Close and personal portrait of pensive gorilla wins 2022 African Wildlife Photography Awards

Nov 3, 2022

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Close and personal portrait of pensive gorilla wins 2022 African Wildlife Photography Awards

Nov 3, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Nature’s Best Photography (NBP) have announced the winners of the 2022 Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards. This contest “Brings Africa to the World, and the World to Africa,” and it introduces us to diverse African wildlife through a series of stunning images.

This year’s competition attracted 9,500 entries from 57 countries including entrants from 16 African countries. The overall winner is Michelle Kranz, and her amazing portrait of an endangered mountain gorilla brought her a US$ 5,000 grand prize and a large specially-commissioned stone elephant sculpture. The contest also recognizes 13 category winners, each of whom received US$ 1,000 and a stone elephant sculpture.

© Michelle Kranz/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022

Speaking of categories, they are as follows:

  • African Conservation Heroes
  • Coexistence and Conflict
  • African Wildlife at Risk
  • Fragile Wilderness
  • African Wildlife Behavior
  • African Wildlife Portraits
  • Africa’s Backyard Wildlife
  • Art in Nature
  • Creative Digital
  • Mobile
  • Africa in Motion/Video
  • Youth Photographers of the Year (one inside Africa and one international)

The contest aims not only to treat us with some amazing photos. Above all, it aims to engage and involve both Africans and visitors to aid conservation through visual storytelling. Benjamin Mkapa Awards are hence named in honor of the late, iconic African leader and former Tanzanian President, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa. He was dedicated to conservation education throughout Africa, and his impactful support of AWF programs was recognized across the continent.

In addition to the prizes, all winning and highly commended photos are displayed as stunning large-format prints and HD video at the Nairobi National Museum in Kenya through February 2023. The exhibition of 77 prints and 4 videos will travel to other museums and galleries in global locations. You can find out more about the contest here, and now, let’s take a look at the category winners.

© Anthony Ochieng Onyango/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, African Conservation Heroes
© Jose Fragozo/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, Coexistence and Conflict
© Marc Quireyns/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, African Wildlife at Risk
© Paul Mckenzie/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, Art in Nature
© Prelena Soma Owen/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, Creative Digital
© Russ Burden/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, African Wildlife Portraits
© Tomasz Szpila/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, Fragile Wildreness
© Vijayram Harinathan/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, African Wildlife Behavior
© William Steel/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, Africa’s Backyard Wildlife
© Jon Warburton/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, Mobile
© Jaime Freeman/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, Youth in Africa
© Sadie Hine/Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards 2022, Youth International

Africa in Motion (video) winner: James Gifford

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Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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