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Colin’s left foot: an international symbol of St Helena spirit

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(A broken link to Colin Lawrence’s picture has now been sorted)

The images in National Geographic’s annual photography competition feature sunsets, waterfalls, beaches, characterful faces and wondrous creatures from around the globe – and Colin Lawrence’s toes.

They’re poking out from the flapping remnant of his left shoe, and to photographer Tiffany Devereux, they epitomise the spirit of St Helena.

Of all the marvels of St Helena’s people and landscape, it was Colin’s toes that stuck out – so to speak – when she came to choose an image to submit for the 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest (entry: $15 a time).

The prizes include a place on a photographic expedition to the Galápagos islands, but the chances of winning are small. Last year, the competition attracted 13,000 entries.

A caption tells how Colin ripped the top of his shoe when his foot slipped while he was driving. The sole was still good, so he carried on wearing it. “To me,” writes Tiffany, “Lawrence’s statement is a metaphor for the resilient people of St Helena.”

The picture can be seen here. And click here to see more of her highly distinctive St Helena images – along with a blog about her 2009 trip to the island.

Risky photography: St Helena rock fall protection gallery – Marc Lavaud
St Helena through a lens: Phil Douglis

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

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