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From Page 1 under increasing threat with the most crucial challenge coming from global warming. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be no glaciers left on Mt Kilimanjaro. Something that has come to symbolise Africa’s beauty could soon be a thing of the past.’’
The competition — entry fee was $10 — was just one of A & K’s Climate Change Challenge money-raising initiatives in Australia this year: in July, middle-distance runner Craig Mottram led an A & K walk-a-thon. Raman says the $US1 million global target has been met, with all the company’s offices across the world running money-raising projects.
Howarth’s prize includes accommo- dation and transfers in Buenos Aires, charter flights to and from Ushuaia, Argentina, and a 10-night cruise to Antarctica on MV Minerva.
The winner says what she saw in the frozen continent earlier this year terrified her. The idea that I came back with was that the collapse of the Antarctic ice shell is going to be the catastrophic event of my lifetime. I came back a greenie, more than I ever was when I went. What we’re doing in damage (to the planet) is there to see in Antarctica.’’ The winning shot was one of four photographs she submitted. So was it the best? Absolutely, the judges got it right.’’
Howarth has also visited the Arctic but says the Antarctic is far more impressive. We’re so Europe focused, we don’t realise what we’ve got so close to us. It’s so spectacular and we’re doing so much damage to it.’’
She took thousands of pictures in the Antarctic — I travel to take photographs’’ — but says none of them compared with her French Alps competition winner.
You look at these spectacular icebergs but there’s nothing to give you that perspective you get with the mountaineers. When you’ve got a penguin sitting in front of an iceberg you really don’t get the scale without being there and seeing it with your own eyes.’’
The prize is for two but Howarth isn’t saying who she’s taking. I think I’ll hold auditions,’’ she says, laughing.
Mountain excitement: Award winner Chris Howarth, third from right, during a trip to Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro