The winners of the Nature’s Best Photography Africa competition were announced at the Iziko South African Museum on Tuesday, 7 November.
The annual awards event precedes the opening of an exhibition of the same name. The exhibition showcases the top seventy-five award-winning photographs taken in Africa, sourced from entries by photographers from across the globe.
“The Iziko South African Museum’s narrative is geared toward engendering an understanding of our environment, and encourages new ways of using and seeing the world we live in. The partnership with Nature’s Best Photography Africa and its resultant exhibition directly aligns with the core mandate of Iziko Museums of South Africa. The medium of photography has become one of the most effective ways of conveying and depicting both nature’s abundance and vulnerability,” said Ms Rooksana Omar, CEO of Iziko.
South African photographer, Brendon Cremer, was awarded the title of “Photographer of the Year” for his images: Head to Head; The Dash to Water; The Face in the Moon; Swimming to Safety; Surfing Seal; Clash of the Beasts; Chasing Tails; African Kaleidoscope; Copulating Lapwings, and King of the Rock.
Fellow South African, Geo Cloete, won “Photograph of the Year” for his entry, Tentacle Tornado. The “Youth” award was won by Pradyuman Samant from India for Silhouette Cheetah. A full list of all the winners and categories can be found on www.iziko.org.za.
The expert panel consisted of local and international judges, who considered over 7,000 images to select the winners. The winners competed for prizes made up of photographic safaris to some of Africa’s richest wildlife regions, with a combined value in excess of R1 million. This is the largest prize value of any nature photography competition in the world!
The competition consists of 13 categories: African Landscapes, Wild Cats of Africa Behavioural, Wild Cats of Africa Portraits, Birds of Africa Behavioural, Birds of Africa Portraits, Mammals of Africa behavioural, Mammals of Africa Portraits, Reptiles and Amphibians of Africa, Africa Up Close, Africa at Sea, Art in African Wildlife, Africa in Black and White, and the Youth Award.
In addition, photographic safaris have been awarded to allow gifted photographers the opportunity to visit destinations in Africa where they will be able to create more breathtakingly beautiful images.
Adult prize winners of the competition were awarded specialist photographic safaris sponsored by the &Beyond Group, Chobe Safari Lodge and CNP Safaris. These awards will take the winners to the Chobe in Botswana, Masai Mara in Kenya, or to the Serengeti in Tanzania for a photographic journey of discovery.
NBP Africa is registered as a South African non-profit entity which has established this valuable platform for the promotion of photography, conservation and the continent of Africa, to a massive global audience. NBP Africa, Iziko Museums of South Africa, the Da Vinci Institute, and Nikon, have been working together over the past few years to promote photographic excellence, attract new audiences to photography, and to foster an appreciation for conservation of our natural resources. NGO partners include the African Wildlife Foundation and A Spring of Hope for community benefit and empowerment.
Coordinated by NBP Africa, in association with Iziko Museums of South Africa and NBP Global, the competition continues to attract valuable support from respected industry partners. Nikon South Africa has been appointed as the official and exclusive camera partner to NBP Africa. This prestigious competition has attracted many sponsors, including Epson as the print sponsor, and Paarl Media, which coordinates the printing of a superior quality catalogue to document and accompany the exhibition. Painted Wolf Wines provided the wine for the gala awards. Kingfisher is the courier partner.