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Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year

Brought to you by Canon and Cape Union Mart


The Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition, brought to you by Canon and Cape Union Mart, will run from December 2015 to May 2016.

Entries will compete for the overall title of Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 with prizes as detailed below. There will also be an award for the “most popular” entry as judged by the Africa Geographic Facebook community as well as awards for category winners.

See our 2015 winner and finalists here

Photographic Categories

Theme: A celebration of Africa

1. Wildlife
2. Traditional Culture
3. Travel/Scenic

Each of the 3 category winners, as chosen by our judges, will qualify as a finalist for the overall title of Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016. Likewise, each of the 3 category winners as chosen by public vote via our Facebook community will qualify as a finalist for the title of “most popular”.

Prizes for the overall winner:


1. The coveted title of Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016.










2. A Canon EOS 70D Body and 18-135 IS STM Kit from Canon South Africa to the value of R19,999.




Anantara-Medjumbe-Island-Resort-logo-small3. 5 nights at Mozambique’s Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort in a Beach Pool Villa for two people sharing inclusive of return flights for two people from Johannesburg to Pemba (provided by Airlink), return island transfers from Pemba, all meals and a selection of beverages, non-motorised water sports plus a dhow sailing activity and spa treatment. Prize is valued at Airlink-Logo-smallR122,145.





Prizes for the two runners up:

(one in each category, allocation to be decided by the organisers)

Tintswalo-atlantic1. Two nights at Tintswalo Atlantic, Cape Town on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis to the value of R20,000.









2. Two nights at African Luxury Hideaways’ Elephant’s Eye, Hwange on an all-inclusive basis to the value of R15,000.


Prize for the “most popular” entry :


iSimangaliso-Logo-Full1. A getaway to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, inclusive of three nights accommodation for two, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, at Mseni Lodge in Sodwana Bay. Prize also includes two nights of turtling with Ufudu tours, one excursion to the nearby uMkhuze section of iSimangaliso for a game experience including lunch and park entrance fees. Prize valued at R12,000.






Additional prize for each category finalist:

(as chosen by our judges and by public vote via our Facebook community)



1. A Wildlife Photographic Course from Big 5 Photos to the value of R1,500 each.



Panel of judges:

The judging panel will be headed up by the Africa Geographic team, in conjunction with the sponsors.

Entry details:

-Entries can be submitted from 1 December 2015 until 30 April 2016.

-Entrants must submit images via the online entry form.

-By entering the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition participants confirm that they have agreed to the rules of the competition.

Competition Mechanics

-A selection of the top entries, as selected by the Africa Geographic team, will be posted on the Africa Geographic Facebook page with the hashtag #AfricaGeoPhoto where the community will be asked to “like” images to vote for their favourite.

-A selection of the top entries, as selected by the Africa Geographic team, will be shared weekly in a photographic portfolio within our online magazine. These selections of images are prior to judging, and will be chosen by the editor simply to represent the variety and quality of images submitted so far.

-Judging will commence at the beginning of May 2016.

-On 13 May 2016 fifteen finalists as chosen by our judges will be displayed as a photographic portfolio in that week’s edition of Africa Geographic’s online magazine.

-On 20 May 2016 the three category winners as chosen by the judges and the three category winners as per the public vote from our Facebook community (most likes) will be displayed as a photographic portfolio in that week’s edition of Africa Geographic’s online magazine.

-On 27 May 2016 the overall winner – “Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year” as chosen by our judges and the “most popular” entry as voted on Facebook will be announced.

-The winners, category finalists and certain selected images will be featured in the Africa Geographic’s 2016 Yearbook – a celebration of all that was good in Africa for that year.

Prize Details:

Overall Winner as chosen by our judges:

Canon EOS 70D Body and 18-135 IS STM Kit :


The Canon brand is synonymous with quality and consistency, driven by the company’s passion, imagination, knowledge and loyalty to its customers. Canon technologies are durable, innovative, intuitive, and feature smart and environmentally sustainable designs.  In South Africa Canon continues to support environmental sustainability by operating responsibly, minimising the impact of its business on the environment and also encouraging a culture of environmental awareness and accountability amongst their staff, business associates and partners.

