The Judging Panel

Ryan Rapaport

Creative Director

Ryan is the Creative Director of Rhino Africa, an award-winning photographer and an extensive African traveller. Ryan is responsible for all content of the Rhino Africa brand. He is passionate about photography, videography, African wildlife, and sunset gins.


Shannon Wild


Shannon Wild is an Australian wildlife photographer based in Africa. Shannon holds photographic safaris and workshops globally and is an ambassador for organisations such as WildAid, Wild Tomorrow Fund, and The Perfect World Foundation.


Will Burrard-Lucas


UK wildlife photographer and innovator Will Burrard-Lucas is the founder of Camtraptions, a company that helps photographers capture wildlife in new ways, and, a website that offers resources, services and products for wildlife photographers.

Ryan Jack

Head Ranger - Royal Malewane

Ryan Jack is passionate about wildlife and birding. Currently based in the Greater Kruger National Park, Ryan is Royal Malewane’s head ranger. He will be judging in collaboration with the Royal Malewane guiding team, the most qualified guiding team in Africa.


Dale Forbes

Swarovski Optik

Dale grew up in the forests and savannas of South Africa, developing a love for nature from a young age. After working in conservation biology in Costa Rica and Honduras, he moved to Austria, joining Swarovski Optik. Dale is an avid birder and is passionate about conservation. 

David Ryan


David is a brave and pioneering entrepreneur with a true passion for Africa - especially Africa’s wildlife. With his African Grey parrot by his side, there is more than a hint of the Dolittles about Rhino Africa’s intrepid leader. His interests include photography and, of course, travel.

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 South Africa to the Serengeti and Madagascar to the Maasai Mara, Rhino Africa specialises in sending travellers to see the extraordinary sights of Africa. Whether you’d like to see the Great Migration or go on a beach vacation, Rhino Africa can ensure your dream trip becomes a reality. Rhino Africa brings over 15,000 people to Africa a year, which allows us to passionately support the causes we care about, conservation and rural education, and for our travellers to leave a lasting legacy in Africa.

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