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South African National Parks (SANParks)

The SANParks Annual Writing Competition Winners

As a celebration of SANParks and all of our wild and beautiful places, SANParks has started a new tradition: our annual International Writing Competition, launched in 2006. It's a chance to explore South Africa’s National Parks...with words. The theme for 2007 was "SANParks: A Journey of Discovery".

Well done to the winners, as voted for by the public, via the SANParks website, and thank you to everyone who participated!

The winners in the specified categories are as follows

Poetry

Winner: "24 Hours in Kruger " by Lindy Beukes from KZN.

Runner up: " River Life" by Paula Draycon from KZN.

Prose

Winner: “Sam’s Story” by Santi Geere from Pretoria.

Runner up: "A lifetime of dreams" by Hilary Cochrane from Rome, Italy.

Category: Stories for Children

Winner: “Wild About the Wild ”, by Lindy Beukes from KZN.

Runner up: “A Tail of Friendship” by Stephanie Goedhals from South Africa.

Category: Trip Reports

Winner: “SANParks: A Journey of Discovery” by Francois Malherbe from South Africa.

Runner up: "Addo trip report" by Gaye Monhollen-French from London.

Category: Stories by Children (8-12)

Winner: “The Leopard who wanted to count her spots” by Alexa Beukes

Category: Stories by Teenager (13-17)

Winner: "My Recent Visit to the Kruger National Park " by Camble Kidson from Beacon Bay.

Other Entries

Entries are listed by category and title.

Poetry

For Ola (Alexandra)

Cape of Light

observed on our journey to satara

SANParks: A Journey of Discovery…

Boulders Beach

citybound veldsounds

Continent of Light

Kruger's Changing Landscape

Warm Kruger Morning

The Rhino

Pause of Life

siblings

Fast food-chain

Dusk's Dark Domain

Postberg daisies in springtime

Praise Song for Walter Sisulu

Back to Africa ~ Discovering uBuntu

the beginning of the end

The Elephant Mother

Our Kruger

Prose

Material submitted in this category can be entirely “fictional” or based on personal experience. Stories in this category should have a strong sense of place, or complex characterisation or plot.

The Flight of the Bumble Bee

Evening

An Extra Piece of Perfection

Wild in Africa

Notes from an African Diary

A decade of memories

Discovering the Gentle Giants with SANParks

Mokala Nights

Stories for Children (fiction)

Indlovu The Elephant Dog

Tokoloshe And The Three Little Fox Cubs

King of the Jungle

Ollie’s First Flight

A River Tale

The Friendship of Charlie and Smiley

Sun and Moon and Stars

Hermit and Puff go swimming

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.

An Addo Odyssey

A Sense of Place, A Place of Senses

Kgalagadi journey of discovery

An hour in Addo

Tamboti Tented Camp

“Doors open, beds made, welcome home”

Stories by Children (ages 8-12)

My visit to the Kruger Park in December 2007

Please note that that in this category, only two suitable entries were received. Submissions in this categry will be accepted up to midnight on the 16 August 2007.

Stories by Teenagers (ages 13-17)

No other entires

Please note that that in this category, only one suitable entry was received. Submissions in this categry will be accepted up to midnight on the 16 August 2007.

Notes

2007 submission guidelines

2006 competition winners