Africa in Focus Photographic Competition by Wilderness Safaris

Africa in Focus Photographic Competition by Wilderness Safaris

Deadline: October 15, 2020
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes: Safaris

We want to see Africa through your eyes – and through your lens. For the fourth consecutive year, Wilderness Safaris is running its international photo competition, open to anyone and soliciting photographs taken anywhere on the continent. Help us celebrate and share the spectacular landscapes, unparalleled wildlife, and culturally rich, welcoming people that define Africa. With the global COVID-19 pandemic inhibiting travel and challenging us on so many levels, now more than ever we need to reminisce – and dream – of Africa’s beauty, adventure, wide-open spaces, and true wilderness. As captured in your photographs – your focus on Africa.

So whether you’re shooting elephant crossing the snaking blue channels of the Okavango, Himba traversing the rolling dunes of the Kaokoveld, the intense gaze of a mountain gorilla, a camel caravan in the Sahara, or any other striking scene, we’d love to see the best images you have to offer.


  • African Wildlife
    This category showcases the best photography of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and any other living creature encountered on an African adventure. It is a celebration of the beauty and diversity of the natural world.
  • African Landscapes
    Natural, undisturbed habitat is critical for the survival of all wild species. This category covers landscape photography and celebrates different ecosystems and natural features of Africa.
  • Conserving Africa’s Wilderness
    Submit an image illustrating either a conservation need or a conservation achievement. Your image should be accompanied by a short explanatory note providing details on where and when the image was captured and what you feel it portrays.
  • People / Cultures & Communities of Africa
    Celebrating the characters, cultures, traditions, and modern adaptations of a continent’s people and the engagement with their natural environment. Photographs in this category need to be taken within communities that live alongside wildlife.


Entries photographed in any wilderness area in Africa

  • Wilderness Safaris Photographer of the Year
    One overall winner will be chosen from across the four categories.
    Win an all-expenses paid eight-night safari for two people sharing at a choice of three Wilderness Safaris Classic camps (Botswana, Namibia, Zambia or Zimbabwe). Prizes include a private photographic guide, international flights (economy) to the destination country, as well as charter flights.
    Total prize value: USD20,000.
  • Four Category Winners
    We will select one winner for each of the four categories.
    The category prize includes a four-night safari (Botswana, Namibia, Zambia or Zimbabwe), with charter flights to and from the camp included.
    Total prize value: USD8,500.

Entries photographed anywhere in Africa by Wilderness Safaris’ guests

  • Overall Winner
    One overall winner will be chosen from across the four categories.
    This prize includes a six-night safari for two people sharing at two Wilderness Safaris Classic Camps (Botswana, Namibia, Zambia or Zimbabwe); charter flights to and from the camps included.
    Total prize value: USD12 500.

People’s Choice Competition

The Top 10 entrants of each category will be put to a public vote on the website. The four category winners will each receive a Wilderness Safaris hamper. The entry with the most votes from across the four categories will win a 4-night safari. (Ts & Cs apply)
Total prize value: USD8 000.

Competition Guidebook

  • From 1 September-15 October, we welcome submissions in the following categories: African Wildlife; African Landscapes; Conserving Africa’s Wilderness; and People, Cultures & Communities of Africa.
  • The fee is R300 (USD25) to submit five photographs; you may submit more at extra cost.
  • Once submitted, your photographs will be displayed in an online gallery.
  • Our award-winning photographers make up a distinguished panel of judges.
  • Competition winners will be announced on 15 November, including the winners of the People’s Choice Awards in different categories.
  • Luxury safaris to our different camps comprise the prizes, but the communities we serve also win.
  • All proceeds from the competition will go to our Conservation Heroes campaign, providing food security and sanitation during the COVID-19 pandemic to people hit hard by unemployment. Uplift us with your photographs – and help uplift these communities.
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