Angama Mara announces winner of the Photographer of the Year Competition ·

Angama Mara announces winner of the Photographer of the Year Competition

The Angama Foundation is proud to announce Anup Shah as the winner of The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year 2018, for his image, titled “Escort,” of a baby elephant boldly walking between cautious adults.

In recognition of his photograph being selected as the winner from amongst 10 finalists, Anup was awarded the grand prize — a five-night safari for two at Angama Mara (including return flights from Nairobi) and US$10,000 in cash.

The competition ran from January through October 2018, and received close to 1,000 outstanding entries over the course of 10 months. Acclaimed wildlife photographers Art Wolfe, Federico Veronesi and Adam Bannister judged the entries, and Federico described the winning image as a “Great composition of three young elephants walking towards the camera, captured from a dramatic low angle. An impeccable composition enhanced by the adult elephant in the distance, and a beautiful moment.”

The prize for the winning photographer’s guide – a new Suzuki Maruti Gypsy four-wheel-drive vehicle – went to Sammy Ngotho of the Wild Eye Mara Camp, who guided one of the other finalists in contention for the prize. Anup, who drove himself on safari, kindly offered this prize to the guides of the other finalists.

The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year competition encourages the creation of beautiful imagery to showcase the Maasai Mara as a year-round wildlife destination, raising the profile of wildlife photographers and supporting conservation initiatives in the process. The top entries from this year will be shown at exhibitions in Nairobi, Seattle, Cape Town, Melbourne, Dubai, Brisbane and Atlanta, in partnership with specialist African tour operators.

Each entry included a donation to a conservation partner active in the Maasai Mara, resulting in a total of US$16,650 going to the Anne K. Taylor Fund, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Maa Trust, the Mara Elephant Project and the Mara Conservancy.

Entries for the 2019 competition open on January 1, 2019, with US$10,000 in cash and a five-night safari for two at Angama Mara on offer for the winner. In order to be considered for contest consideration, photographs must have been taken in the Maasai Mara within the past 12 months. Next year’s judging panel also includes renowned photographers Nisha Purushothaman and Michael Poliza.

For more information about The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year, or to enter a photograph, please visit:

High above the Maasai Mara where some of the most romantic scenes from Out of Africa were filmed, Angama Mara comprises two separate and intimate camps, each encompassing 15 tented guest suites. Built on the edge of the Great Rift Valley on one of the most sought-after sites on the continent, this lodge offers heart stopping views as far as the eye can see. The lodge, helmed by industry veteran Nicky Fitzgerald (formerly of &Beyond), boasts outstanding game viewing 12 months of the year, with private access to the reserve. Inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air,’ Angama Mara floats 1,000 feet above the Maasai Mara, where, every morning, hot air balloons sail past the 30-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts of each suite. In addition to consistently excellent game viewing, including Africa’s Big Five, guests enjoy walking safaris, garden-to-table lunches in the shamba, editing their images in the Photographic Studio a fitness center, a 40-foot-long swimming pool, a curated gallery of African art, clothing and jewelry, and a sun-filled studio where local Maasai women work at beading bespoke items. Angama Mara was named #1 Safari Lodge in the World by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2018.

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