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View of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Sergey Pesterev

CEO NOTE: 1 January 2021

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It’s DAY ONE of the rest of your life. 2020 was a shocker, and 2021 will get worse before it gets better – certainly here in Africa – so let’s pause to reboot our expectations and come up with a personal winning strategy for the year. My winning strategy to counter the Covid blues is to celebrate Africa every day of my life.

Today also heralds the first day of entries for our 2021 Photographer of the Year – Africa Geographic’s greatest annual celebration! This year we decided to shake the tree and offer a substantial CASH PRIZE in addition to a safari for the winning trio of photographers and their partners. After a record number of entries last year, our thinking for 2021 is that we all need extra incentive to refocus on the joy of life. Expect 6 months of eye-watering epicness as we share our weekly selection of the best entries, before selecting the winners in June.

Again, our judging will be based on whether the image evokes an emotion, tells a story and reflects the true diversity and amazingness of Africa. Of course, there are technical issues to consider, and these are important. But most important for us is that the photograph breaks through the clutter of everyday life and makes you FEEL Africa’s pulse. Check out this video for details.

Our three stories below reflect the variety that Africa brings to us all. Elephants are congregating in areas that they deem to be safe from the evil ones, which in turn creates real issues for humans living in those areas. This is a CONUNDRUM that requires astute management – of elephants and humans. We then delve into the fascinating world of how the NIGHT SKY has affected human thinking for millennia. And our last story below is from one of our tribe, who expresses her frustration that some activists call for BOYCOTTS of certain African tourism industries based on the wildlife policies adopted by those countries. What are your thoughts about this?

Story 1
Managing elephants amongst rural villages is challenging where elephant populations are increasing due to successful conservation practices

Story 2
For centuries, African myths and legends have been recorded in the positions of the celestial bodies in the night sky. Starry starry night …

Story 3
One of our tribe asks if a boycott of African countries based on their wildlife policies is bad for conservation. What do you think?




Simon Espley – CEO, Africa Geographic


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