ePHOTOzine member Gerard Sexton (gerdoms
) won the fantastic three-night, four-day trip to South Africa, for two, where he got the opportunity to be pitch side at a World Cup match! And ePz are happy to report that Gerard and his brother-in-law had a great time out in South Africa.
Here's what Gerard had to say:
"We stayed in Johannesburg just 5 minutes from Nelson Mandela Square. The first day was spent relaxing after the 12 hour flight. On day two we visited a small wildlife park where we saw cheetahs, buffalo lions, wild dogs, rhinos and a variety of antelopes roaming free in the 2500 acres of bush.
After a morning drive we visited a cave and then after lunch got to interact with juvenile lions something we will never forget and I had a chance to approach my irrational fear of snakes by holding a rock python! Later that day we visited the very impressive Sony 3D experience in Nelson Mandela Square.
Wednesday saw us going to the USA vs Algeria match which took on a new significance after the previous games left both teams needing to win in order to make it to the last sixteen. It could have been a dead rubber but the last minute goal in a tense but absorbing game made for an amazing atmosphere. As the teams left the field we slowly made our way back to the awaiting transport to take us back for our evening meal.
Being pitch side was a nice touch that offered the chance to take images of the teams warming up. I used the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 camera which was given to me as part of the prize and it's a really nice compact that was fine for getting snaps of the crowd and the players warming up. The menu features are impressive but might have served me better had I taken time to familiarise myself with them before I left.
Did I get some good shots? Yes, bucket loads which together make a wonderful souvenir. Throughout the whole trip I managed to take in excess of 1500 images."
You can find more information about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 on Sony's website