The winning images from Nature’s Best Photography (NBP) Africa 2016, the premier annual African focused nature photography competition, will be exhibited at the Iziko South African Museum from Wednesday, June 22, until the September 25.
The competition invites photographers from across the globe to submit their images, taken in Africa, for judging by an expert panel of judges. The winners will be announced at the gala awards ceremony at the Iziko South African Museum on Tuesday, June 21. The combined value of the prizes – to some of Africa’s finest wildlife environs – is approximately R1 million, making this one of the most prestigious competitions of its type in the world.
The competition consists of 12 categories: African Wildlife Portfolio, African Image of the Year, African Landscapes, Wild Cats of Africa Behavioral, Wild Cats of Africa Portraits, Birds of Africa Behavioral, Birds of Africa Portraits, Mammals of Africa Behavioral, Mammals of Africa Portraits, Reptiles of Africa, Africa at Sea, Africa Up Close, Art in African Wildlife, Youth Awards 18 years and under. The winners of the African Wildlife
Photographer of the Year Portfolio and the Image of the Year will win trips to the Masai Mara in Kenya, or to the Serengeti in Tanzania sponsored by CNP Safaris and &Beyond. All other adult categories will win a photographic safari to the Chobe River, sponsored by Chobe Safari Lodge and CNP Safaris. Winners of the youth categories will receive a photographic trip to the Thulani Lodge in Hoedspruit, sponsored by A Spring of Hope and CNP Safaris.
Nature’s Best Photography is a respected global brand, having run successfully in alliance with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC for many years. A selection of winning images from NPB Africa will be included in the annual NBP exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
NPB Africa is registered as a South African non-profit entity which has established this valuable platform for the promotion of photography, conservation and the continent of Africa, to a massive global audience. NBP Africa, Iziko Museums of South Africa, the Da Vinci Institute and Nikon, will work together to launch and extend from year to year, the educational component in order to promote photographic excellence, attract new audiences to photography, and to foster an appreciation for conservation of our natural resources. NGO partners include the African Wildlife Foundation and A Spring of Hope for community benefit and empowerment.
Coordinated by NBP Africa in association with Iziko Museums of South Africa and NBP Global, the competition continues to attract valuable support from respected industry partners. Nikon South Africa has been appointed as the official and exclusive camera partner to NBP Africa.