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The clock is ticking ever-closer to the crowning of the Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year, but the photographer is not the only winner in this competition
FEATURED IMAGE: “DUSTY DUO” BY ANNA ANTHONY
Nature photography continues to be one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world, and the Mara is considered by many to be a mecca in which to play. Enthusiasts, of all different skill levels, travel from across the world to visit Kenya’s sweeping grasslands. There is photographic potential and opportunity around every corner. Charismatic animals such as lion, elephant, leopard and cheetah roam free, unhindered by fences. Wildebeest and zebra migrate annually in what is surely one of the most spectacular movements of wildlife anywhere on earth. The night skies are dark and the day skies are brilliant blue – it is a photographer’s paradise.
But photography in the Mara is only possible because of the people who preserve it – men and women who make it their life’s work to ensure that the animals remain wild. Thanks must also be handed out in bucket loads to the local communities, who make big sacrifices to ensure that wildlife survives. Their households are often found on the boundaries of the Mara resulting in daily interactions with wildlife.
Last year, we launched a photographic competition that sought to reward both the photographers who take these astounding images, as well as the organisations that support the local people. In addition to providing the winning photographer with a large prize and a platform to build from, we wanted to reward the actual guide. It was with this in mind that we decided that this year, the winning photographer’s guide would be rewarded with a trip to London to watch a Premier League football match – a fantastic acknowledgement for their hard work and dedication.
This year’s edition of The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year is already 7 months through, with just three months left open to enter. If you have not already taken the time to enter we encourage you to do so as soon as you can. Every cent of the entry fee goes to conservation initiatives that are active with boots-on-the-ground in the Mara, and we are proud to offer significant support to these organizations.
The top entries from the competition are exhibited worldwide, showcasing the importance of conservation of the Mara ecosystem and its attraction as a year-round destination. If you missed the exhibitions earlier in the year, we’ll be hosting events in Johannesburg, Austin, Dallas, Atlanta and Indianapolis over the next couple of months (more info about them here). Using the magic of the Mara to help the Mara – what’s not to love?
We hope you enjoy some of the highest caliber photographic entries from this year so far.
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