Iziko is proud to be a partner in bringing the acclaimed Nature’s Best Photography Awards and Exhibition to Africa. In the Iziko South African Museum we place a major focus on featuring Africa’s spectacular biodiversity and, increasingly, the medium of photography has become one of the most effective ways of doing this.
Every minute, thousands of amateur and professional photographers in Africa are taking thousands of images of wildlife and environments – the Nature’s Best Photography Africa competition enables us to distill this vivid collection of images to identify and display the very best at the Iziko South African Museum – we want to show those that evoke an emotional reaction when viewed because of their beauty and the stories they tell.
Nature’s Best Photography originated in the United States with ambitious goals to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography and to use this vivid medium as a creative tool for encouraging greater public interest and involvement in outdoor enjoyment and conservation. An robust Awards program evolved from this mission to become one of the most highly-respected nature photography competitions in the world and now run in exhibition partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
Nature’s Best Photography Africa is a new extension of this globally recognised program, bringing special attention to the spectacular diversity of Africa’s flora and fauna. Join us on this photographic journey into wild Africa. Selected images will be featured in publications, museum exhibitions, and online presentations.
Jeremy and Emma Borg founded the Painted Wolf Wine Company in 2007. They have an intense love of African wildlife and wild spaces having lived and worked in a safari camp in the wilds of the African bush in Northern Botswana. Their aim was to create a wine brand that is thought-provoking, fun, produces a high quality product, and makes a real and sustainable contribution to conservation.
The company’s focus is to produce carefully hand-crafted, distinctive wines whilst actively supporting the conservation of the highly endangered African wild dog or ‘Painted Wolf’. This is achieved by contributing a percentage of the company revenue each year to respected organizations such as the Tusk Trust. www.tusk.org
With only 450 wild dogs remaining in South Africa, and 4500 in the whole of Africa, they are Africa’s most endangered large mammal. Habitat loss and persecution have driven the dogs into isolated pockets of land. Painted Wolf Wines is dedicated to help prevent the steady slide of the Painted Wolf into extinction. The company took inspiration from the pack dynamics of the Painted Wolf and works along similar lines, drawing together a diverse group of talented individuals who come together to advise, engage with or contribute to the company.
The Painted Wolf Wine Company vinifies organic and sustainably farmed grapes, sourced in part from three vineyard owners in the ‘pack’. The vineyards are located in different regions, each with distinct geography and climate which results in a diverse palate of fruit from which to craft wines. Wine making is on a relatively small scale and is traditionally made, backed by rigorous quality control.
A growing number of local and international accolades for the wines have been received: Three wines have recently received recommended awards from Decanter magazine. In 2014, the Peloton Rouge 2009 was rated top wine at the ABSA Cape Blend competition and the top non Bordeaux blend from South Africa by Australia’sWinestate magazine. Six medals were won at the 2014 International Wine Challenge. Guillermo Pinotage 2010 scored 90 or more points from 3 US journalists and was selected in the top 100 wines of 2013 by the Wine Enthusiast Magazine USA and the 2009 vintage was an ABSA Top 10 Pinotage winner. The Black Pack Roussanne 2011 won the Classic Wine trophy 2012 for the top rated wine from an unusual grape variety, whilst the 2012 vintage was also rated highly by Winestate Magazine.
The Painted Wolf Wine Company is excited to be the exclusive wine partner of the premier annual competition of“Natures Best Photography Africa”. With a photographer as one of the founding members (Emma) and an ongoing commitment to celebrating and supporting conservation, supporting the beauty of Africa’s fauna, flora and wild places through this competition was an easy decision to make.
Since its inception CNP Safaris was visualized and built on innovation. The world’s first 360-degree revolving photographic chairs first seen in our photographic boats on the Chobe River forever revolutionized the way wildlife photographers bagged those once in a lifetime moments.
This unique innovation allowed us and other photographers operating from the CNP boats and later the CNP vehicles to capture wildlife behavior, action and inter-action images way beyond comprehension.
As pioneers in African nature photography, it was only natural that we would get involved in setting up the most comprehensive, internationally recognized photographic competition focused on the African continent. We are immensely proud of our association with Natures Best Photography and all our other partners and we are looking forward to contribute in building Natures Best Photography Africa into the premier photographic competition recognized globally as the home of nature photography excellence.
Kizo Art Consultants is a Section 21 non for profit entity that has and continues to make an important contribution to the South African arts, culture and heritage sectors.
Kizo is proud to be associated with “Natures Best Photography Africa” and to have been appointed to project manage the launch, exhibition and marketing functions.