AWF and Best Nature Photography announce call for nominations for Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards



AWF and Best Nature Photography announce call for nominations for Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) ( and Best Nature Photography (NBP) have announced the official call for nominations for the Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards. Contest participants will have until June 18, 2021 to submit photos to a jury. Professional, amateur and young (18 and under) photographers from Africa and around the world are invited to participate in the competition. The results are expected to be unveiled at an awards ceremony in November 2021.

Named in honor of the late iconic African leader and former Tanzanian president, HE Benjamin Mkapa, this new competition recognizes his leadership in conservation, education and his passionate support for AWF programs. To help celebrate World Conservation Day, AWF and Nature’s Best launched the awards as a precursor to the 60e AWF anniversary later this year.

Speaking at the launch event last month from AWF headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, AWF CEO Kaddu Sebunya said: We value innovation and technological mechanisms. Mechanisms that can intensify AWF’s work and impact, such as digital technologies that can create new experiences by connecting people more directly to wildlands and wildlife. Break the degrees of separation between people and nature and create ownership, transparency, demonstrated impact and personalization. This is the point of the Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards. ”

Bring Africa to the World and the World to AfricaDefines the global competition to create a platform for Africans to embrace conservation through photography and enhance the beauty of its nature.

In keeping with AWF’s mission to ensure that wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa and Nature’s Best’s of celebrating the natural world through the art of photography and visual storytelling, the The goal of the competition is to engage, involve and attract photographers at all levels of expertise, while encouraging young talent to become advocates for generational behavior change in favor of wildlife conservation.

the Grand Prize Winner will receive US $ 5,000, an interview and a portfolio in The best nature photography magazine; and publication in a special edition of Nature’s Best dedicated to the Mkapa Photography Awards. Category winners will each receive US $ 1,000 and will be featured in The best of nature special edition. In addition, there will be two young winners: one based in Africa and one global winner.

The competition will improve the visibility of African wildlife through the following categories: Behavior of African fauna, portraits of African fauna, endangered fauna, fragile desert, African conservation heroes, fauna in modern Africa: coexistence and conflict, art in nature, African wildlife backyard, mobile, and through the Africa on the move / Video category, participants will be able to submit images of natural wildlife behavior and outdoor experiences in wild lands.

In developing the new awards, Nature’s Best Photography President Stephen Freligh says: “In my 40 years as a publisher of photographic works, I have personally witnessed the positive impact of combining the creative and documentary talents of professional, amateur and young photographers. Their memories are our new discoveries and their stories are the window on nature.

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