Category: Rebirth

2017 Heritage Photo Contest and Exhibition

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The Heritage Photo Contest and Exhibition is an opportunity to showcase St. Martin/St. Maarten’s unique natural, cultural and historic heritage. The theme of this year’s contest and exhibition is REBIRTH.

St. Martin is an island that has been reborn many times throughout history. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, St. Martin is rising again. Submit a photo that showcases the rebirth of St. Martin in some way, and a short statement that explains how your photo reflects this theme.

Entries for this year’s theme will include a photo and a statement by the photographer explaining how the photo represents the theme of rebirth. Entries must be submitted from November 9th to December 15th, although you can enter photos taken at any time. The photos and statement must be the work of the entrant. Qualifying entries will be displayed online in the Heritage Gallery, and an exhibition will be held featuring selected entries. There will be awards for the winning entries in three categories: Adult, Under 18 and People’s Choice. Prizes will be announced during the entry period.

This contest and exhibition initiative is created and managed by the Les Fruits de Mer Association.

For full rules and instructions: Read more

Rebirth: F. Croes-de Vries

This picture was taken after Hurricane Irma when most surviving trees and scrubs were still trying to get their leaves back. I found this little cluster of plants with its little yellow flowers looking like a horizontal tree in full bloom, promising the return of life.

This is an entry in the 2017 Heritage Photo Contest. Our theme this year is Rebirth. View all the entries in the online gallery, learn more and find out how to enter here.

Rebirth: Beverly Bonney

This is a quenip tree, it’s a local fruit on the island of st. Maarten/ st. Martin, a few hours after hurricane Irma devastated the island. With all the leaves gone and broken limbs, leaving it in such a horrible state. There was absolutely no mercy from Irma when she approached this once beautiful fruit tree which sheltered families and friends whenever they played dominoes.

Here’s the quenip tree now, three months after hurricane Irma, once again showing off her beautiful green leaves in style, although few of her limbs were broken by crazy Irma, she stand up tall and unbeatable” Irma, you were wicked and mean but I and stronger, a fighter, a survivor, determine to live”. I am St. Maarten/ St. Marten strong.

This is an entry in the 2017 Heritage Photo Contest. Our theme this year is Rebirth. View all the entries in the online gallery, learn more and find out how to enter here.

Rebirth: F. Croes-de Vries

When I hear the song Rise Up by Andra Day, this picture is what I visualize when she sings:

And I’ll rise up

I’ll rise like the day

I’ll rise up

I’ll rise unafraid

I’ll rise up

And I’ll do it a thousand times
And I’ll rise up

High like the waves

I’ll rise up

In spite of the ache

I’ll rise up

And I’ll do it a thousand times again

For you

For you

For you

For you

We are born again each day, with each new sunrise, even when our lives seem to be filled with darkness and heartache, the sun will rise and shine its light on the promise of a new day, a new beginning.

This is an entry in the 2017 Heritage Photo Contest. Our theme this year is Rebirth. View all the entries in the online gallery, learn more and find out how to enter here.

Sample Entry

(This is a sample entry for the 2017 Heritage Photo Contest. Your entry should include an image taken by you on St. Martin/St. Maarten, your name, and a short statement about how the image represents this year’s theme, Rebirth.)

Sugar Birds cluster around a feeder. Birds that feed on nectar are some of the hardest hit by hurricanes—almost every flower on the island is gone after a storm. After surviving the winds of the storm, finding food can be an even bigger challenge. Those that do survive will begin the process of repopulating the island.