2021 Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards

In line with AWF’s mission to ensure wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa and Nature’s Best Photography's to celebrate the natural world through the art of photography, the competition’s goal is to engage, involve, and attract photographers at all levels of expertise, encouraging behavioural change towards wildlife conservation.

Named to honour the late, iconic African leader and former Tanzanian President, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, this new awards program recognises his leadership in conservation, education, and his passionate support for important AWF programs.

Start an entry now and upload images through the end of June 2021. The results are scheduled to be revealed in November 2021, as AWF celebrates their 60th Anniversary of conservation leadership. The finalists will be displayed in a special print publication and in online presentations; planning is underway for global exhibitions and special events in Africa, Europe, Asia, and America.

Finalists will be selected by a Judging Panel • Prizes totalling $30,000 USD will be awarded in these categories: Overall Grand Prize • African Wildlife Portraits • African Wildlife Behaviour • Coexistence And Conflict: Wildlife In Modern Africa • African Conservation Heroes • African Wildlife At Risk • Fragile Wilderness • Africa’s Backyard Wildlife • Art In Nature • Video • Mobile • Youth (age 18 and younger as of June 18, 2021).

Details: https://www.naturesbestphotography.com/africa.php

Questions or need help? Email awards@naturesbestphotography.org.

Rules (Guidelines):
https://www.naturesbestphotography.com/upload/contest_pdf/2021_MkapaAwards_Guidelines.pdf

And FAQS:
https://www.naturesbestphotography.com/upload/contest_pdf/2021_MkapaAwards_FAQ.pdf

Opened:
April 5, 2021

Deadline:
June 18, 2021

Eligibility
Worldwide; All Countries

Judged Contest

No Age Requirement
Other:
Youth (18 years or younger as of 06/30/2021)

Varied Entry
$30 USD Adult Pro and Amateur.
$15 USD Conservation, Education, or Safari Leader residing in Africa.
FREE for Youth to enter.
Enter up to 25 images per entry; unlimited entries.

Awards:
Prizes worth a total of $30,000 USD will be awarded. The results are scheduled to be revealed at an awards ceremony in November 2021. All finalists will be published and receive a complimentary Special Edition of Nature’s Best Photography magazine devoted to the Mkapa Photo Awards.

GRAND PRIZE/MKAPA AWARD
• $5,000 USD Cash Prize
• Shona Elephant Sculpture award, large: Value $1,000 USD
• Invitation to attend Awards Event in Nairobi (travel and accommodation stipend included)
• Published in Special Edition of NBP magazine
• Inclusion in digital presentations, online galleries, global exposure, events, and exhibitions
• Interview and Portfolio feature in future NBP magazine.

CATEGORY WINNERS
• $1,000 USD Cash Prize
• Shona Elephant Sculpture award, medium-sized
• Published in Special Edition of NBP magazine
• Inclusion in digital presentations, online galleries, events, and global exhibitions

YOUTH WINNER | AFRICAN-based
• Shona Elephant Sculpture award, smaller-sized
• Photo/Outdoor Equipment Package from Sponsor
• Published in Special Edition of NBP magazine
• Inclusion in digital presentations, online galleries, events, and global exhibitions

YOUTH WINNER | Global
• Shona Elephant Sculpture award, smaller-sized
• Photo/Outdoor Equipment Package from Sponsor
• Published in Special Edition of NBP magazine
• Inclusion in digital presentations, online galleries, events, and global exhibitions

HIGHLY HONOURED
• Personalised Highly Honoured Award Certificates
• Published in Special Edition of NBP magazine
• Possible selection for online presentations, events, and global exhibitions

Copyright Policy:
ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL OWNERSHIP TO THE USE OF THEIR IMAGES.

Usage Rights:
In consideration for the opportunity to win an award for your image, by entering the contest you hereby grant NBP and AWF a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to publicly display, reproduce, distribute, modify, excerpt, and transmit your entered images in relationship to the Mkapa Awards. This includes all associated reproduction, distribution, and derivative works in all media including, but not limited to: 1) NBP and AWF websites and social media channels. 2) NBP magazine and other NBP and AWF printed or digital publications, including videos. 3) Exhibitions including sub-licensed display at third-party locations such as museums, hospitals, events, or trade presentations.

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