Hilton teen’s clever pothole photo takes first prize in competition

2015-12-10 11:00
The picture that won the Great Hilton Pothole Picture Competition taken by Hilton resident Nathan Andrew.

The picture that won the Great Hilton Pothole Picture Competition taken by Hilton resident Nathan Andrew. ( NATHAN ANDREW)

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Pietermaritzburg - An illustrative photograph taken by a Hilton teenager took first prize in an amusing tongue-and-cheek ­competition exposing the plague of potholes in Hilton.

The competition, started by Hilton resident Charles Webster, served as a creative attempt to gain awareness around the spate of potholes on local roads.

Entrants were required to use props to imaginatively create a scene in or around a pothole.

The competition, held for the first time in Hilton, gained popularity on ­Facebook, with dozens of residents submitting their pictures, which were judged by a small panel.

In an effort by the entire family, ­15-year-old Nathan Andrew took first prize for his picture of a human hand, seemingly trying to climb out of a huge pothole.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Nathan’s father, Robert, said each of his three children came up with their own ideas.

“We had one picture of us fishing from the pothole with sticks and ­fishing line. We also had a picture where we scattered bicycle parts around the pothole and acted like there was an accident,” Robert laughed.

“After seeing the competition in The Witness, we thought, why not. There are many potholes to choose from after all.”

Robert said he thought the ­competition was a “great idea”.

“We can either complain about something or we can make something fun out of it and create awareness in the process.”

He said his family used cellphones to snap the pictures.

After announcing the winner on the competition’s Facebook page on Tuesday, Webster said it was a great success.

“We got some really high-quality stuff. I really liked the winning entry because it was a decent photograph which sends a serious message with its tongue firmly in its cheek. It shows the concept that potholes are so deep a body can disappear in them,” Webster said.

“We achieved our goal of combining a serious message with a tinge of humour to gain awareness”.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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