Celebrate Award received for photography exhibition at Hampden

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In the latest Celebrate Awards announced today, Camera Voices is delighted to receive funding to hold Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs Photography Exhibition at Hampden Park, Scotland’s National Stadium, Glasgow, in the premises of the Scottish Football Museum in November (dates to be confirmed).

This will be the first project undertaken by Camera Voices (a not-for-profit Community Interest Company). Director and photojournalist, Claire Foottit, says, “It is an honour to receive a Celebrate Award and hugely exciting and appropriate that the exhibition will be held at the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden, at the home of Scottish Football, with its sporting links to the Commonwealth Games 2014.”

The exhibition celebrates Scotland’s heritage with Africa through its most famous missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone, who is said to have taken a football to Africa. Collaborating with organisations in Africa and Scotland using football for social change, a selection of portraits and images taken by the football teams on disposable cameras will give a modern interpretation of Livingstone’s three Cs, sharing cultural perspectives and enhancing international partnerships.

This builds upon the successful trailer exhibition held at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, in March this year, described as fascinating and very insightful’, which showed work by the Play Soccer Malawi team from Blantyre.

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Exhibition celebrates Livingstone’s 201st birthday

Livingstone's Living Legacy: Football and the Three C's - Play Soccer Malawi's Blantyre team

Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three C’s – Play Soccer Malawi’s Blantyre team

A trailer for Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs Photography Project exhibition opens today, 19th March 2014, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh on what would have been Livingstone’s 201st birthday.  The Scots Missionary hero was born in Blantyre Scotland, and this exhibition features work from Blantyre in Malawi.  Further details on the Events page. It forms a trailer for a major body of work featuring teams from Scotland and Southern Africa for a planned exhibition at Hampden in the Autumn (funding permitting).

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Livingstone’s Africa Photographs on show in Glasgow

Zanzibar Boats

Zanzibar Boats by Claire Foottit

An exhibition of photographs linked by the thread of Livingstone’s African journeys is on display in the Livingstone Tower at Strathclyde University.  It runs from 20 November 2013 to 28 February 2014.

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World Travel Awards 2013 for Africa validate Kenya tourism

At the 20th World Travel Awards held in Nairobi,  Kenya, the host nation scooped 15 awards.  In the aftermath of the Westgate tragedy, the awards came as a welcome boost, endorsing the quality of  Kenya’s tourism product.  Kenya’s tourism revenues come second in foreign exchange earnings and tourism provides numerous jobs both within the tourism sector and supporting industries.  Over the years, Kenya’s tourism has proved resilient to adversity. The industry is working to retain its position as a leading long haul destination as the high season approaches in December.  Kenya deserves the world’s support.

Africa’s Best: Kenya’s awards

Beating off stiff competition, the accolades went to :

Room steward at Il Ngwesi Community Ecolodge, Kenya

Room steward at Il Ngwesi Community Ecolodge, Kenya

Il Ngwesi Lodge

One of my favourite lodges, I first visited Il Ngwesi in 1995 before  it opened to the public.  It was the first community owned and managed lodge in Kenya. And its design set a new precedent too with its free-form architecture  and open plan rooms under a grass thatch.  Since then the lodge has won a plethora of awards, wildlife in the area has increased and revenue derived from tourism has contributed to the local Laikipiak Maasai community.  I was enthralled watching an African orange-bellied parrot while looking across to the blue hills of the Mathew’s Range.  Going on a camel trek, clouds of white butterflies danced before me with views to Mount Kenya.  And at night I heard the distinctive ‘sawing’ sound of a leopard on the prowl.  On my next visit I hope to see the pack of wild dogs.

The Aberdare Country Club

Many moons ago I worked at the Ark, a lodge built on stilts in the Aberdares National Park.  Visitors arrived at the Aberdare Country Club for lunch before we headed off in a bus to the salient for an overnight stay at the Ark.  This combination is still going.  It’s lovely to see that the ACC has retained its traditional character and relaxed setting and that the Ark has had a makeover.  The Ark overlooks a salt lick frequented by elephants and buffalo.  On the drive through the park, black and white colobus monkeys may be seen in the trees.  The ACC is a perfect stop off point between Nairobi and Samburu National Reserve.

Gamewatchers Porini Camps

Having developed from a strong ecotourism base,  the Porini Camps are located in the regions of Amboseli and the Masai Mara in community conservancies adjacent to the main parks.  They also have a camp in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The Amboseli Camp in the Selenkay Conservancy is part of an important wildlife corridor, especially for elephants, connecting with Amboseli National Park.  Here, the community has benefitted from tourism revenue and employment while wildlife in the area has increased substantially.  All the camps follow a traditional tented style – comfortable without being opulent. They are intimate in size ranging from six to 10 tents. But, most importantly, the guides are excellent, giving a fascinating insight into the flora and fauna, whether on a bush walk or game drive.

Other Africa winners

South Africa carried off the majority of Africa’s World Travel Awards, while other countries featured included Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Mozambique.

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Lord McConnell Visits Livingstone’s Africa Exhibiton

Lord McConnell with Claire Foottit (Left) Photographer and Mary-Anne Bartlett, Artist at their Livingstone's Africa Exhibition, Gladstone Gallery, Royal Mile, Edinburgh.  The exhibition is open 10am -7pm and finishes on Sunday 18th August

Lord McConnell with Claire Foottit (Left) Photographer and Mary-Anne Bartlett, Artist at their Livingstone’s Africa Exhibition, Gladstone Gallery, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. The exhibition is open 10am -7pm and finishes on Sunday 18th August

A lovely surprise visit from Jack McConnell at our exhibition yesterday.

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Livingstone’s Africa Art and Photography Exhibition

Livingstone's Africa  Edinburgh Fringe Exhibition

Livingstone’s Africa Edinburgh Fringe Exhibition

Take a look at the Livingstone’s Africa Exhibition page for more information.

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Dr David Livingstone’s Bi-centenary 2013

Front Cover Spectrum Magazine 3.2.13. Photo Credit: Claire Foottit

Front Cover Spectrum Magazine 3.2.13. Photo Credit: Claire Foottit

It is hugely exciting that my article on the Missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone was the cover story for Scotland on Sunday’s Spectrum magazine this week.  You can read it here: Malawi SOS Spectrum feature

My travel to Malawi, with a short excursion to Mozambique, was arranged through The Independent Traveller, the Malawi Tourist Office and Kenya Airways.  I am immensely grateful for their assistance.  Special thanks too to those who guided me and helped me in my quest to discover more about David Livingstone.  He was a complex man, but I am in awe of his achievements.

The Independent Traveller can tailor-make fabulous safaris to your requirements. (tel: 01628 522 772) or find them on facebook.  A 10 day holiday in Malawi costs from £2,050 per person sharing, exclusive of international flights.

Kenya Airways operates daily services from T4 London-Heathrow to Nairobi with daily connections to Lilongwe in Malawi. Prices for an economy return from GBP674.99 including tax. Contact reservations on tel: 020 8283 1818 or visit the website.

Malawi Tourism Information Office  provides a comprehensive guide to travelling in the country. Contact them via the website or on tel: 0115 9727250.

Events Marking David Livingstone’s Bi-centenary

A number of events will be taking place in Scotland, London and Africa during this bi-centenary year.  You can find more information on David Livingstone 200.  More details to follow later.

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