By Josh Saunders
A yawning seal, sleeping shearers and more feature in a competition shortlist hoping to redefine perceptions of life in the Falkland Islands.
It aims to showcase what the 4,7000 square mile archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean has to offer, from its magnificent vistas, unique culture to normal day-to-day life.
Pictures reveal the rustic lifestyle of the shearing gang to the boundless landscapes, wondrous wildlife and horse races held every year.
More than 200 people entered the Falkland Islands Tourist Board Photography Competition – which has categories in wildlife, landscapes, agriculture, Falkland’s life and one category for children.
While acknowledging its importance one the Islands, it is hoped the images will help people to see more than the conflict of 1982.
The Islands, which are popular with wildlife lovers, are host to five species of penguins, rare birds, dolphins, seals, sea lions, whales and more.
The winners will be announced on March 1, with the victor of each category claiming a Falkland Islands sheep skin rug.
The grand prize for the photograph crown best of the competition, will be a free trip to the Falklands to go island hopping for those outside of the Islands.
If a Falklands resident wins, they will receive equivalent in travel prize vouchers.
Officiator Jo Muncaster, 34, who moved to the Islands more than two years ago in September 2016 from Bredbury in Stockport, Greater Manchester believes the entrees represent how diverse life on the Islands can be.
Jo, Financial Controller at Falkland Islands Tourist Board, said: “We want to showcase some of the amazing photographs and the Falklands is so photogenic it’s easy to take great pictures.
“The light is incredible, the colours stand out too, you can’t get away from them – we want to showcase the best of that and get people involved.
“We hope to widen people’s perception of what the Falklands Islands are.
“There is so much to see in the Falkland Islands – the wildlife is one of the biggest pulls for most.
“A lot of our tourism specialises on wildlife and island life which is an important part of the heritage.
“We chose an agriculture and farms category because we don’t see much photos of that.
“We had a children’s category as it’s important for us to see the Falklands through their eyes.
“For landscapes category, part of the Falklands are so underdeveloped that you get such great views – it would be remiss not to include them.
“Falkland’s life category was to pull together the day to day things that make-up Falkland Islands culture, which has been interesting to see.
“I don’t think in our shortlist there are any conflict related pictures, they are all of the moment, current things happening and how people live their lives.
“Some of them show the more rustic way of life and then others show Stanley with all its bright colours.
“There are a range of things you can do in the Falklands and I think people will be surprised by how full people’s lives are here.”
For more information visit: www.falklandislands.com
COMPETITION CATERGORY SHORTLIST:
Katie Rutherford – Government House
Thomas Mclean – Cape Pembroke Lighthouse
Theo Young – Landscape with palm tree
Chris Stephens – Santa dash at the Lady Liz
Janelle Ewing – Concordia Bay
Josh Lomas – Boxing day races in Stanley
Juliette Hennequin – Shearers off duty
Steve Sankey – A shearer at work
Chris Stephens – Elephant Beach Farm
Linda Bernau – Christ Church Cathedral and Whalebone arch
Janelle Ewing – Cormorant at Home
iLaria Marengo – Camping in Camp
Benjamin Bruny – Volunteers
David Crocker – Elephant Seal
Lesley Campbell – Cobb’s Wren