Looking through old travel photos seems to be an obsession of mine. I can’t help looking back and reliving the moments I have had in various places around the world. It amazes me how much I have already been able to see, and grateful for having the courage to go after my dreams.
Recently, I learned about the Epic Adventures photo competition for Blacks, with a grand prize of £2000 to spend at Explore, and I knew I had to participate. It not only gave me an excuse to look back through my photos yet again, but I loved the categories for the contest.
It took me some time to figure out how to best represent each category, but my mind immediately wandered to the epic adventures I had while in Africa. If any place in the world best suited this photo essay, it was the countries I visited in 2012. Just by looking through the photos I’ve chosen, you’ll understand why.
What’s more wild than watching hippos eat their dinner from only a few feet away in tiny mokoros in the Okavango Delta? Absolutely nothing. I saw a lot of wildlife during my three weeks in Southern Africa, but nothing compared to this moment. Hippos are the most dangerous animal in Africa, especially while in the water, so what we were doing was extremely risky, but well-worth it for the experience we were able to have.
Cheetahs are the fastest animal in the world, and while in Namibia, we were able to watch them out in the wild. Their speed was hard to capture on film, but I love this shot of the cheetah stalking around. The animals are so beautiful to watch, and it’s amazing to see how well they camouflage into their surroundings.
While the photo itself isn’t a panoramic shot, I can’t think of a place more panoramic than Victoria Falls. The beauty of its rushing falls seems to go on and on, and with the addition of the ever-present rainbow, it’s hard not to fall in love with this magical spot in Zimbabwe.
Of all the places I have been so far, the historic landmarks in Egypt capture the word epic in every way imaginable. The sheer size and construction of not only the pyramids, but also the temples, is mind-blowing.
The contest is only open until tomorrow night, but if you are interested in applying and showing off your Epic Adventures, you can find out more information here.