All entries are judges based on three criteria:

  1. Creativity and a fresh perspective of everyday scenes photographed in refreshing ways
  2. Visual impact & emotional response
  3. Technical difficulty and execution – does the composition, lighting and background take the image to the next level?
  4. Please note that while still a factor, action and rarity of the sighting are less important in the judging process

The judges will select 5 finalists each month from the entries received during that month. The overall winner of the competition – The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year – will be selected from these monthly finalists.