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Bringing Africa to the World, and the World to Africa © Gabriela Staebler / Mkapa Awards

PRESENTED HERE ARE the Category Winners and Highly Honored IMAGES selected for the inaugural print exhibition In nAIROBI

Charlotte Islana, Art Curator, Nairobi National Museum. Mkapa Exhibition open through January 15, 2022.

WINNER | GRAND PRIZE

Gelada and Baby, Simien Mountains, Ethiopia by Riccardo Marchegiani of Ancona, Italy

“Hiking through the forest to reach the highest cliff, I was rewarded with this view of an unspoiled valley with a 600 meter (1,968 ft) precipice in the middle, multiple waterfalls on the edge of the cliffs, soft clouds wrapping the mountains, in a bright green field with yellow flowers. Standing perfectly still, I observed a gelada colony in this idyllic wilderness scene.”

One of the only grass-grazing terrestrial primates, geladas compete with livestock for grasslands. AWF works with rural communities creating solutions to safeguard wild species.

Sony α7R III; 16-35mm ƒ/2.8 GM lens at 22mm; 1/200 sec at ƒ/7.1; ISO 320; hand-held.

WINNER | COEXISTENCE AND CONFLICT: WILDLIFE IN MODERN AFRICA

Elephant Orphans of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, Samburu, Kenya by James Lewin of Nanyuki, Kenya

“A group of orphans from Reteti, the first community-owned rescue sanctuary in Africa, were led to this symbolic mural before being returned to the wild. Historically, this rock was known as a poachers’ hideout. Today it is a place where the community members, elders, visitors, and now orphans gather. Over a roughly 3-year stay at Reteti, the abandoned or injured baby elephants are nurtured and taught necessary skills before they can be released.”

Fuijifilm GFX 50S; 45-100mm ƒ/4 R LM OIS WR lens at 45mm; 1/500 sec at ƒ/7.1; ISO 500; hand-held.

HIGHLY HONORED | COEXISTENCE and CONFLICT: WILDLIFE IN MODERN AFRICA

Elephant Trunk, Kasungu National Park, Malawi by Gunther De Bruyne of Bonheiden, Belgium
Ivory Burning, Manyani, Kenya by Katsumi Howard of Hokuto, Yamanashi, Japan
White Rhinos, Nairobi National Park, Kenya by Jose Fragozo of Tavira, Portugal and Nairobi, Kenya
Boscia Tree and Guide, Mara North Conservancy, Kenya by Paul Goldstein of London, England, UK
Cape Gannets, Bird Island, Algoa Bay, South Africa by Peter Chadwick of Bredasdorp, South Africa
African Grey Parrots, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo by Robert J. Ross of Basalt, Colorado, USA

WINNER | african conservation heroes

Wildlife Veterinarian Mércia Ângela and Pangolin, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique by Jen Guyton of Mainz, Germany

“Mozambican wildlife veterinarian, Mércia Ângela, is pictured here on her daily walk with Boogli, a female pangolin confiscated as a 2.2 kg (4.8 lb) infant by Gorongosa’s law enforcement team. Mércia was one of Boogli’s primary caregivers, raising her to adulthood before her release back into the wild. The young conservationist’s passion and optimism gives me great hope in the efforts to protect and revive irreplaceable wildlife and wild lands of Africa.”

AWF creates educational campaigns to inform the public that the pangolins—the world's most highly trafficked animals—are an endangered species, and their scales have no medicinal or magical properties.

Sony α7R III; 24–105mm ƒ/4 G OSS lens at 46mm; 1/160 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 250; Godox flash with XProS trigger; hand-held.

HIGHLY HONORED | AFRICAN conservation heroes

Pangolin Rangers, Rombo Conservancy, Amboseli, Kenya by Anthony Ochieng Onyango of Nairobi, Kenya
Caregiver, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Uganda by Anthony Ochieng Onyango of Nairobi, Kenya
Game Rangers and Tracker Dog, Mara Triangle, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Go Yamagata of Yokosuka, Japan
Vets and Rangers, White Rhino Dehorning, Thanda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa by Gunther De Bruyne of Bonheiden, Belgium
Elephant Keeper and Orphan, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT), Nairobi, Kenya by Kathy Karn of London, Ontario, Canada
Tracker and Mountain Gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda by Kurt Jay Bertels of Johannesburg, South Africa
Caretaker André Bauma and Ndakasi (2007-2021), Senkwekwe Gorilla Sanctuary, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo by Marcus Westberg of Stockholm, Sweden
Veterinarian Team, Senkwekwe Gorilla Sanctuary, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo by Marcus Westberg of Stockholm, Sweden
Celebrate Nyathi Photo of White Rhino, Islington, Mpumalanga, South Africa by Mike Kendrick of Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa
Wildlife Rangers, Tusk Removal, Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya by Paul Goldstein of London, England, UK

WINNER | african wildlife: at risk

White Rhinoceros, Solio Game Reserve, Mount Kenya, Kenya by Ingrid Vekemans of Wakkerzeel, Belgium

“Driving around the Solio Reserve, we spotted two rhinos looking at each other. One rhino had a long horn and the horn of the other one had been broken. Suddenly, the long-horned rhino charged, and as the battle went on, the other was shrieking and squealing. To capture the action, dust, blood, and fury of this battle of the giants, I used my 500mm lens. In the end, they stood facing each other for a long time until the long-horned one walked away, leaving the other battered and dazed.”

Nikon D810; 500mm ƒ/4 lens; 1/1000 sec at ƒ/5; ISO 1000; bean bag from vehicle.

HIGHLY HONORED | african wildlife: at risk

Cheetah and Lilac-breasted Roller, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Ben Cranke of Pretoria, South Africa
Masai Giraffe and Red-billed Oxpeckers, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Hong Chen of Hong Kong
African Savanna Elephants, Amboseli National Park, Kenya by Kathy Karn of London, Ontario, Canada
White-backed Vultures, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana by Kevin Dooley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Mountain Gorilla, Uganda by Majed AL Za’abi of Sulaibikhat, Kuwait City, Kuwait
African Lions, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya by Neelutpaul Barua of Mumbai, India
African Wild Dogs and Wildebeest, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania by Pierluigi Rizzato of Borgoricco, Italy
Ethiopian Wolf, Sanetti Plateau, Bale Mountain, Ethiopia by Roberto Marchegiani of Ancona, Italy

WINNER | fragile wilderness

Waterfall and Baobab, Ruacana Falls, Namibia by Anette Mossbacher of Bergdietikon, Switzerland

“Arriving at this location on the northern border of Namibia, I was lucky that the waterfalls had water. Scouting for good angles to photograph the baobab with the falls flowing behind it, I climbed very steep cliffs while carrying my gear and tripod to this beautiful spot. With bloodied hands and knee, I waited for three hours in the heat for the best light. It was worth it for this image.”

Fuijifilm X-H1; 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens at 306.2mm; 28 secs at ƒ/22; ISO 100; Formatt Hitech Firecrest ND filter; Gitzo tripod; RRS ball head.

HIGHLY HONORED | fragile wilderness

Gemsbok, Sossusvlei, Namibia by Ben Cranke of Pretoria, South Africa
African Savanna Elephant, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Chandrashekar Kalyanasundaram of Bangalore, India
Lesser Flamingos, Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park, Kenya by Gurcharan Roopra of Nairobi, Kenya
Sunset, Chimanimani National Park, Mozambique by Jen Guyton of Mainz, Germany
Sunset, Epupa Falls, Namibia by Paolo Mignosa of Parma, Italy
Springboks, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia by Vittorio Ricci of Genoa, Liguria, Italy

WINNER | AFRICAN WILDLIFE: PORTRAITS

African Savanna Elephants, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa by Kevin Dooley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

“As a nature photographer, I witness many amazing scenes of African wildlife interactions, and adult elephants are some of the kindest and most expressive animals with their young. In this photo, a baby had popped out from under a group of elders to drink. They made space and were extremely careful not to step on the calf. When the adults lifted their trunks over the baby, I was able to compose this intimate portrait.”

Canon 1D X Mark II; Sigma 150-600mm ƒ/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens at 600mm; 1/1000 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 800; hand-held.

