The Cape Leopard Trust recently held an awesome prizegiving event for the Art Competition “Nature Matters” at the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Education Centre in Greenpoint on Saturday, 15 November. On reflection, we were all overwhelmed by the positive enthusiasm and the standard of art works that were submitted.
Children from schools all over Cape Town had entered, and we even had schools from as far out as Piketberg and Velddrif submitting entries. All were unique and stunning, some with very vivid and moving stories to tell and the judges were certainly put through their paces when it came to deciding on the winners. The individual winners of the three different categories all came from Die Coetzee Ateljee and were Lara Visser, Tauriq Swarts and Jaco Craus, but every artist that entered deserved special credit for their creativity.
We would like to use this opportunity to congratulate our finalists and also to thank our contestants, the schools and teachers, committed sponsors, our volunteers, judges, the CLT staff and all of those who gave their own time to attend and support this event.
Everyone agreed that the art exhibition and prize giving day was a huge success, and our aims more than achieved. We really wanted to draw young people into a space where they would explore their creative connection with nature and with the beautiful Cape Leopard, as well as raise awareness about the Cape Leopard Trust’s new Cape Town Education programme. Right now, and as a result of this amazing platform, we can truly say that more children and more adults know about the elusive Cape Leopards and the unique Cape environment that they live in.
Congratulations to all our winners!
In the “My Nature” category, for high school students, awards were given as follows:
1st place (A night’s stay at Cascade Country Manor) – Lara Visser (De Coetzee Ateljee) for her work entitled “We are one”
2nd place (Surf Emporium Surf Lesson) - Nico Blanckenberg (Die Coetzee Ateljee) for his work entitled “Alpha male”
3rd place (Table Bay dinner voucher) - Charlien Van Schalkwyk (Hoërskool Velddrif), for her artwork entitled “Wild Nature”
4th place (High Tea at the Mount Nelson) – Vicky Eksteen (Hoërskool Velddrif), for her artwork entitled “New World”
5th place (Bos Ice-Tea gift package) - Cara Noble (Westerford High School) for her artwork entitled “Story of the soul”
In our 11 – 13 year old category “Cape Leopards and their Environment”, awards were given as follows:
1st place (K-Way Jacket) - Tauriq Swarts (Die Coetzee Ateljee) for his artwork entitled “I need to be free”
2nd place (A night’s stay at the Table Bay Hotel) - Josua Jordaan (Die Coetzee Ateljee) for his artwork entitled “Happy leopard”
3rd place (Table Bay dinner voucher) – Julia Levitt (Herschel Preparatory School) for her artwork entitled “Leopard in a tree”
4th place (Cape Leopard Trust outing to Cape Point) – Austin Lekay (Muizenberg Junior School) for his artwork entitled “Cape leopards and their environment”
5th place (High Tea at the Table Bay Hotel) – Jordan Adonis (Greyton House School) for his artwork entitled “Looking”
In our under 10 category “Cape Leopards and their environment”, awards were given as follows:
1st place (Orms Binoculars) – Jaco Craus (Die Coetzee Ateljee) for his artwork entitled “Wow!”
2nd place (Rock Climbing lesson) – Jana Bruwer (Die Coetzee Ateljee) for her artwork entitled “Looove Nature!”
3rd place (Bootcamp children’s party) - Gerhard Brand (Die Coetzee Ateljee) for his artwork entitled “ek is tuis in my huis”
4th place (Olive Glen Mountain Farm picnic voucher) – Abbey Pistorius (Kommetjie Primary School) for her artwork entitled “The Cape Leopard”
5th place (High Tea at the Table Bay Hotel) – Nina De Villiers (Die Coetzee Ateljee) for her artwork entitled “Hey Kitty, Kitty”
In addition, Die Coetzee Ateljee and Hoërskool velddrif each won an incredible prize of an all-inclusive Bridgestone-sponsored Cape Leopard Trust Cederberg environmental camp.
A Special thank you to our sponsors
Bridgestone, Orms Specialist Photographic, K-Way, Bos Ice-Tea, Table Bay Hotel, Cascade Country Manor, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Olive Glen Mountain Farm, Surf Emporium, Bootcamp, City of Cape Town and Spar Constantia.
Thank you to our awesome volunteers who helped selflessly throughout the set-up and event day and dressed up too:
Catherine Shutte, Sam Chevallier, Sandiso, Jaclyn Stephenson, Jenna Sleep, Shanley Klein, and Abdul Azeez.
Thank you to the CLT staff members who helped with the build-up to the event and the smooth running of the event on the day:
Catherine Philips, Elizabeth Martins, Hadley Lyners, Helen Turnbull, Yvonne Kamp, Bryan Havemann, Anita Meyer and Jeannie Hayward.
Thank you to our Judges:
Anya Mendel, Scott Ramsay, Catherine Philips and Elizabeth Martins.
Thank you to our MC for the day: – Sunil Osman
We would also like to thank Bishops High School and Michael Oak Waldorf school for their support with regards to the provision of equipment and thank you to Wolftown for their live performance and for giving up their time to make the event extra special.