Wilderness Safaris Announces Winners Of Africa In Focus Photo Competition

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to reveal its 2020 Africa in Focus Photo Competition winners. The judges received an array of powerful entries in this fourth annual showcase of our amazing continent, celebrating Africa’s spectacular landscapes, unparalleled wildlife and culturally rich, welcoming people. A total of ZAR250 000 was also raised from the entry fees, and will be donated to Wilderness Safaris’ COVID-Relief Conservation Heroes programme.

Sponsored by, and in partnership with Olympus, Wild Shots Wildlife Photography Conference and C4 Photo Safaris, the competition comprised four categories: African Wildlife, African Landscape, Conserving Africa’s Wilderness, and People/Cultures and Communities of Africa. Entries were not limited to Wilderness Safaris areas; instead, photographers, guests, partners, intrepid travellers and Africa enthusiasts were invited to submit any of their favourite images taken anywhere in Africa.

Headed by award-winning South African photographer, Isak Pretorius, this year’s judging panel also included two of last year’s winners, Trevor Cole, who was the Overall Winner, as well Buddy Eleazer, who won the People’s Choice Award. Joining them were world-renowned photography experts Keith Ladzinski, Shannon Wild, Chris Eyre-Walker and Gaël vande Weghe.

Over 3 800 images were submitted this year by 641 photographers, and 12 920 people voted in the People’s Choice Award. The overall winner was Lance Van de Vyver for his striking image titled ‘Scaly Protection’, taken at Tswalu Private Game Reserve, South Africa.

For a full list of category winners and more information on Wilderness Safaris Photographic Competition, click here.