GABORONE, BOTSWANA – Wilderness Safaris has announced the winners of its annual Photographic Competition, which this year encouraged participants to Capture the Soul of Africa through exceptional wildlife and landscape photography. Now in its third year, the competition set out to harness Africa’s passion, with images that inspire the positive action that helps to conserve and restore the continent’s wilderness and wildlife.
The Overall Winner, Trevor Cole from Ireland, took a captivating image of a young Mundari herder in the midst of the cattle in his care, in South Sudan. Claudio Macchetto from the United States has been named Wilderness Safaris’ Overall Guest Winner for the image he took of a mountain gorilla silverback father nurturing his baby in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. All winners walk away with exciting safari prizes in Wilderness Safaris’ world-renowned and exclusive camps. The grand prize also includes state-of-the-art Olympus camera equipment and charter flights.
“We received a particularly high calibre of entries showcasing Africa’s remarkable beauty, and would like to congratulate our winners and thank all our participants, who have played a significant part in ensuring that we continue to fulfil our purpose of protecting Africa’s wilderness and wildlife. The 4 000 entries raised over R225 000, which will be channelled equally to our beneficiaries Children in the Wilderness, Namibia’s Desert Lion Conservation Project and our new Gishwati Reforestation Project in Rwanda”, says Carel Loubser, Wilderness Safaris Senior Brand Manager.
Sponsored by, and in partnership with, Olympus and Wild Shots Wildlife Photography Conference, the competition comprised five categories, namely African Wildlife, African Landscapes, Conserving Africa’s Wilderness, People or Cultures and Communities of Africa and lastly, Africa’s Plants and Insects. Photographers, guests and Africa-enthusiasts were invited to submit their favourite images taken anywhere on the continent.
The panel of judges was made up of highly esteemed wildlife photographers Isak Pretorius from South Africa, Will Burrad-Lucas from the United Kingdom and Michael Poliza from Germany, as well as Olympus Visionaries Chris Eyre-Walker and Tesni Ward. Together they looked for images that showed outstanding technical proficiency, artistic composition, uniqueness and impact.
“The images will make you realise just how much there is to explore on this continent. We are confident that our viewers will enjoy the online compilation, and hope that the images will help raise awareness for the much-needed conservation of Africa’s amazing biodiversity”, notes Carel.
Framed by the Ankosi Watule by Trevor Cole; taken at Terekeka, South Sudan
Prize: An all-expenses-paid eight-night safari for two people sharing at a choice of three Wilderness Safaris Classic camps in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia or Zimbabwe. Prizes include a private photographic guide, Olympus camera equipment (E-M1 MarkII + 12-100 PRO Lens), international flights (economy) to the destination country, as well as charter flights.
Overall Guest Winner
Father and son by Claudio Macchetto; taken at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Prize: A six-night safari for two people sharing at two Wilderness Safaris Classic Camps of the winner’s choosing in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia or Zimbabwe. Prize also includes charter flights to and from the camps as well as Olympus camera equipment (E-M5 Mark II + 12-200 Lens). Total prize value: USD 12 500.
Prizes: Each prize for the five category winners includes a four-night safari for two people sharing at one Wilderness Safaris Classic camp of their choice in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia or Zimbabwe. Wilderness Air charter flights to and from the camp are included (regional and international flights excluded).
· Winner: African Wildlife
o Hippo Fight by Dennis Stogsdill; taken at South Luangwa, Zambia
· Winner: African Landscapes
o Starry Starry Night by Udo Kieslich; taken at Cederberg, South Africa
· Winner: Conserving Africa’s Wilderness
o Collaring a lioness by Morgan Trimble; taken at Kafue National Park, Zambia
· Winner: People / Cultures and Communities of Africa
o Red Warrior by Sushil Chauhan; taken at Samburu, Kenya
· Winner: Africa’s Plants and Insects (Macro)
o Mantis fire by James Kydd; taken at Cuando River, Angola