HIGHLY HONORED | AFRICAN WILDLIFE: PORTRAITS

Chimpanzee, Gombe National Park, Tanzania by Anup Shah of Chippenham, England, UK
Impala and Red-billed Oxpecker, Timbavati Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa by Chad Cocking of Hoedspruit, South Africa
Meerkats, Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari Desert, Botswana by Daisy Gilardini of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
African Lion and Lioness, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana by Ernest Porter of Johannesburg, South Africa
White Rhinoceros, Solio Ranch, Laikipia County, Kenya by Gurcharan Roopra of Nairobi, Kenya
Mandrill, Lopé National Park, Gabon by Hans-Otto Thomashoff of Vienna, Austria
Shoebill, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda by Hans-Otto Thomashoff of Vienna, Austria
African Savanna Elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya by James Lewin of Nanyuki, Kenya
Walia Ibex, Simien Mountains, Ethiopia by Kevin Dooley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Cheetahs, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana by Kevin Dooley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
African Lion, Okavango Delta, Botswana by Panos Laskarakis of Ioannina, Greece
Gelada Family, Simien Mountain, Ethiopia by Roberto Marchegiani of Arcona, Italy
Masai Giraffes, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania by Robert J. Ross of Basalt, Colorado, USA
Yellow-billed Stork, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania by Russ Burden of Parker, Colorado, USA
Bateleur, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Yonatan Stern of Raanana, Israel

WINNER | AFRICAN WILDLIFE: behavior

“A Turbulent Swim”

Cheetahs, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Buddhilini de Soyza of Sydney, Australia

“Incessant rains in early 2020 caused the Talek River to flood. The Maasai elders had never seen conditions like this before. After searching for hours for a place to cross, a coalition of five male cheetahs suddenly jumped in and were carried downstream in the terrifyingly powerful currents. Watching as they were swept along, we were delighted when they made it to the other side. While we feel privileged to have witnessed this scene of survival, it is a reminder of the extreme weather caused by climate change.”

Canon 5D Mark IV; 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens at 400mm; 1/2000 sec at ƒ/5.6; ISO 640; hand-held.

highly honored | AFRICAN WILDLIFE: behavior

Black-faced Impala, Etosha National Park, Namibia by Barbara Fleming of Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Leopard and Nyala, Timbavati Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa by Chad Cocking of Hoedspruit, South Africa
African Wild Dogs and Spotted Hyenas, Timbavati Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa by Chad Cocking of Hoedspruit, South Africa
African Savanna Elephants, Chobe National Park, Botswana by Charl Stols of Kasane, Botswana
Knob-billed Ducks, Little Vumbura Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana by George D. Lepp of Bend, Oregon, USA
Leopard and Plains Zebra, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana by Kevin Dooley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
African Lions, Serengeti, Tanzania by Paul Bruce of Dayton, Ohio, USA
Fallen Elephant and Baobab Tree, African Lions, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania by Robert J. Ross of Basalt, Colorado, USA

WINNER | AFRICAN WILDLIFE: backyards

“Hand in Hand With Conservation”

Douliot’s Bright-eyed Frog, Anja, Madagascar by Javier Lobón-Rovira of Madrid, Spain

“While I was on a scientific expedition to survey amphibians in Madagascar, a local farmer called our attention to the tiny green frog he held carefully in his hands. It is crucial for community members to understand the importance of each living creature around us. We must learn how to protect their biodiversity, and therefore, their future.”

Nikon D800; 60mm ƒ/2.8 lens; 1/160 sec at ƒ/20; ISO 100; Yongnuo VI flashlight; LumiQuest SoftBox; hand-held.

