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Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about entering the competition or what types of images we are looking for? Here we answer everything you need to know about Africa's Photographer of the Year in one easy place.

The competition runs from 4 January 2021 to 10 December 2021 and entries received after this date will not be accepted.

The competition is open to entrants worldwide over the age of 18 years, except employees of Rhino Africa and the photography competition’s partners.  

The Grand Prize winner will receive an African safari experience for two people valued at $40,000. Quarterly Prize winners will receive a pair of Swarovski binoculars.

Entrants can submit one image per day.

Entrants are only able to enter for the current quarter. Once the Quarterly winners are announced, the following category will be open for submissions.

The judges decision is final and no correspondence pertaining to the selection process and decision will be entertained. Each image will be evaluated on artistic/visual appeal, extent to which the photograph captures the essence of the category, originality and creativity. 

Entrants may enter photographs for all four categories.

Submitted photographs should be in JPEG format and at least 1900 pixels wide for a horizontal image and 1,900 pixels tall for a vertical image.

Digital manipulation that distorts the reality of the images will not be allowed. Only basic enhancements such as sharpening, contrast adjustment, or simple cropping will be allowed.

Quarterly winners and runner ups will be announced at the end of each quarter. The Grand Prize winner will be announced in January 2022. All winners will be notified via email.  

Each photograph submitted must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant who must also be the copyright owner.

There is no entry fee for Africa’s Photographer of the Year.

Please see the terms and conditions for submitting photographs. Entrants must ensure that their photograph adheres to the necessary upload specifications.   

Yes. Submissions that have made it through the approval process will appear on Africa’s Photographer of the Year’s website under Current Entries and the Gallery within 24 working hours. Photographs may be used by Africa’s Photographer of the Year partners both online and offline.

Entrants should include their name, the destinations where the photograph was taken and a caption explaining the photograph.

Submissions go through a pre-judging phase, where the top images will be featured in the gallery. A jury panel will select the Quarterly winners and runner ups from the images featured in the gallery. These winners and runner ups will automatically advance to the Grand Prize category. The Grand Prize winner will be selected by most popular vote.

Entrants may submit their questions and feedback to


Quarterly winners, runner ups and the Grand Prize winner will be notified via email. They will also be featured in a quarterly newsletter and announced on Africa’s Photographer of the Year’s website and Rhino Africa’s social media channels.

Submitted photographs may not carry a watermark in the 2021 competition.

Photographs from both digital and analogue cameras will be allowed.

Yes, black and white photographs can be submitted.

Photographer of the Year partners have non-exclusive rights to all photograph submissions and we retain the ability to publish these images for commercial purposes.  

Yes, if your photograph is selected we may ask for this.

Yes, cellphone camera submissions are allowed, but please be aware that they may be rejected, due to low quality. 

About Rhino Africa

Rhino Africa is Africa’s leading safari company and four-time World Travel Award winner. Founded in Cape Town in 2004, Rhino Africa is the ultimate African travel experts with the incomparable knowledge and experience to ensure that your tailor-made African holiday is the best you'll ever have.

What we do

From Southern Africa to the Serengeti, and Madagascar to the Masai Mara - Rhino Africa allows you to discover the corners of the continent in a sustainable way. Every year more than 15,000 people come to us and allow our expert consultants to use their knowledge and experience to design them a bespoke itinerary. Our core business enables us to engage in areas of nature conservation, animal welfare and rural education in Africa. Each guest travelling with us therefore forms part of a larger project which aims to leave behind a positive footprint in the lands of Africa.

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Our partners

A massive thank you to the leading brands who have made this competition possible.