Proudly SA: Teen photographer honoured with international award

Proudly SA: Teen photographer honoured with international award

- A young man has made Mzansi proud by winning an international award

- His photography was recognised at a prestigious competition

- The 19-year-old said that he hopes his win will make a positive difference to others

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A 19-year-old man has won a prestigious environmental photographic competition for his Rhino Poaching image. The powerful picture was picked from over 4 000 entries after the judges praised its storytelling.

Wild Shots Outreach student Kgaugelo Neville Ngomane won The Young Environmental Photographer of the Year Award in the international Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management photography competition.

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Proudly SA: Teen photographer honoured with international award

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The image he submitted is called Desperate Measures and shows rhino dehorning. The judges praised the piece and called it a "powerful image".

Neville is a graduate of Wild Shots Outreach. Wild Shots Outreach is a Hoedspruit-based non-profit organisation. Their aim is to help young people from disadvantaged communities through photography.

Wild Shots Outreach teaches new skills, providing a “focus” and introduction to the natural world and helps inspire and raise the aspirations of these learners – the conservationists of tomorrow.

Speaking to, Neville said that winning the competition meant a lot to him. He said that he wanted to make a difference and hoped that the picture would move people to action to help save the rhinos.

Wild Shots Outreach founder and director, Mike Kendrick said that the award was a great achievement for Neville and their organisation.

"The young people I work with have developed pride in their images, pride in their stories, pride in themselves and a pride in their natural heritage – a natural heritage which has previously been hard for them to access.”

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Although a traumatic experience for the rhino, dehorning is the last desperate attempt to deter the poaching of rhinos.

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