South African teenager wins prestigious international award

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Nineteen-year-old Kgaugelo Neville Ngomane won a prestigious environmental photographic competition.

The Young Environmental Photographer of the Year Award is run by the international Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (Ciwem).

His powerful image of a rhino dehorning, ‘Desperate Measures’ was picked from more than 4,000 international entries by the judges who commended its storytelling and photographic merit.

The judges said: “When his photo flashed up on screen, there was a sharp intake of breath around the judging room; it’s such a powerful image.”

Neville, is a graduate of Wild Shots Outreach. Wild Shots Outreach is a Hoedspruit-based non-profit. Their aim is to engage young people from disadvantaged communities in wildlife and wild places through photography.

On learning that he’d won he said: “Winning this competition means a lot, because I love photography. But I don’t just want to win, I want to make a difference. It is not easy to watch such an iconic animal being dehorned. I hope this picture will make a lot of people see what we have to do to save our rhinos and then support conservation.”

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