Following the success of its inaugural competition last year, the African Wildlife Foundation and Nature's Best Photography have launched the second annual Mkapa African Wildlife Photo Awards. Get your entries in before the June 1, 2022 deadline.
The Mkapa Awards sets itself apart from other wildlife photography competitions through its core commitment to conservation. For example, there are several entry categories that are specific to topics of concern in African conservation.
Furthermore, the Mkapa Awards include: African Conservation Heroes, Coexistence and Conflict, African Wildlife at Risk, Fragile Wilderness, and African Wildlife Behaviour.
Entrants can also enter into more traditional wildlife competition categories: African Wildlife Portraits, Africa's Backyard Wildlife, Art in Nature, Creative Digital, Mobile, Africa in Motion (video), and an 18 and under photographer category.
Winning photos and videos will be revealed at the 2022 Mkapa Photo Awards exhibition, scheduled to open on October 27, 2022, at Nairobi National Museum, in Kenya. Other global locations are being planned for traveling exhibitions.
In addition, all finalists will be published in a special edition of Nature's Best Photography magazine devoted to African imagery and stories from the field.
Entries for this year's edition are $30 USD for up to 20 images, with a total of $30,000 in prizes and African sculpture awards.
All images courtesy of Nature's Best and Mkapa Awards. Lead image, Ingrid Vekeman's Battle of Giants, winner of the Wildlife At Risk category for 2021. Please check out the photographers links as credited.