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Little time left to enter the Annual Writing Competition!

Date: 2012-04-13

There are separate themes for Adults and children. These stories/poems/essays must be based on real-life experiences in one of the 19 National Parks in South Africa.

Categories Themes (There are 3 themes that you can tackle for all the children categories)

- Stories (ages 8 - 12): real account
- Stories (ages 13 - 17): real account

- Poetry (ages 8 - 12): 5-10 words
- Poetry (ages 13 - 17): (40– 150 words)

- Essays (2 000 words)

1. My cool adventure driving through the parks with my dad/mom - the driver :)

2. Most memorable experience at any of the National Parks…begins with: ”I could never have imagined my adventure in the wild…"

3. Describe your first experience at Table Mountain....beginning with these 2 sentences:
- “As I stood at the bottom of the magnificent Table Mountain… “
- “My heart beat a little faster as I stepped onto the cableway….”

Categories Themes (There are 2 themes that you can tackle for all the adult categories)

- Short Stories (1 000 - 2 500 words): real account

- Essays (4 000 words)

- Poetry (50– 150 words)

1) Memorable wildlife adventures
2) My 4x4 experiences

Trip reports (accounts of real trips to the Parks)

Material submitted in this category should comprise of an engagingly written account/report of a trip to a SANParks park over the last 12 months. Reports in this category should convey a strong sense of place. **Trip reports published on our forums will be accepted.**

1) Memorable wildlife adventures
2) My 4x4 experiences

You need to reflect passion for wildlife, our heritage – so let your words and images be your canvas :)

Photo Essays

Please keep images to 300kb and under and allow your powerful images tell a story of your experience (but making sure it is aligned to our two themes.) Please include captions for the images as well as a brief essay. (10-15 images).

1) Memorable wildlife adventures
2) My 4x4 experiences

Winners will receive R1 000 each to be utilised for accommodation during a mid-week break!
More information regarding the Annual Writing competition is available here

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