Capture the moment in stunning stills and Full-HD movies with the high performance Canon EOS 70D, featuring 7fps full resolution shooting, an advanced 19-point AF system and Canon’s unique Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.

The prize includes the Canon EOS 70D Body and 18-135 IS STM Kit including EF-S 18-135 IS STM Lens, neck strap, LC-E6E charger, LP-E6 battery, interface cable, video cable and software, courtesy of Canon South Africa.


Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort:


Anatara Medjumbe Island Resort offers romantic barefoot luxury on a secluded African island. Idyllically located on a tiny private island in the jewel-like Quirimbas Archipelago off the northern coast of Mozambique, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort offers an exclusive paradise escape.

You will wake up to a view of endless blue stretching as far as the eye can see in your Beach Pool Villa where you can enjoy a cool dip in your personal plunge pool. Each villa is equipped with a private outdoor deck with table and chairs, sun loungers, hammock and plunge pool, a private outdoor shower and an en-suite bathroom featuring a separate bathtub and shower.

Feel soft powdery sands sifting through your toes as you stroll along a pristine beach lapped by the turquoise Indian Ocean. Drift from a lazy morning by the pool to refresh in the waves, before retreating to Anantara Spa’s intimate beachfront villa to indulge in uniquely sensual therapies. Savour tastes of island life with tantalising local cuisine and seafood plucked fresh from the ocean, or succumb to the finest world flavours, served with extraordinary ocean views.

Beyond the dazzling view, the waters surrounding Medjumbe Island offer an oceanic playground for a wide range of water sports, whale watching boat trips, intimate cruises and remote island picnics.  While some of the world’s most undiscovered and impressive coral reefs create surreal underwater diving adventures.

The 2016 winner of Africa Geographic’s Photographer of the Year competition will enjoy five luxurious nights for two inclusive of accommodation at Anatara Medjumbe Island Resort with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner for every night stayed, beverages (select range of non-alcoholic drinks, house wines, local beers and house spirits), airport transfers to/from Pemba, a complimentary dhow sailing activity and a spa treatment and access to a host of non-motorised water sport activities including including snorkelling, fishing, hobie cat sailing, sea kayaking, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and stand up paddle boarding. Prize valid until 22 December 2016 – exact dates subject to availability.

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Airlink is the largest independent regional airline in southern Africa, linking passengers to smaller towns, cities and regional centres, servicing more than 35 destinations in 9 African countries. With more than 21 years of customer focused experience along with the widest network and choice of flights, you get where you want to be, when you want to be there. Through Airlink’s alliance with SAA you can enjoy convenient connections with SAA, their Star Alliance Partner airlines and other carriers throughout Southern Africa and the world.

The 2016 winner of Africa Geographic’s Photographer of the Year competition will receive two return tickets, all inclusive, on Airlink‘s direct services from Johannesburg to Pemba, Northern Mozambique. This prize is valid travel between June 2016 and June 2017, exact dates subject to availability.


Two Runners Up as chosen by our judges (one prize per category winner):

Tintswalo Atlantic, Cape Town:


Tintswalo Atlantic, a 5-star luxury lodge nestled on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean between Hout Bay and Cape Town, mirrors the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean in every uniquely designed suite and finish. Located on Chapman’s Peak Drive, which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park – one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage Sites, it is a must for any traveller’s itinerary.

Visitors to Tintswalo Atlantic can expect exclusive accommodation in a breath-taking setting, 5-star fine dining, warm, family-style hospitality and a host of unexpected pleasures in this, our gem on the Atlantic.

The prize includes two nights accommodation at Tintswalo Atlantic for two people on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. The prize includes airport transfers if required but excludes flights and beverages. This prize is valid from 1 July 2016 to 31 June 2017, excluding 1 December 2016 – 15 January 2017.

