The annual award, launched by the Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in 2021, is named after the late Tanzanian president
An image of a pensive gorilla with fiery orange eyes has won the top prize at the 2022 Benjamin Mkapa Africa Wildlife Photography Awards.
Taken by US-based photographer Michelle Kranz, the photo was awarded for capturing the gorilla’s emotion during a ceremony at the Nairobi National Museum in the Kenyan capital.
The annual award, launched by the Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in 2021, is named after the late Tanzanian president, who devoted much of his time to education, conservation in Africa and was a board member of AWF. Its aim is not only to highlight the work of photographers, but also to raise awareness of African wildlife worldwide.
“We hope to ‘travel’ Africa to the world and bring African heritage to the rest of Africa,” said Kaddu Sebunya, AWF chief executive.
He added that he was impressed by the fact that entries to the competition have grown, with almost 10,000 entries from around 60 countries.
Photos that stood out in the competition:
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