BGP Photography Competition Winners revealed!

Many thanks for all your wonderful submissions for our BGP Photography Competition this August 2011. You’ll remember the theme was ‘Wild Swaziland’ in celebration of the Kingdom’s rich biodiversity of wildlife. Our judge, professional photographer Roger de la Harpe, certainly didn’t have an easy task with a wide range of photos submitted from visitors from across the globe to each of our three parks: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve.

On this occasion there was something special in the air at Mlilwane with the winning 3 photographs all hailing from this park, and we also had a double-winner; Roy Bicknell from Swaziland, whose pictures caught Roger’s eye, stealing both 1st and 2nd place!

And the winners are…

1st Place: Roy Bicknell, Swaziland
Prize: Roy’s stunning photo ‘All Puffed Up’ of a Red Bishop wins him a night for two people at Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge

This stunning lodge located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is steeped in history and attracts photographers-in-the-know from across the world keen to capture the birding and botany gem for themselves. Up-close encounters with rare and endangered small antelope such as Blue Duiker and Suni, a vast array of exquisite birdlife and regular nocturnal visits from Bush Babies keen to be fed a banana or two on the rooftop, provide the perfect subjects against a canvas of mature Royal Botanical Gardens featuring rare aloes and cycads and spectacular elevated views of the game-studded plains. The lodge’s beautiful rooms, famous Swazi hospitality and roaring log fires also add to the appeal! Prize includes dinner, bed and breakfast and Mlilwane Conservation entry fee.

2nd Place: Roy Bicknell, Swaziland
Prize: Roy’s impressive close up ‘You looking at Me’ of a hippo at Mlilwane wins him a guided mountain bike trail for two at Hlane Royal National Park.

Roy will enjoy the majesty of Hlane Royal National Park on a 2 hr Swazi-guided mountain bike trail for two! Home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom, with four of the big 5, including lion, Hlane offers visitors the chance to discover Swaziland’s natural heritage up-close-and-personal. Ndlovu camp overlooks a waterhole frequented by White Rhino and elephant and bushveld cuisine is served at the beautiful semi-open restaurant. Other activities available at Hlane include guided game and birding walks and game drives. Prize excludes conservation entry fee.

3rd Place: Bridget Wray, Swaziland
Prize: Bridget’s shot ‘Future Foretold’ of a Roan Antelope at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary wins her a Chubeka Horse Experience for two at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Future Foretold

Bridget will enjoy a guided hourly horseback trail through Big Game Parks’ stunning Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary where visitors may spot hippo, crocodile, black eagle, nyala and warthog sightings, along with an abundance of beautiful birds. Make a day of it by taking advantage of the stunning hiking trails while you’re there, bringing along meat for a braai or enjoying the Hippo Haunt Restaurant’s famous bush cuisine. Prize excludes conservation entry fee.

You’ve won! How do you claim your prize?

Congratulations! Simply email to claim your prize voucher. We hope you enjoy your prize and experience at Big Game Parks. All prizes subject to BGP’s terms and conditions.

Haven’t been lucky on this occasion?

If you haven’t won on this occasion, perhaps you’d like to try your luck at one of our forthcoming competitions or take advantage of our photography specials or future photography events? Here’s how to find out more…

Current 3 nights for 2 special at prime photography destinations: Mkhaya & Reilly’s Rock:
Simply email our friendly reservations team on: to book or find out more

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Author: Big Game Parks

Sawubona! Welcome to Big Game Parks' Blog! From the flatlands in the East, through the mountainous and scenic West, to the heart of the lowveld in the South East, the Kingdom of Swaziland not only offers you nearly every example of African landscape but also unforgettable wildlife, culture, adventure and birding experiences. Big Game Parks (BGP) is a private non-profit Trust which manages three game reserves in Swaziland: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve. All follow a common mission: to conserve the rich biodiversity of Swaziland's natural heritage. In 1960 the Reilly's family established the Kingdom's first game reserve on the Reilly family farm, Mlilwane. Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve soon followed and today the company's contribution to the restoration and protection of the Kingdom’s biodiversity is of great significance (BGP actually saved 22 species from extinction in Swaziland!) and can truly be appreciated by the discerning traveller. Swaziland is well-situated between Kruger National Park and Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Maputo. Big Game Parks’ well-positioned and diverse game reserves are an essential destination in any itinerary. Discover all the latest Big Game Parks tourism, conservation and community happenings right here. Sitawubonana! See you soon!

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