Entry Details: Photographer of the Year 2017
Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year
Entries will compete for the overall title of Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017. There will also be an award for the “Facebook favourite” entry as judged by the Africa Geographic Facebook community as well as awards for category winners. In addition for the first time there will be a prize for the “most popular” entry submitted via Instagram! For more information or details on prizes carry on reading…
Theme: A celebration of Africa
2. Traditional Culture
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 2017. 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 “Facebook favourite”. The “most popular” Instagram entry will be awarded separately.
Prizes for the overall winner:
1. The coveted title of Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017.
2. A Canon EOS 700D with a double lens kit which includes a EOS 700D 18-55 DC lens and a 75-300mm DC lens, as well as a Toshiba 8GB WiFi card, Canon Haru Backpack, EOS lens and flashes book from Canon South Africa, valued at R10,999.
3. A Big Cat Photo Safari provided by At Close Quarters inclusive of four nights accommodation and all meals (excludes drinks ordered from the bar) at Djuma Vuyatela Lodge in the Sabi Sand, daily game drives and photographic post-processing training. The prize also includes domestic return flights from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Skukuza or Nelspruit (provided by Airlink) as well as airport transfers. Guests are hosted by At Close Quarters photographic guides on all drives. Prize is valued at R52,000.
Prizes for the two runners up:
(one in each category, allocation to be decided by the organisers)
Two nights for two people sharing at Klaserie Sands River Camp, in the heart of the Greater Kruger, inclusive of daily game drives and bush walks, all meals, and select beverages.
Two nights for two people sharing at Hideaways’ Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, inclusive of all meals, select beverages, two activities per day (game drives/walks), a homestead visit, a visit to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre and transfers to and from Hwange Airport to the value of R15,000.
Prize for the “Facebook favourite” entry :
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, a day excursion to the nearby uMkhuze section of iSimangaliso for Big Five game viewing and a forest walk and park entrance fees. Prize valued at R12,000.
Prize for the “most popular” Instagram winner:
A Thule hamper consisting of the Thule Aspect DSLR backpack, Thule Covert DSLR Satchel and a Thule Legend GoPro Case to the value of R7,000.
Additional prize for each category finalist:
(as chosen by our judges and by public vote via our Facebook community)
1. A mixed case of Rhino Tears wine made up of the Red Blend and Chenin Blanc, to the value of R720 each.
Panel of judges:
The judging panel is made up of the Africa Geographic editorial team.
-Entries can be submitted from 1 December 2016 until midnight CAT on Wednesday 26 April 2017.
-Entrants must submit images via the online entry form or via Instagram using the #AfricaGeoPhoto (any entries submitted via Instagram will be considered only for the Instagram prize and not for the overall competition winner, in addition candidates should not enter the same photographs on Instagram as they do 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.
-Entries 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 2017.
-On 5 May 2017, the ‘Top 101’ selection, as chosen by our judges, will be be displayed in that week’s edition of the Africa Geographic’s online magazine.
-On 12 May 2017, forty-one (41) semi-finalists, as chosen by our judges, will be displayed in Africa Geographic’s online magazine.
-On 19 May 2017, twenty-six (26) 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 26 May 2017, the overall winner –“Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year” – along with the three category winners as chosen by the judges, the “most popular” winner on Instagram, and the “Facebook favourite” winner – along with the three category winners as per the public vote from our Facebook community (most likes), will be announced and displayed in that week’s Africa Geographic online magazine.
-The winners, category finalists and certain selected images will be featured in the Africa Geographic’s 2017 Yearbook – a celebration of all that was good in Africa for that year.
Competition Mechanics Instagram Only
1. Users will submit images to Instagram using the #AfricaGeoPhoto. Candidates should not enter the same photographs on Instagram as they do via the online entry form.
2. Shortlisted finalists, as selected by the Africa Geographic team, will be reposted onto the Africa Geographic Instagram channel.
3. The community will be asked to “like” images to vote for their favourite. The submission with the highest number of likes reposted on the Africa Geographic Instagram channel will be awarded as the Instagram “most popular”.
Overall Winner as chosen by our judges:
Canon EOS 700D with a double lens 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.
Canon South Africa is a proud sponsor of the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition. The lucky winner of our competition will win a Canon EOS 700D with a double lens kit which includes a EOS 700D 18-55 DC lens and a 75-300mm DC lens, as well as a Toshiba 8GB WiFi card, Canon Haru Backpack, EOS lens and Flashes book. courtesy of Canon South Africa.
A Big Cat Photo Safari with At Close Quarters:
The At Close Quarters Big Cat Photo Safari is a unique five day safari based out of the beautiful Djuma Vuyatela Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park and is undoubtedly the best place in the world to see leopards.
The safari focusses on big cats, with specific interest in leopards and lions, and gives amateur and professional photographers alike photographic and post processing training. While big cats, and spending time with them, is a top priority you will also no doubt have photographic opportunities with other members of the Big Five, birds,and general game as well the spectacular landscapes and nightscapes of the African bushveld.
Photographer numbers are limited to a maximum of 6 per vehicle, giving space for camera equipment and allowing you the best possible angle at each sighting while Djuma’s limited traversing rights ensure you are not competing with hoards of vehicles at sightings.
Meet new people, make new friends, learn about the African bush, grow your photography and experience some unforgettable moments on the At Close Quarters Big Five Photo Safari! The overall winner of the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition for 2017 will receive this all inclusive safari for two!
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The 2016 winner of Africa Geographic’s Photographer of the Year competition will receive two return tickets on Airlink‘s direct services from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Skukuza or Nelspruit, subject to availability.
Two Runners Up as chosen by our judges (one prize per category winner):
Klaserie Sands River Camp:
Rediscover Africa at Klaserie Sands River Camp in the greater Kruger region. This privately owned camp is intimately managed and offers unrivaled privacy with elegant interiors in a pristine bushveld setting. Enjoy guided walks, Big Five sightings or lounge around on the deck overlooking the riverbed, frequently visited by elephant and buffalo.
This understated, simply beautiful lodge offers luxurious accommodation, with all the indulgent amenities required for absolute rest, relaxation and rediscovery. Exquisite private decks overlook the riverbed where elephant herds, impala and kudu are regular visitors. You will also encounter a multitude of African wildlife on game drives or enjoy a more intimate experience with nature on a guided bush walk, learning about the tracks, sights and sounds of the area’s fauna and flora.
You can win a two night stay for two at the beautiful Klaserie Sands River Camp in our Photographer of the Year competition! The prize is inclusive of daily game drives and bush walks, all meals and a selection of beverages.
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange:
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 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.
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.
The Instagram “most popular” winner:
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Six Category Finalists (one prize per category):
A mixed case of Rhino Tears wine:
The Rhino Tears range of wines, from the Mt Vernon estate in Cape Town, donates proceeds from every bottle sold to be used in the war against rhino poaching within South Africa’s national parks (SANParks). Rhino Tears wines has raised an impressive R1 million since their launch to be used in the war against rhino poaching in South Africa’s national parks (SANParks).
Rhino Tears offers a red blend made from Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage grapes, a delightful fruit driven Chenin Blanc, and a sweet Rosé. R15 from each bottle goes directly to SANParks Honorary Rangers and wine lovers can be confident that 100% of the funds raised through sales of Rhino Tears are used for anti-poaching projects in SANParks.
The finalists in our 2017 Photographer of the Year competition will each win a case of Rhino Tears wine!