust’s (SST) nationwide photographic competition. The photographic competition is one of many initiatives through which SST seeks to invite support for the identification and development of ‘Hope Spots’ along our coastline.
With the festive season upon us we would like to encourage visitors to our beautiful coastal resorts, to send in their photo entries depicting the splendour of our South African seas.
When asked why SST has chosen to hold a photographic competition, the organisation’s founding trustee and director, Dr Tony Ribbink responded that it is a time for action. He added that conservation and sustainability depend on people choosing to behave in ways that care for the environment.
“One of the best ways to encourage people to think about the environment, celebrate the beauty of South Africa and become part of the conservation movement is to involve them in taking action.
“Photography achieves such goals as the act of picking up a camera, thinking about the environment and taking photographs is one small step in the right direction. If many people take this small step, then the overall cumulative commitment has the potential to become a powerful movement, especially if the youth of today is involved,” Dr Ribbink said.
“A further step is for the public to evaluate the photographs and vote for those which they think are excellent and deserve to be published and win awards. Once again, people need to think about the environment and the messages related to conservation and sustainability. Another small, active step!,” he added.
SST is running a photographic competition for youth, and for adult amateur and professional photographers. The photographs selected by the public and professional judges will be published in a book to celebrate 20 years of the New South Africa with a focus on the Splendours of South African Seas. Winning photographs are eligible for a variety of sponsored prizes offered by SST and its partners including BirdLife South Africa.
The four photographic categories are: Ocean Landscapes; Sport and Recreation; Culture and History; Marine Life – plants and animals, including invertebrates.
The competition will be judged by Fiona Ayerst, Peter van Kets, Eleanor Yeld Hutchings, Dalfrenzo Laing, Peter Chadwick and Hanli Prinsloo.
Visit the Sustainable Seas Trust & SEA PLEDGE Facebook page to like your favourite entry of visit the website: www.sst.org.za for more information about the rules and prizes.