Remembering Wildlife, the groundbreaking fundraising photo book series, has announced the 10 winners of its photography competition for images to appear in its forthcoming book, Remembering African Wild Dogs, which will help to protect another of the world's most endangered – and elusive – animals.
There are only 6,600 African wild dogs left in the wild and Remembering Wildlife aims to fund projects to protect them, with money raised by Remembering African Wild Dogs, the sixth book in the series that has already donated more than £750,000/$1m USD to 53 projects across 24 countries since it first published in 2016.
It’s hoped the latest book will push the total amount fundraised by Remembering Wildlife to over £1 million.
The final top-10 is truly international, with winning photographers coming from destinations including the US, UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
The winners are:
1. Lance van de Vyver, taken in Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
2. Gregg Robinson, taken in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
3. Torie Hilley, taken in Botswana
4. Matthew Armstrong-Ford, taken in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
5. Dawn Perkins, taken in Laikipia, Kenya
6. Prelena Soma Owen, taken in South Africa
7. Tami Walker, taken in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
8. Nick Rabjohn, taken in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
9. Kathryn Sowerbutts, taken in Nxai Pan, Botswana
10. Grant Atkinson, taken in Linyanti, Botswana
The book will be published on Saturday 6 November 2021 and the 10 winning shots will be printed alongside African wild dog images donated by many of the world's leading wildlife photographers, including Marsel van Oosten, Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, Greg du Toit, Charlie Hamilton James and Remembering Wildlife Founder and Producer Margot Raggett. This year’s front cover image was taken by Neil Aldridge.
African wild dogs are also known as painted dogs or painted wolves because of their strikingly colourful patchy coats. They are the second most endangered carnivore in Africa and populations have declined due to loss of – or ever decreasing – habitat, conflict with humans protecting their livestock, susceptibility to disease, bushmeat snares and predators such as lions.
Remembering Wildlife Founder and Producer Margot Raggett said: "African wild dogs aren’t as well-known as other species such as lions and cheetahs, yet they’re a vital part of the eco-system and are in such trouble, that it’s our duty at Remembering Wildlife to tell their story.
“In fact, it wasn’t until we announced Remembering African Wild Dogs that I realised how many people had never heard of the species or thought they were the same as hyenas.
“The opportunity to not only raise awareness of them and their plight but also raise funds for them, is just what this series is about. We don’t want to just remember them in picture books.
“With the pandemic still reducing travel to many places in Africa that rely on tourist dollars to fund conservation, it is more important than ever that organisations like ours step up to plug the gaps.”
Remembering Wildlife exists to raise awareness of the plight facing wildlife and also funds to protect it. Famous fans of the Remembering Wildlife series include Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Newton-John and Russell Crowe.
The series of books was created by wildlife photographer Margot Raggett, after she was moved to act upon seeing a poached elephant in Kenya. With the five published books – Remembering Elephants, Remembering Rhinos, Remembering Great Apes, Remembering Lions and Remembering Cheetahs – Margot set out to make the most beautiful book on a species ever seen, using images donated by many of the world’s top wildlife photographers.
Margot Raggett said: “The standard of competition entries has, once again, been really impressive and it’s been a difficult task to whittle them down to the final 10.
“Thank you to everyone for entering, and to the panel of judges for their expertise and time. Congratulations to the winners, whose photographs will make a fantastic addition to the book.”
On the judging panel were: Levison Wood, British explorer, TV presenter, writer and photographer; Niall Hampton, editor of Digital Camera magazine; Daryl Balfour, award-winning wildlife photographer; Eddie Ephraums, photographer, publisher and mentor; Lorna Dockerill, editor of Remembering African Wild Dogs; and Margot Raggett.
To find out more about Remembering Wildlife, click here: https://rememberingwildlife.com
To find out more about some of the projects that Remembering Wildlife has already funded, click here: https://rememberingwildlife.com/projects