The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year (“the Competition”) is owned and run by the Angama Foundation (“the Organizer”), a not-for-profit company incorporated in the Republic of Kenya. The Competition is governed by the Terms & Conditions (“the T&Cs”) listed below. Notwithstanding the checkbox necessary to submit an entry, the payment of the entry fee will be construed as the unconditional acceptance of the T&Cs by an Entrant to the Competition.
A basic degree of digital manipulation is allowed, including cropping, sharpening, contrast and colour balance, stitch-panoramas, ‘in camera’ multi-exposure, and black and white conversion
Nothing should be added or removed, not even small elements, and the image must be faithful to the original capture in terms of elements of the scene
Composites of montaged images, post-processing filters and other means which manipulate an entry beyond acceptable levels will not be permitted, and the entry will be disqualified and the entry fee forfeited
The extent of allowable digital manipulation shall be at the Judges’ sole discretion, whose decision in this regard will be final, and guided by whether the image in question accurately and honestly represents the scene – including comparison of the entry and its original, unedited format, which will be called for if deemed necessary
By entering the Competition, the Entrant undertakes that:
They took the photograph themselves;
They own the copyright to the image and that it does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property or any other rights of any third party;
They have sought and received permission from any individuals depicted in the image, where applicable;
They did not harm any animal, nor use bait or any baiting mechanism in taking the photograph;
They took the image within the last 24 months from the date of entry;
They took the image within the area of the Republic of Kenya known as the Maasai Mara – which for the avoidance of doubt includes the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Triangle and the Mara Conservancies, including but not limited to Enonkishu, Lemek, Mara North, Naboisho, Nashulai, Olare-Motorogi, Olarro North & South, Ol Churro, Ol Derkesi, Ol Kinyei, Oloisukut, Pardamat and Siana;
They will make available both the original, unedited file and a high-resolution version of the entry, upon request, and failure to do so may result in the entry being disqualified and the entry fee forfeited.
The Competition, its T&Cs and the relationship between the Competition, the Organizer and the Entrant shall be governed by the law of the Republic of Kenya, regardless of the location of the Entrant while completing an entry, and regardless of the location of the Judges whilst deciding the winner of the Competition.
The Entrant hereby irrevocably and unconditionally grants to the Organizer, without compensation, the perpetual right to use an entry in the marketing, advertising and general promotion of the Competition; worldwide exhibition displays and the publication online or by print.
The Entrant will retain the copyright of the entry.
The Organizer shall retain the rights granted for each entry even if the entry is disqualified for whatever reason.
The Entrant shall always be credited by name in each use of the entry, unless explicitly requested of the Organizer not to do so.
The Organizer assumes no responsibility or liability for any inaccurate or incomplete information that may occur in the submission of an entry, either in the form of an error or by omission.
The Entrant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold the Organizer harmless from and against any and all claims, actions and proceedings of any kind, relating to or arising from the loss of income, in respect to royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person as a result of entry into the competition.
The Organizer will maintain all personal information that is supplied by an Entrant in confidence, except to the designated conservation partner of the entry or expressly required by law, and no information will be sold or made known to any other third party.
The prize for the winner of the Competition, including the title of The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year, is US$10,000 in cash, and an all-expenses paid 5-night safari for two people at Angama Mara, including:
Accommodation and all food & beverage, with the exception of French Champagne;
Daily safari activities in the Mara Triangle, in a private vehicle;
Guided walks on the Oloololo escarpment with a Maasai naturalist;
Park fees for daily entry into the Mara Triangle;
Return flights from Nairobi Wilson to Angama Mara’s private airfield.
The safari is subject to availability at Angama Mara, and for travel through 2023. No block-out dates apply.
The above is subject to the winner possessing all required travel documents, including visas (if necessary) and valid passports.
If the winner does not have the appropriate documents and permission to travel, or if they are unable to take up the safari for any other reason, the safari will be forfeited but they will still be entitled to the cash prize.
The cash prize will be paid in US Dollars, by bank transfer to a bank account nominated by the winner, less any applicable withholding taxes.
No interest will be awarded on the cash prize.
The winner undertakes to pay any other fees or costs or taxes associated with the prize, and shall be solely responsible for reporting the prize to their own tax authorities.
Non-cash prizes are not transferable for cash.
The Organizer reserves the right to add additional prizes over the term of the Competition.
The winning photographer’s guide in the Mara will win an all-expenses-paid trip outside of Kenya.
The Organizer reserve the right to verify the details of the photographer’s guide with the accommodation provider as submitted in the entry.
The guide will remain eligible for the prize even if they are no longer employed by the accommodation provider.
If the winning photographer guided themself in the Mara, then they shall also win the guide’s prize in addition to the other prizes, provided that they are a Kenyan resident.
All payments are processed through the Sidekick Foundation DBA the Mara Elephant Project, one of the competition’s conservation partners and a registered 501(c)3 charity domiciled in the United States of America.
Credit card statements will reflect the charge as the Sidekick Foundation, Inc.
Payments are non-refundable and the proceeds will be shared between the photographer and the conservation partner listed, with a minimum of 50% to the latter.