#ExploreWithNatGeo competition winners announced

Announced towards the end of last year, Nat Geo’s #ExploreWithNatGeo Photo Competition 2021 moved up a gear. The channel has today announced the winners of its competition which was brought to us by Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, in collaboration with The Sunday Times. Cleverly themed Find the epic in every day, over 1,200 qualifying entries were received from across the country, all conveying unique perspectives, moments, experiences and aspects of everyday life.

Lara Roussouw from Bloemfontein won first prize with her extraordinary photo, “Living on the Edge,” showing a lizard facing the iconic Augrabies Falls in the Northern Cape. The photograph was taken earlier this year, during Roussouw’s first holiday since lock-down, in the Kgalagadi National Park. “I loved the look of the lizard, as if it were appreciating the view of the Augrabies Falls from the viewing deck,” she said. She wins a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G smart phone plus accessories

From Polokwane, we have Cynthia Mokgoebo who came second with her photo “Sharing a Moment” showing two grasshoppers on a twig, that she captured during a sunset walk to a nearby lake, winning a Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G. Karishma Rajcomar from Durban earned third prize with her photo “The Power of Touch” which conveys a sentiment of gratitude as she photographed her 91 year old grandmother’s hand resting over her own. She wins a Samsung Galaxy S21 5G.

The top ten finalists’ images can be viewed on the links below:

  1. Lara Rossouw
  2. Cynthia Mokgoebo
  3. Karishma Rajcomar
  4. Chanelle Groenewald
  5. Evi
  6. Chris van Latum
  7. Ziyaad
  8. Yoboymaverick
  9. Jeanette Annandale Pretorius
  10. Taryn Uytenbogaardt

In addition, you can also view the top 50 images right here. Entries can be viewed by searching the hashtags #ExploreWithNatGeo #GalaxyS21 and #withGalaxy on Instagram.

The first time it was running the contest, Nat Geo invited amateur photographers across Mzansi to showcase their unique stories and perspectives, enabling unique local stories and experiences to be depicted using the photographic medium. The judging panel included award-winning photographer and Nat Geo Explorer Gulshan Khan.