It is yet another opportunity to explore the beauty of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and also get rewarded in the process, as Nigeria’s leading interior decor and flooring solutions- Nobel Carpets and Floors in partnership with Travelnextdoor.com; an online travel agency with specialty in tourism and travels, announces the kick-off of the second edition of its travel writing and travel photography competition tagged ‘My Nigeria Travel story’ which is aimed at building interest in Nigeria’s local tourism.
Speaking on the competition, General Manager, Lucky Fibres Limited, Mr. Jitesh Pamnani expressed delight over the partnership which is the second in a row, stating that the first edition which held last year was a tremendous success, as about 60 photography entries and 28 submissions in the writing category were received in total.
“As an organization with huge investments in Nigeria, we are constantly enthralled by the splendour of the Nigerian people and culture, and this uniqueness has been of tremendous influence on our product designs over the years. We are therefore excited about this Competition as it would further unveil the undeniable beauty of the country, various amazing scenery, yet unknown tourist attraction sites, the rich cultural heritage and unique lifestyle of the people” stated Pamnani.
“Over 80 entries were recorded in the last edition of the Competition and through those entries, the awesomeness of Nigeria was graphically portrayed through the different festivals, culture, lifestyle and tourist sites that were pictured and written about.”
Speaking further on the kick-off of the 2017 edition of the competition, CNN/Multichoice African Journalists Awards (Tourism) winner and Project Coordinator; Mr. Pelu Awofeso stated that “the major entry condition for this year’s edition is similar to that of the previous year. The story or picture must be Nigerian-specific, and it could either be from past or present trips which could include road trips, train journeys, hiking & sightseeing; theme parks & resorts; tourist sites & attractions; picnics & beaches; festivals & traditional events; shrines and centres of worship; community profiles, indigenous lifestyles & practices; communal spaces and markets.
Awofeso also stated that Photographic submissions from professional and non-professional photographers for #MyTravelPicNG (travel photos from across Nigeria) category are also welcome and photograph entries to be considered should be no more than five, and they could either be stand-alone images or collective.”
“All submissions should be emailed to email@example.com, contain “My Nigeria Travel Story,” and should be accompanied with a 100-word profile of the participant, as submission would close on the 28th of February, 2017, while anthology entries will be announced on the 29th of April, 2017.”
Appreciating Nobel Carpets and Floors on its continued partnership and support, Awofeso urged Nigerians to get involved in the competition as their entry and participation would help boost the Nigerian tourism sector, encourage investment, and also serve as a means of showcasing Nigeria to the entire world as a fantastic destination point, while they also stand the chance of winning amazing prizes.
Other sponsors for this year’s edition include: Hypo, Best Choice and Palmchat.