Frequently-Asked-Questions

What are the categories for the competition?

There are 15 categories to choose from:

  • African Wildlife Photographer of the Year
    This is the premier award of Natures Best Photography Africa 2016. The portfolio must consist of 10 images that display the photographer’s technical and artistic brilliance. The winning portfolio will illustrate the photographer’s ability to tell the story of the continent’s wildlife. To win this category the photographer will have to convince the judges that he or she can portray African wildlife in a creative and versatile manner while maintaining the highest technical quality. The winning photographer will be on top of technical advances in photographic hardware and will be able to demonstrate how these advances has pushed the photographic envelope. This is a wildlife category and no photojournalistic images will be accepted.
  • African Landscapes
    Photographs in this category must portray the beauty, splendour and harshness of African plant life and landscapes. This is a nature category so city scenery should not be entered in this category.
  • Wild Cats of Africa Behavioural
    Numerous species of Africa’s wildcats are currently under threat due to a loss of habitat and the greed of man. Display the continent’s wildcats in all their splendour and struggle for survival through action and interaction. This is a wildlife category.
  • Wild Cats of Africa Portraits
    Images can be facial, full bodied or environmental. Action images of a single animal that depicts action and not necessary behaviour can be entered in the portrait categories. This is a wildlife category.
  • Birds of Africa Behavioural
    Tell the story of Africa’s magnificent naturally occurring bird heritage through action and interaction. This is a wildlife category.
  • Birds of Africa Portraits
    Images can be facial, full bodied or environmental. Action images of a single bird that depicts action and not necessary behaviour can be entered in the portrait categories. This is a wildlife category.
  • Mammals of Africa Behavioural
    Photographs depicted in this category must capture the beauty and diversity of Africa’s mammals through action and interaction, excluding wildcats and water-based mammals. This is a wildlife category.
  • Mammals of Africa Portraits
    Images can be facial, full bodied or environmental. Action images of a single animal that depicts action and not necessary behaviour can be entered in the portrait categories. This is a wildlife category.
  • Reptiles of Africa
    Show Africa’s reptiles, big and small living their lives. This is a wildlife category.
  • Africa at Sea
    The world of the sea photographed above below and around the ocean’s surface: tide pools, coral reefs, marine life and creatures that depend on Africa’s oceans for survival. This is a wildlife category.
  • Africa Up Close
    Images in this category must portray the micro world of Africa as reflected in its plant, insect life and miniature landscapes. This is a wildlife category.
  • Art in African Wildlife
    This is an authentic wildlife category. No digital manipulation is allowed. Interesting lines, textures, colour, perspective and cropping that takes the photograph to a next level should be entered. Behaviour, portrait and landscape images should be entered in the corresponding categories.
  • Black and White
    The images entered in this category may be of a subject relating to any of the other categories in the competition, but must be in black and white.
  • Youth Award (18 Years and under)
    This category will showcase the work of young wildlife and nature photographers at the age 18 years and younger. Photographers who turn 19 during the competition will still be eligible to enter this category.  Each individual image in a youth submission must fit within any of this contest’s nature and wildlife categories.
  • Wildlife Video
    High definition video has become an important tool in recording and sharing the wild. In addition to still captures, the editors at Nature’s Best Photography are looking for views of nature and outdoor experiences through the eyes of videographers and filmmakers. Tell us your story, share your favourite experience, include clips of you or others in the field and the wildlife behavior you have observed.

What format should my images be?

Images must be 8-bit jpg files in Adobe RGB (1998) colour profile, sized to 1920 pixels on the longest axis at 72DPI, and must not exceed 600Kb in file size. Images must not contain any frames or watermarks

How many photos can I submit?

Multiple entries are allowed. Each upload package has a maximum of 20 entries, and each contestant may purchase as many upload packages as they would like to.

Reference: http://www.naturesbestphotographyafrica.com/conditions-of-entry/

I have deleted a photo from my entries. How do I get my credit back?

Contact the Website Administrator at marcell@naturesbestphotographyafrica.com and provide the details of the image that you have removed and we will credit your upload profile.

Can I enter an image again that was entered in a previous NBPA competition?

Yes you may.  You may want to consider aspects of the image that may have lead to it not being considered previously (such as cropping, editing, etc) and improve on this before submitting the image again.

In how many different categories am I allowed to enter my photos?

You may enter as many images as you like in each category up to the amount of upload packages purchased.

Which email address do I send my photos to?

All photos are submitted online once you have registered on the website. Follow the link for instructions on how to submit your photos, or proceed to the registration page here.

How do I purchase an upload package if I do not want to pay with a credit card?

You have the following payment options to enter your photos – Credit card, Instant EFT, Bitcoin and Ukash.

Can I submit photos if they are not in RAW format?

You are welcome to enter your images as per instructions available on website, 8-Bit Jpeg, longest axis 1920 Pixels at 72dpi, and file size no more than 600Kb. If your entry should make it to the final round, we will be requesting the original, unedited image as shot in camera (RAW format) to verify its authenticity and that the image has been processed according to the rules of the competition.  If however you do not shoot in RAW and only have JPG files, you will be required to send a sequence of unedited JPG images of the same scene, to verify the entered image’s authenticity.

What can I win?

It is with pleasure that Nature’s Best Photography can announce that category winners will be rewarded with photographic safaris in Africa. The total value of the prizes will be in the region of R1 million,

Reference: http://www.naturesbestphotographyafrica.com/the-prizes/