The Youth International Winner is "Mountain Gorilla," above, shot by Zander Galli, 15, of Miami. Galli took the photo in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. In 2018, AWF donated land to the government in Rwanda to increase habitat for gorillas next to the park. As ape populations have increased, tourism has helped give financial support to local residents.
“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.”
AWF首席执行官Kaddu Sebunya在肯尼亚内罗毕的仪式上发表周年庆典并宣布摄影比赛获奖者。Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards, AWF is committed to finding, helping, and amplifying the authentic African voices advocating against the destruction of Africa’s natural wildlife heritage. We are dedicated to defining and refining Africa’s agendas for conservation and development, and to represent these voices—trumpet these voices loudly—around the world.”
The winning photos will be on display at the Nairobi National Museum through mid-January 2022 and will be featured in a traveling exhibition through Africa, North America, Asia, and Europe.
Grand Prize Winner
The grand prize winner is “Utopia," agelada primateand baby photographed in the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia, by Riccardo Marchegiani of Ancona, Italy. Marchegiani describes his winning image:
“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-feet) 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.”
Coexistence and Conflict Winner
“ Reteti Elephant Sanctuary的大象孤儿”
Orphan elephants at the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, Samburu, Kenya, made the perfect subjects for James Lewin of Nanyuki, Kenya.
“从Reteti一群孤儿,第一个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.”
Conservation Heroes Winner
A veterinarian and apangolin在莫桑比克Gorongosa国家公园为德国Mainz的Jen Guyton摆姿势。
African Wildlife at Risk Winner
Ingrid Vekemans of Wakkerzeel, Belgium, photographed these battling rhinos in the Solio Game Reserve, Mount Kenya, Kenya.
Fragile Wilderness Winner
“Waterfall and Baobab Tree”
Patience was key for Anette Mossbacher of Bergdietikon, Switzerland, as she waited for the perfect shot in Ruacana Falls, Namibia.
“到达纳米比亚北部边界的这个位置，我很幸运瀑布有水。侦察好角度拍摄baobabwith the falls flowing behind it, I climbed very steep cliffs while carrying my gear and tripod to this beautiful spot. My bloodied hands and knee and the three-hour wait in the heat for the best light were all worth it for this image.”
African Wildlife Portraits Winner
“African Savanna Elephants”
新墨西哥州阿尔伯克基的凯文·杜利（Kevin Dooley）在南非Madikwe Game Reserve拍摄了这些大象。
“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.”
African Wildlife Behavior Winner
“A Turbulent Swim”
悉尼的Buddhilini de Soyza在肯尼亚的Maasai Mara National Reserve越过一条咆哮的河流，看着猎豹。
“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.”
“Hand in Hand With Conservation”
Javier Lobón-Rovira of Madrid captured this image of a Doliot's bright-eyed frog in Madagascar.
“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.”
Art in Nature Winner
香港的保罗·麦肯齐（Paul McKenzie）在坦桑尼亚纳特隆湖（Lake Natron）拍摄了这张小小的火烈鸟的照片。湖区是数十万粉红色火烈鸟以及许多其他物种的关键繁殖地。
“从一架轻型飞机门移除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.”
Youth in Africa Winner
Cathan Moore, 17, of Hoedspruit, South Africa, photographed these wildebeest in the Timbavati Nature Reserve in 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.”