‘Nature’s Best Photography Africa’ Winners Announcement
“The Iziko South African Museum’s narrative is geared toward engendering an understanding of our environment, and encourages new ways of using and seeing the world we live in. The partnership with Nature’s Best Photography Africa and its resultant exhibition directly aligns with the core mandate of Iziko Museums of South Africa. The medium of photography has become one of the most effective ways of conveying and depicting both nature’s abundance and vulnerability,” said Ms Rooksana Omar, CEO of Iziko.
South African photographer, Brendon Cremer, was awarded the title of “Photographer of the Year” for his images: Head to Head; The Dash to Water; The Face in the Moon; Swimming to Safety; Surfing Seal; Clash of the Beasts; Chasing Tails; African Kaleidoscope; Copulating Lapwings, and King of the Rock.
Fellow South African, Geo Cloete, won “Photograph of the Year” for his entry, Tentacle Tornado. The “Youth” award was won by Pradyuman Samant from India for Silhouette Cheetah. A full list of all the winners and categories can be found on http://www.iziko.org.za.
The expert panel consisted of local and international judges, who considered over 7,000 images to select the winners. The winners competed for prizes made up of photographic safaris to some of Africa’s richest wildlife regions, with a combined value in excess of R1 million. This is the largest prize value of any nature photography competition in the world!
The competition consists of 13 categories: African Landscapes, Wild Cats of Africa Behavioural, Wild Cats of Africa Portraits, Birds of Africa Behavioural, Birds of Africa Portraits, Mammals of Africa behavioural, Mammals of Africa Portraits, Reptiles and Amphibians of Africa, Africa Up Close, Africa at Sea, Art in African Wildlife, Africa in Black and White, and the Youth Award.
In addition, photographic safaris have been awarded to allow gifted photographers the opportunity to visit destinations in Africa where they will be able to create more breathtakingly beautiful images.
Adult prize winners of the competition were awarded specialist photographic safaris sponsored by the &Beyond Group, Chobe Safari Lodge and CNP Safaris. These awards will take the winners to the Chobe in Botswana, Masai Mara in Kenya, or to the Serengeti in Tanzania for a photographic journey of discovery.
NBP Africa is registered as a South African non-profit entity which has established this valuable platform for the promotion of photography, conservation and the continent of Africa, to a massive global audience. NBP Africa, Iziko Museums of South Africa, the Da Vinci Institute, and Nikon, have been working together over the past few years to promote photographic excellence, attract new audiences to photography, and to foster an appreciation for conservation of our natural resources. NGO partners include the African Wildlife Foundation and A Spring of Hope for community benefit and empowerment.
Coordinated by NBP Africa, in association with Iziko Museums of South Africa and NBP Global, the competition continues to attract valuable support from respected industry partners. Nikon South Africa has been appointed as the official and exclusive camera partner to NBP Africa. This prestigious competition has attracted many sponsors, including Epson as the print sponsor, and Paarl Media, which coordinates the printing of a superior quality catalogue to document and accompany the exhibition. Painted Wolf Wines provided the wine for the gala awards.Kingfisher is the courier partner.
Issued by: Kim Lindeboom, Communications Coordinator
Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 481 3874 Cell: 083 356 6043
On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa
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Biographies of Winners
Brendon Cremer (Photographer of the year)
Brendon was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where he was exposed to wildlife and the outdoors at an early age. During school holidays he worked in the Kariba area and the Matusadona National Park, where he was able to expand his knowledge of wildlife and nature.
After completing his schooling, he took up an apprenticeship in the Matusadona National Park where he studied all aspects of wildlife and the African bush. This included everything from plants to insects and mammals. Upon completion of his apprenticeship and becoming a professional guide, he worked for a company that conducted walking trails in the national park.
Tracking and stalking big game while learning about animal behaviour were part of his daily experiences. After spending several years as a guide in prominent Zimbabwe reserves such as Mana Pools, Lower Zambezi and Hwange National Park, as well as Zambia and Botswana, he finally settled in Victoria Falls. While in this area, he worked in the Kazangula along the Upper Zambezi and Chobe National Park, conducting big-game walking trails.
South Africa is his parents country of birth and he returned here following political turmoil in Zimbabwe.
Geo Cloete is a multi-talented artist, based in Cape Town.
He has an undying passion for the ocean, and photography has been burning inside him since an early age. After successfully completing a degree in Architecture and numerous scuba diving courses, he combined two his loves, and took up underwater photography.
Although only pursuing underwater photography relatively late in his life, he has made up for this late start through hard work, dedication and honing his natural artistic talent. He has won numerous prestigious national and international awards. His work has also been exhibited around the world, and earlier this year, Geo hosted his first solo exhibition.
The artistic style with which he captures the fascinating underwater world has acted as a wonderful catalyst to generate a greater awareness of the marine environment. In recognition of the contribution to create a greater awareness for marine conservation through his work, Geo was made a Mission Blue partner in 2016.
About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)
Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town. The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage. Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure. The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium). Visit our webpage at www.iziko.org.za, join our online community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.