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Imagine Change and WIN a Pentax K-5 ii DSLR with Ricoh South Africa

Ricoh Imagine Change

I was recently contacted by the amazing people at Ricoh, who make Pentax Cameras, to do a campaign with them that inspires people to imagine change in a different way! This is right up my alley because since the beginning of the year, I have been taking photos of random strangers and I’ve tried as much as I can to give back to the community by talking to and hearing the stories of a lot of the homeless people in and around Cape Town.

The campaign is not just about helping those in need though, it is a lot more than that! It is about getting people to understand that if we carry on treating our planet, people and animals the way we have been, we are going to destroy ourselves.

So what does the #RicohChange inspire you to do? I’ve helped out in the community by giving back for an entire year, and I’ve also been raising awareness to protect our wildlife and plant more trees in the #Trees4Hope campaign by Platbos Forest.

If you have an idea on how you Imagine Change, then upload a photo to www.imaginechange.co.za and you could WIN yourself a Pentax K-5 ii DSLR with a 18-135mm WR lens valued at R20,000! Hurry though because entries close on the 17th of December 2014!

Pentax k-5 ii 18-135mm

 

365 Portraits of Strangers Day 339 – “Silas the homeless man from Pretoria” Meet Silas. I met him while walking around Gardens yesterday giving homeless people lunch because it’s the festive season and the time for giving. I’m also trying to inspire change in and around Cape Town with Ricoh South Africa, but check my blog about that tomorrow. Silas is from Pretoria but moved to Cape Town 11 years ago to find work, but has been struggling since he got here. He gets the odd job here and there either as a painter, working in gardens and things like that. He lives on the street now and begs for money when he doesn’t have any to buy food. One of his biggest daily struggles is finding a place to keep the little clothes he has and a blanket because when people donate clothes to him, they only last a few days before they are stolen while he’s sleeping! He was so happy to receive something to eat and drink. Watch my latest vlog on www.lifeofmike.co.za to see me talking to Silas. (It’s still uploading to YouTube) #365PortraitsofStrangers

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365 Portraits of Strangers Day 340 – “Johnson the African Craftsman” Say hello to Johnson. He’s originally from the Transkei, but has been living in Cape Town since 2010. He was another stranger that I met while looking for people to give lunch to yesterday. It’s part of a campaign called #RicohChange where Ricoh South Africa are trying to inspire change in people. I’m trying to inspire people to change the way they see the less fortunate and to stop and sometimes talk to them because that is all they need sometimes. Johnson is a craftsman and sells homemade greeting cards and beaded art in Mill Street. He was sweating so much in the heat when he came to sit in he shade and the look on his face when I gave him a pie and an ice cold coke for lunch was priceless. Check my blog later for my latest vlog, Day 08 of the 24 Days of Pain, to watch the video of me talking to him (still uploading to YouTube)! #365PortraitsofStrangers A photo posted by Mike Eloff (@thelawry) on

365 Portraits of Strangers Day 341 – “David the homeless hitchhiker from P.E.” Say hello to David. I met him in Gardens yesterday while I was out finding less privileged people to give lunch to as part of a campaign I’m doing with Ricoh South Africa to inspire change in people. David is from Port Elizabeth, but moved here a very long time ago. He left home because when his mother died, himself and his step-father didn’t see eye to eye and he ran away. He hitchhiked all the way from P.E. to Cape Town and has been here ever since. He lives on the streets now and struggles everyday to find enough money to buy himself something to eat. To try make some money, he works as a car guard, but it’s illegal where he does it so he often gets chased away. Check my blog later for my most recent video, Day 08 of the 24 Days of Pain to see me talking to David. (Still uploading to YouTube). #365PortraitsofStrangers

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“Imagine Change” | Can you imagine a world where the beautiful Leopard is no longer hunted for its skin. Can you imagine a world where their skin is marveled upon from a distance as they eat an impala they’ve hunted from a tree they’ve dragged it up? If we don’t stop people poaching these shy animals, there won’t be any left in the wild for our grandchildren to see one day. If you have something that you would like changed in the world, you can WIN a brand new Pentax k-5 ii with a 18-135mm WR lens. All you need to do in order to win is visit www.imaginechange.co.za and upload a photo inspiring change in the world. Be sure to upload to Instagram and Twitter too using the hashtag #RicohChange. Together we can make a difference in this world!

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“Imagine Change” | Can you imagine a world where the mighty Lion gets to walk the African Grasslands free of people hunting them for a trophy head in their living room? Can you imagine a world where instead they are seen through a telephoto lens rather than the crosshair of a rifles scope? If we don’t wake up fast enough, there won’t be any of these majestic creatures left for our later generations to see. If you have something that you would like changed in the world, you can WIN a brand new Pentax k-5 ii with a 18-135mm WR lens. All you need to do in order to win is visit www.imaginechange.co.za and upload a photo inspiring change in the world. Be sure to upload to Instagram and Twitter too using the hashtag #RicohChange. Together we can make a difference in this world! A photo posted by Mike Eloff (@thelawry) on

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