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Elephant’s Eye, Hwange:


African Luxury Hideaways’ Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Lodge presents an unforgettable experience with African wildlife in an intimate and welcoming setting. Attention to detail and friendly service in the heart of the African bush will put you at ease as you escape the noise and bustle of the modern world. You will enjoy the quiet, beautiful views looking onto a waterhole which is frequented by elephants and other game, allowing you to feel at one with nature.

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange is located on a private concession, a mere 13km away from the entrance to Hwange National Park. Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe, covering an area of approximately 14,650 square kilometres. Named after a local chief, Hwange is situated in the northwest corner of the country about one hour south of the Mighty Victoria Falls. Because of its close proximity to Victoria Falls, Hwange boasts an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna, and a plethora of African wildlife. There are over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded in Hwange National Park. Specifically, the elephant population in Hwange is world famous, as it is one of the largest in the world.

The prize includes two nights accommodation for two people at African Luxury Hideaways‘ Elephant’s Eye, Hwange. This includes all meals, water, soft drinks, beers, ciders, mixers and house wine, two game activities per day (game drives/walks), a homestead visit and a visit to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre, transfers from and to Hwange Airport and laundry. The prize excludes flights, park fees and premium brand drinks. The prize is valid for dates between 16 November and 15 December 2016 and 01 January to 15 June 2017.

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‘Most Popular’ Winner as per public vote via our Facebook community – most likes:

Turtling in iSimangaliso Wetland Park


Annually, between the months of November and March, leatherback and loggerhead turtles haul their massive bodies out of the Indian Ocean and up to the base of the dunes, to lay their eggs. In this most ancient cycle of life, turtles return with almost magical accuracy to the very same beach where they hatched. This is one of the most special and awe-inspiring miracles of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park world heritage site – the nesting of endangered turtles on its golden shoreline.

Of the seven species of marine turtles worldwide, iSimangaliso’s protected coastline has five species, and its pristine beaches comprise one of the last significant laying sites in Africa for loggerheads and leatherbacks.

With less than 100 laying females coming ashore each year, iSimangaliso’s leatherback turtles, the most southern population in the world, are rarer than black rhino and critically endangered. This means they could go extinct in our lifetime. Having survived aeons and ice ages along with rhinos, and at a time when over 1,000 biological species are going extinct globally every year, their future survival lies with all of us.

As winner of this prize you will have the chance to experience this annual ritual with Ufudu tours, an iSimangaliso licensed operator based out of the Sodwana Bay section of iSimangaliso. Accommodation will be provided at the newly renovated Mseni Lodge tucked away in the dense coastal forest with great ocean views.

Providing the perfect beach and bush experience, uMkhuze section of iSimangaliso is a short drive away. You will have the chance to experience uMkhuze – a significant Ramsar site of international importance with over 400 species of birds and home to the Big 5 including the lion and wild dog populations of iSimangaliso. This prize is valid travel between November 2016 and March 2017, exact dates subject to availability.

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Six Category Finalists (one prize per category):

Wildlife Photographic Course from Big 5 Photos:


Become the Wildlife Photographer you have always dreamed of with this highly acclaimed course from Big 5 Photos. This course is aimed at the photographer who is comfortable with their camera but might not quite understand exactly how everything works in harmony. Learn about the exposure triangle and how to use it along with all the troubleshooting techniques to improve your photography in the bush!

The course covers, in detail, the following: Full frame vs APS-C sensors and how they affect your images, resolution, RAW vs Jpg and image quality, aperture priority, shutter priority, ISO and manual mode, Exposure compensation and metering, Auto-focus modes and when to use them along with auto-focus points, white balance, night time and long exposure photography, wildlife photography tips and techniques, an introduction to post processing and understanding colour spaces and how to use them.

Click this link for more information on the course. The course is based out of Big 5 Photos‘ offices in Randburg and with a maximum of 7 students, you get all the necessary attention you need. The course can also be taken via Skype. The prize is valid until June 2017.



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