December 2017 – Wilderness Safaris is excited to announce the winners of its inaugural Wilderness Moments Photographic Competition, which was launched in June 2017 to encourage all guests, staff and partners who have travelled with the company in the last 34 years to take their “best shot at a purposeful journey”.
Two of the winning photographs in the Wildlife and Landscape Culture categories, with the overall left
“We are thrilled at the high calibre of entries across all five categories and thoroughly enjoyed the overall enthusiasm and support that the competition garnered from across the globe. Our three esteemed judges had some tough decisions to make in choosing winners from the 3 150 entries that we received. We’d like to congratulate our winners, and to thank all entrants for taking part and for their outstanding efforts; it is exciting to view this comprehensive collection of photographs and stories and to share these moments through the eyes and words of those who actually experienced them”, said Chris Roche, Wilderness Safaris Chief Marketing Officer.
The main aim of the Moments Competition was to entrench and celebrate Wilderness Safaris’ core reason for being: to conserve and restore Africa’s wilderness and wildlife by creating life-changing journeys and inspiring positive action. The five categories of the competition therefore focused on the company’s 4Cs sustainability ethos – namely Best Wildlife, Wilderness, Conservation and Community/Culture categories – as well as a fifth category focusing on how ‘Our journeys change lives’. There was also a People’s Choice category to encourage the public to vote for their favourite photograph.
“The overall and category winners were chosen for their technical proficiency, artistic composition, uniqueness and overall impact”, commented Caroline Culbert, one of the competition judges. Caroline was joined by two other photography experts, Mike Myers and Ona Basimane, to make up the judging panel. Together they have more than 40 years of experience in photography, each with a unique life-changing story of how the camera positively changed the course of their destiny.
Aside from the exceptional photographic skills shown in the entries, it was the ‘Our Journeys Change Lives’ category that allowed everyone a chance to enter. These images were not judged by their technical proficiency but rather by the combination of image and supporting story that encapsulated either how the entrant has been part of the Wilderness Safaris journey, how a journey with Wilderness Safaris changed the entrant’s life, or how the entrant has seen someone else’s life changed by Wilderness Safaris.
“We hope that you will enjoy the stunning compilation of winning images on the website and that our winners will experience more life-changing journeys with Wilderness as they take up their fabulous prizes. We look forward to more inspiring images and stories in the 2018 Moments Competition”, Roche concluded.
See below list of winners or click here for more information.
Winner: Best Wildlife Photo and Overall Winner
Prize: An exciting eight-night safari for two people sharing at their choice of Wilderness Safaris Classic or Adventure camps in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe. Wilderness Air charters into/out of camp included (excludes regional and international flights).
Prizes: The following four winners each receive a three-night safari for two people sharing at their choice of Wilderness Safaris Classic or Adventure camps in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe. Wilderness Air charters into/out of camp included (excludes regional and international flights).
- Winner: Best Landscape Photo
- Rainbow and oryx, by Mietsie Visser; taken at Little Kulala, Namibia
- Winner: Best Culture/Community Photo
- Got milk?, by Shirley Sanderson; taken at Serra Cafema, Namibia
- Winner: Best Conservation Photo
- Surprise sundowner guest, by Hadley Pierce; taken at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia
- Winner: Our Journeys Change Lives
- French Doctor, by Serge Etienne; taken at Serra Cafema, Namibia