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Kgalagadi Wildlife Photo Competition

Send your images to joe@fineartphoto.co.za or simply post it on our facebook page "Kgalagadi Photography".

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Entries Opened: 1 November 2021

Closing date: 30 August 2022

Prize giving event: ( exact dates to be announced later) October 2022 at the Kgalagadi Lodge

What does the competition entail?
  • The 2022 Wildlife photographic Competition are sponsored by Kgalagadi photography (web and facebook ) and the Kgalagadi Lodge and Joe's camera YouTube channel 

  • You can enter from any genre of photography for example, macro, astro, landscape, wildlife etc. for professional and novice photographers and we invite one and all to submit your best photos capturing and interpreting Kgalagadi wildlife, plants, people or landscapes.

  • This competition launches the annual photographic celebration of the creative and unique diversity of the magical Kgalagadi and is limited to locations in, or immediately surrounding the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

  • Entering the competition is simple and social media based. All entries are posted on the Kgalagadi Photography Facebook page under your own name with your contact details and should include a title, some information on how and where you took the image and any other information you feel might be relevant to your photograph.

  • The competition are covered throughout the year and Monthly videos are produced of the selection process with critique in the form of coaching on Joe's Camera on YouTube.

Rules of the competition


  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age. Prove will be required that entrants are duly authorized to participate in the competition. The Junior category from 18 down

  • All submissions must be the photographer’s own work and he/she must be able to supply RAW or original files when requested.

  • No submissions on behalf of someone else are permitted.

  • All required caption, personal and technical information must be supplied by the photographer on the requested platform and any further verification where and when required by the organizers.

  • Photographers must obtain all and any permission necessary and where required in their private capacity to photograph any subject matter, be it human or animal, before entering the competition.

  • Kgalagadi lodge and KgalagadiPhotography.com or any of its associates, members, owners or sponsors will bear no legal responsibility for images published in any media, print or social. Failure to obtain permission which might hamper the flow of the competition might lead to immediate disqualification.

  • The organizers do not retain copyright to your photographs outside of the Kgalagadi lodge structure (Kgalagadi monthly feature, social media posts, and advertisements.) Your photograph be credited with your details when and wherever featured.

  • Monthly finalist winners will be announced and featured on the Kgalagadi Photography.com social media pages.  


  • If your image has won, or placed, in any previous photographic competition, information thereof must be declared upon entry. Similarly, images that have been published, either in print or online, must be accompanied by a declaration (please include details of publication and date). Judges reserve the right to exclude any images deemed to have been used or appeared in public extensively.

  • If your image is chosen for publication by another entity after having been selected as a finalist in this competition, please notify the Kgalagadi Lodge /Kgalagadi Photography.com Team immediately.

  • You may not enter the same image into the competition more than once.

  • Photographers can enter a maximum of 5 images per month for the duration of the competition.

Subject matter

  • Only subject matter taken in and around the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park territory and immediate surroundings are eligible for entry.

  • Harassment of both people and animals or destruction of the environment in pursuit of an image will not be tolerated.

  • Images will be rejected should there be any baiting and/or manipulation of animal behavior to the advantage of the photographer. Animals must be free-roaming and not held in captive or restrictive environments, even for rehabilitation purposes.

  • Images taken from hides will be accepted. 

Image editing

  • Artistic interpretations are allowed to be entered but images must accurately and realistically represent the natural world and specifically the Kgalagadi. We will request the original RAW or JPEG file if any queries arise.

Terms and conditions

  1. Prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternatives are available.

  2. Prizes are only deliverable to South African postal addresses where applicable.

  3. Winner must have valid travel documents (passport, required visas and relevant health certificates) and insurance where applicable.

  4. The closing date for entries is 31 August 2022. The judges cannot accept responsibility for late entries.

  5. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  6. All entrants’ information will be used only in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

  7. Multiple winners may be subject to a tie-break to decide an outright winner.

  8. Kgalagadi Lodge may re-allot prizes if we are unable to contact selected winners. Please ensure that you provide the correct contact details.

  9. Prizes not claimed within three months will be forfeited.

  10. Any deviation from the rules and/or attempt to manipulate the outcome of the prize will result in disqualification.

  11. The winner’s details and winning photograph may be released, performed or displayed to the public by Kgalagadi Lodge /Kgalagadi Photography.com or the sponsors of this prize. The winner’s details will be credited alongside the photograph wherever featured.

  12. By entering into this competition it is deemed that you have read and understood these rules.

  13. The organizers reserve the right to not award any prizes if the standard of images entered is not of a suitable standard and fit for purpose or display.


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Prizes for Kgalagadi Wildlife Photo Competition 2022

  1.  First six finalists and their partners win a special inclusive weekend function, accommodation and food sponsored by Kgalagadi lodge . At the event the winner out of the 6 will be announced.

  2. The winner will receive; R13000 cash, 4 nights accommodation for a couple by Kgalagadi lodge . A Enlargement of the winning image to be displayed on the winning wall in the Black Mane restaurant at the lodge until the new image of the following year has been announced.

  3. Second place will receive the prize winning weekend inclusive of food as well as R1500 cash and two nights additional accommodation at the lodge and a Black Mane butcher box.

  4. Third place will receive the prize giving weekend accommodation and food as well as R500 cash and additional evening accommodation at the lodge.

  5. Further The top 3 photographers will be provided an unique opportunity to place their image of A3 size on the shelve at lodge gallery and offer it for sale.

  6. The winner of the junior category will receive two nights accommodation at the lodge.

  7. The winner of the best male lion image will receive a meal for two sponsored by Black Mane restaurant at the lodge.

  8. Winner of a extra categories ( to be determined during judging) will include amongst others three days use of a Oryx sponsored 4x4 vehicle for a category, a two day photographic guide in the kalahari gemsbok park and wine,

  9. Note that a category winner does not automatically go through as the overall final six. Category winners will only apply if images are strong enough to be awarded a prize.

Note: All prizes are at judges discretion will be final and where images are not strong enough for a prize a prize will not be awarded. 

All entrants agree that the images entered can be used by the owners of Kgalagadi photography, Joes Camera and Kgalagadi Lodge, but with specific credits given to photographers.

Prize giving: At the Kgalagadi Lodge

Dates: (exact dates to be announced) October 2022

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