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.

ART WOLFE

With an extraordinary career spanning five decades, Art Wolfe is an American photographer & conservationist, and one of the most decorated nature and wildlife photographers of his generation. Always “focusing on what’s beautiful on the Earth”, Art’s work has been published in dozens of books and won countless awards, yet it is his ongoing commitment to education – of both photography and the environment – that has ensured his worldwide stature as a leader in the field.

Art’s greatest moment in the Maasai Mara was spent with a pack of wild dogs one morning, enjoying the drama and dance between predator and prey as they chased down a small group of wildebeest. In a single photo, he was able to capture how these agile predators have learned to immobilize much larger animals.

FEDERICO VERONESI

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.

MICHAEL POLIZA

A German photographer and entrepreneur specializing in wildlife and nature photography, Michael has won numerous awards for his groundbreaking work and has a special love for the natural beauty of Africa. Michael is well known for shooting from a helicopter where he takes exceptional landscapes shots showcasing the effect of human activity.

Michael's greatest moment in the Maasai Mara, was at the river where suddenly a herd of zebras and wildebeest came around the corner and without much notice decided to cross. It was a huge commotion, lots of dust as they were approaching and foaming water as they were entering the river. It was incredibly powerful and for whatever reason he decided to put his camera down and just enjoy the amazing moment.

NISHA PURUSHOTHAMAN

A conservationist photographer and avid traveler, Nisha firmly believes that people need more awareness about the planet and should travel to see the already fragile eco-system firsthand and contribute their part in conserving the earth’s resources. She is a four times finalist in Natural History Museum - London’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition & one time HIPA finalist. Her works have been published in various international publications.

Nisha's greatest moment in the Maasai Mara was spending a full day with a Serval cat. She documented a day in the life of this cat and was able to capture it's best moments. By late evening the serval cat approached the vehicle and walked alongside it until dusk and the day came to an end.

ADAM BANNISTER

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.

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