The five judges of The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year competition, were chosen for their global recognition, local knowledge and unquestionable photographic skills, providing credibility and integrity to the judging process.

Judging Criteria:

  • Overall impression & visual impact – does the entry invoke an emotional response?
  • Technical difficulty & execution – does the entry show skill in balance, focus, lighting, exposure?
  • Originality, humour & creativity – is the photographer’s message conveyed through their lens?

There are no category restrictions, and entries of all subject matter will be accepted: landscape, wildlife, portrait, behavioural, documentary, black & white etc. Entries of the Great Migration will however only be considered in the months from June through October. For the full set of competition rules, please read the T&Cs or view the FAQs.


An Italian national who moved to Kenya and lived on the banks of the Talek River in order to follow his passion for wildlife photography, Federico has dedicated most of his adult life to waiting for, watching, and photographing wild animal, immersed in nature. His images have been featured the world-over, and in September 2015 he published his first coffee table book, Light and Dusk.

Federico’s greatest moment in the Maasai Mara was his first encounter with a caracal family that he chronicled for years, his hands shaking in emotion as the mother – completely relaxed just a few meters away – looked at him with a piercing, haunting look. An experience which he has never forgotten.


A South African-trained biologist, safari guide, author, filmmaker and photographer – above all else Adam is a remarkable storyteller, sharing with viewers and guests what he has learnt from his experiences in some of the world’s most beautiful, wild places – including the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa, Rajasthan in India, the Pantanal of Brazil, and the rainforests of Manu National Park in Peru.

Adam’s greatest moment in the Maasai Mara was the first time he laid eyes on the legendary lion, Scar. Lions have always been Adam’s greatest passion, and on that day in the pouring rain, Scar exuded everything which he loves about them, as he strode confidently across the grassland and settled atop a prominent termite mound. He paused, staring directly into Adam’s jeep, and shook his entire body – spraying water everywhere.

Adam has recently found a home at Angama Mara as the Photography Studio Host, where he shares the joys of the Maasai Mara daily with in-house guests.


Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine's Deputy Director of Photography. As the magazine's first senior editor for natural history projects, Kathy has been producing projects about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems for the magazine since 1990. She lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband and three bad cats.

While she has had memorable experiences with elephants in Samburu and lions in the Serengeti, she is still waiting for her Mara moment.


Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic Magazine photographer, Ami Vitale has traveled to more than 100 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Throughout the years, Ami has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit— keeping true to her belief in the importance of “living the story.” In 2009, after shooting a powerful story on the transport and release of one the world’s last white rhinos, Ami shifted her focus to today’s most compelling wildlife and environmental stories.

Currently based in Montana, Ami Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Charlie Hamilton James

Charlie Hamilton James is an English photographer, television cameraman and presenter, specialising in issues concerning conservation, natural history and anthropology. He started his career at 16, working on David Attenborough's The Trials of Life. His work has since been commissioned by National Geographic Magazine, the BBC and The Natural World. At the young age of 26, he made his first film called "My Halcyon River" and following its success set up his own production company in 2003 called Halcyon Media which specialises in wildlife productions.

Charlie currently resides on the Kenyan Coast having previously lived in Bath and Jackson Hole, Wyoming and is a frequent visitor to the Mara. He has three sons and all three have appeared in his television programmes.

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