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The Winning Picture
On The River, Canaima National Park, Venezuela


The winner, Paul Thompson, writes:

"This shot shows me and my SQN 5S, series II, cameraman Luke Hallam and presenter Ben Fogle, shooting a piece to camera for BBC2's 'Extreme Dreams' in Venezuela. The aim of the expedition was to summit Mount Roraima, the world's highest Tepui (tabletop mountain) at 2,800m, using a lesser travelled route originally used by early Victorian explorers. This involved an eight day trek across the steaming hot 'Gran Sabana', located in the Canaima National Park area of south eastern Venezuela. The trip was undertaken during the rainy season and involved many river crossings as well as traversing a few bogs and the odd waterfall. The other main difficulties endured were intense heat and merciless insects.
Roraima and the other tabletop mountains of the region are believed to be some of the oldest rock formations on the planet, at around two billion years old and accounts of early expeditions are said to have inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Lost World'"