The Makana Region Shows off What its Got!

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Tuesday, 15th March 2022

Budding to seasoned photographers recently took up the annual #IAMMAKANA Photography challenge to reveal what makes the Makana region stand out from the rest. Their photographs will be exhibited for the first time at The Monument in Makhanda and will be open to the public from 24 March 2022. 

Makana Tourism in partnership with National Arts Festival, and suppprted by National Arts Council, made a call to local photographers to tell their stories of Makana using photography as a medium. Submissions included a range of topics, from historic places to nature.

The community of Makana has also been encouraged to vote for their best photograph to help determine which photographer will win the Fan’s Choice award. The public can view the photographic submissions on Makana Tourism’s Facebook Page and make their vote by liking and sharing a photograph that best describes the uniqueness of the Makana area. The #IAMMAKANA Photography Competition winners will be announced on Friday, 18 March 2022.  

The exhibition of the winning works will take place on Wednesday, 23 March 2022 at 6pm in the Atherstone Gallery at The Monument. The #IAMMAKANA Photography Exhibition will also feature last year’s competition winners and a curated selection of photographs from other local photographers.

This annual photography contest is in partnership with the National Arts Festival and is supported by the National Arts Council of South Africa. It aims to discover the next big thing in travel photography, encouraging budding to seasoned photographers to reveal the true essence of the Makana region.

The Makana region, also known as the Frontier Country, is one of Eastern Cape’s premier tourism routes and the ideal destination for outdoor adventure, rich history, arts and culture and the Big Five. The region is made up of the City of Makhanda together with the nearby towns of Alicedale and Riebeek East and the quaint villages of Fort Brown, Salem, Seven Fountains and Sidbury, under the umbrella of Makana Municipality in the Eastern Cape. The Makana region forms part of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality.

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