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.


Russell MacLaughlin


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 Suter


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.

Jo Maree

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 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.

Nicole Eddy

Travel Photographer

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.


Dave Bennett

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.

Clement Kiragu

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.

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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