Sparkling snapshots
Issue 4 (May 2009) Photographic gems have been displayed by Namibia Tourist Board to commemorate the centenary of the day a diamond was  first discovered in the country. Budding photographers from within the tourist industry were asked to submit their favourite snaps. The winners were displayed at the World Travel Market in London in the autumn.


First place was awarded to Michelle Laruccia of Imagine Africa for her picture entitled ‘The parting of the Namib sea’. She said: “During my time guiding I had managed to escape from my passengers and leave them with a local guide. I took some time to drink in the beauty of this vast emptiness in perfect solitude. In my eyes it looked as though the dunes had parted like a great sea, and all that was left was the dry bed of the Namib desert – Dead Vlei.”

Michelle won a flying photographic safari with Wilderness Safaris,  staying at Desert Rhino camp and the Skeleton Coast.

Runner up in the competition was Matthew Vlemmiks of Audley Travel with his shot of a Himba hut in Kunene. He said: “I was staying near the border with Angola. The village consists of no more than 20 people and a lot more goats, but I will never forget the levels of hospitality and humour.”

The competition was run in celebration of railway worker Zachanias Lewela’s discovery of a diamond in 1908 near Luderitz. One hundred years later diamonds still make up 40 per cent of Namibia’s exports.

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