The Judging Panel
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.
Growing up in the bush in South Africa, Russell MacLaughlin has always had a passion for wildlife. Over the years he developed this love into a successful career, working as a videographer on a number of documentaries for National Geographic and Animal Planet.
James is an award-winning, photographer and conservationist who enables his audience to connect with the people, places and wildlife shown in his work. Aside from being involved in conservation projects, James is also an experienced guide.
Director - Wildlife ACT
Growing up in rural Africa, Jo has always had a vested interest in protecting wild animals and their environment. His passion translated into his job and Jo’s association aids the conservation of several endangered species, such as the African Wild Dog and black rhinoceros.
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.
FOUNDER, RHINO AFRICA
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.
Being introduced to the bush early on in her childhood instilled Nicole with a passion and love for nature and travel. She now shares this love of the outdoors through her acclaimed blog and various social media platforms which focus on travel, adventure and nature.
Chief Sales Officer - Wilderness Safaris
Dave Bennett has been involved in the tourism industry for over 30 years. Having grown up in Africa, Dave is concerned with the protection of Africa’s wilderness and the wildlife that inhabit it. As a trained guide and safari enthusiast, Dave is passionate about sustainable tourism through Africa.
2017 Africa's Photographer of the Year winner
Clement Kiragu is a photographer and travel enthusiast. After the purchase of his first camera in 2012, he has taken every available opportunity to photograph the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of Africa. His winning photo was a striking shot of cheetahs taking down a wildebeest in the plains of the Masai Mara.