FoF hosts Naval Hill photography competition

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Founder member of FoF, Andri Grobbelaar, at the Nelson Mandela statue on Naval Hill. PHOTO: Dr Laurence Grobbelaar

Bloemfontein residents as well as those who will be visiting the city during the holidays can now take part in the Naval Hill Photography Competition, which has recently been launched by the Friends of Franklin (FoF).

A PhD candidate in Zoology at the University of the Free State and founder member of FoF, Andri Grobbelaar (34), told Bloemfontein Courant the main aim of this competition is that the public’s participation will result in more people visiting Naval Hill and enjoying (and ultimately conserving) its beauty and wildlife.

“The time frame in which the competition is running also encourages Bloemfontein residents and their visiting families to visit and support Naval Hill during the coming festive season, whilst adhering to the required Covid-19 regulations.”

Grobbelaar explained that the competition has nine different categories that can be entered, the Digital Camera section as well as in Mobile Phone Camera section. All entry photos (as per category) must be taken within the Franklin Nature Reserve, better known as Naval Hill, and in order to provide proof that the entry photo was taken within the nature reserve during the specific time frame, all submitted photos must have a form of time-stamp and must be accompanied by a separate photo of the contestant standing next to the Nelson Mandela statue on top of Naval Hill. The entries will be judged by the Bloemfontein Camera Club.

Grobbelaar said the entry fee is R10 per category and all entry fees will go to the purchase of game feed for the wildlife or enhancement of the genetic diversity of the Franklin Nature Reserve.

The closing date of the competition is 1 March 2021. For further enquiries, entry forms and for the competition’s formal terms and conditions an email can be sent to: friendsoffranklin.bfn@gmail.com

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@centralmediagroup.co.za