Judges

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.

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.

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.

KATHY MORAN

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.

PAULA KAHUMBU

Paula is one of Africa’s best known wildlife conservationists. She is the CEO of WildlifeDirect and brainchild of the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign along with Kenya’s First Lady. She received a special commendation from the United Nations her critical role in creating awareness and mobilizing action around the crisis facing elephants in Kenya.

Paula's greatest moment in the Maasai Mara occurred late one night when she heard the sounds of roaring lions and whooping hyenas, followed by horrifying cries of an animal being attacked. At 5.30am she got a call from her guide to go and locate the noise. It was the sound of a baby hippo being attacked by 2 lions while its mother tried to fight them off. Once the lions had won the noise multiplied as a great battle ensued with a pack of over 50 hungry hyenas. By 8.30 there was nothing left of the hippo but it’s skull.

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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