by Emma Thomson on February 21, 2018
3 min read

For anyone who hasn’t yet heard of Africa’s Photographer of the Year – where have you been? – let’s kick off the first month of the competition with a quick introduction.

What is the competition all about?

APOTY is the most prestigious photographic competition in the continent and was created to inspire travellers to explore Africa while showcasing each and every magnificent nook and cranny.

Who can enter?

Anyone over the age of 18 that is not associated with the competition.

Sorry to all those who can’t enter this year, we know it’s a bit like wanting to go on a specific ride in the theme park and not making the height line…but don’t worry, we’re sure to be back next year so come up with some creative ideas in preparation.

For all those who will be participating, all you need is to do is capture a snippet of Africa’s beauty and enter it into the current category. Although you’re more than welcome to submit more than one, please remember that only one photo per person, per category will be able to make it through to the final.

Don’t mistake this for a local thing, we both accept and encourage entries from around the world so we can all come together in the celebration of Africa’s beauty.

What are the categories?

The current February – March category is ‘Capture Africa’

You may be wondering what exactly that encompasses but it is quite simply, Africa through your eyes. We want to see your vision, what does Africa mean to you? Is it the white lions of Timbavati, traditional Maasai warriors, the ever-curious meerkat or the Mars-like terrain of Namibia?

Although each category will be announced and explained as it becomes active, for all the eager beavers out there, you can find them here.

What are the prizes?

The winner of each category will win themselves a pair SWAROVSKI OPTIK Companion 10×30 binoculars worth $1, 400. More information on these can be found here.

Now, what you’ve all been waiting for, the Grand Prize. Drum roll please…

The overall winner will receive a 9-day holiday for two valued at a whopping $32, 000! This incredible holiday will begin at the opulent Ellerman House in the Mother City. From there the lucky winner will jet off to two camps along Botswana’s far-reaching Okavango Delta for an unforgettable luxury safari experience.

Read more about the prize and the incredible destinations on the APOTY website prize page.

A quick teaser

In case you need any more convincing, we decided to include a couple of the entries received so far.

APOTY 2018 lion

Entry submitted by Simon Eeman

APOTY 2018 zebra and vultures

Entry submitted by Rebecca Mack

APOTY 2018 lion submission

Entry submitted by Dave Lu

APOTY 2018 zebra submission

Entry submitted by Kevin Tan

APOTY 2018 lion

Entry submitted by Saran Venki

The Nitty Gritty

As with all competitions, there are some Terms & Conditions. Please familiarise yourself with these before submitting any entries.

See our conversation with last year’s winner Clement Kiragu when he came to visit us at Rhino Africa.

Best of luck, we can’t wait to see what you come up with!