HIGHLY HONORED | AFRICAN WILDLIFE: backyards

Mwanza Flat-headed Agama, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania by Cezary Raczko, Falls Church, Virginia, USA
Adanson’s House Jumper, Newlands Forest, Capetown, South Africa by Christian Brockes of Essen, Germany
Oustalet’s Chameleon, Anja Community, Madagascar by Javier Lobón-Rovira of Madrid, Spain
Eastern Black-and-white Colobus, Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge, Tanzania by Mike Cristina of Killingly, Connecticut, USA
Malachite Sunbird, Balgowan, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa by Richard Flack of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WINNER | ART IN NATURE

“galaxy”

Lesser Flamingos, Lake Natron, Tanzania by Paul Mckenzie of Hong Kong

“Seen from a light aircraft with the doors removed on one side, the world below resembles a distant galaxy. This breath- taking view shows lesser flamingos on the mud flats of Lake Natron, where they gather to feed in the algae- and sediment-rich, shallow waters. The birds leave trails as they walk through the water on top of the thick, black mud.”

AWF works to conserve this lake area — an important breeding ground for the hundreds of thousands of pink flamingos which flock to its shores each year, along with many other species.

Canon 5D Mark IV; 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS II USM lens at 105mm; 1/3200 sec at ƒ/4; ISO 500; hand-held from light aircraft.

HIGHLY HONORED | art in nature

Elephant at Sunrise, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Gabriela Staebler of Schondorf, Germany
Springbok and Plains Zebra, Etosha National Park, Namibia by Kevin Dooley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
African Leopard, Chobe National Park, Botswana by Panos Laskarakis of Ioannina, Greece
Lesser Flamingos, Lake Bogoria National Park, Kenya by Paul Mckenzie of Hong Kong
Plains Zebras, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania by Pierluigi Rizzato of Borgoricco, Italy
African Savanna Elephant, Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa by Rudi Hulshof of Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa

WINNER | youth in africa

Wildebeest, Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa by Cathan Moore, at age 17 of Hoedspruit, South Africa

“On a scorcher of a day, I was sitting on the sizzling ground waiting for a family of blue wildebeest to migrate across the plains. Drenched in sweat and bombarded by flies, I was about to call it quits when the lead individual took the first steps out into the open, and the rest followed. To my amazement, they headed in my direction and lined up beautifully for this portrait.”

Canon 7D Mark II; Sigma 150-600mm ƒ/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens at 150mm; 1/1600 sec at ƒ/5.6; ISO 640; hand-held.

WINNER | youth International

Mountain Gorilla Baby, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda by Zander Galli, at age 15 of Miami, Florida, USA

“While the adults of the Kwitonda gorilla family enjoyed a midday nap after a long bamboo foraging session, this barely one-month-old infant was playing on his mother’s chest. He relentlessly attempted to rouse the others of the group.”

In 2018, AWF donated land to the Rwandan government to expand gorilla habitat adjacent to Volcanoes National Park. Ape populations have recovered from near extinction over the past few years, and the draw for tourism provides financial support to local communities.

Nikon D850; 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 ED VR II lens at 200mm; 1/160 sec at ƒ/4.5; ISO 4000; hand-held.

HIGHLY HONORED | youth

Kori Bustard and Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Ethiopia by Carlos Pérez Naval, at age 13 of Calamocha, Spain
African Lioness and Cubs, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya By Hannah Vijayan, at age 14 of Ontario, Canada
Cape Cormorant, Cape Town, South Africa by Ruben Jenkins-Bate, at age 17 of Cape Town, South Africa
African Leopard and Savanna Hare, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya By Tanay Malde, at age 17 of Mombasa, Kenya

WINNER | AFRICA IN MOTION: video

“Magical Maasai Mara”

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya by Olli Teirilä of Helsinki, Finland

“This video conveys the magic of the Mara at its wildest and most wonderful. Within this national reserve, there is an abundance of wildlife to photograph. Africa has many stories to tell: from the heart-warming and the beautiful to the exciting moments on the open plains and rolling hills. I encourage people to come and see it for yourselves or, if you have been before, to return as soon as possible.”

HIGHLY HONORED | africa in motion: video

“Rhino Lover and Hero” Kenya Wildlife Service Ranger, Rhino Conservation, Meru National Park, Kenya by Anthony Ochieng Onyango (Tony Wild) of Nairobi, Kenya

“Gardeners of the Ecosystem” Selenkay Conservancy, Kajiado County, Kenya by Feisal Malik, Visual Africa Films Ltd. of Nairobi, Kenya

“Invitation To Play” Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa by Lee-Anne Robertson of Sunland, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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