Angama Mara is an owner-run safari lodge located high above the floor of Kenya’s Rift Valley in the Maasai Mara. The Angama Mara was founded on the deeply embedded principle of running a profitable business in order to make a meaningful and sustainable difference to the communities that neighbor the lodge, and the wildlife and land that surround it. They run the Angama Foundation, a separate entity which has been setup in order to affect these efforts. The Foundation plans to achieve this primarily through three fields of work: Education, Healthcare and Conservation, and projects are identified and prioritized together with the lodge’s neighboring communities, the Mara Conservancy, and NGO’s who have a track record of making an impact in the region. Mara Elephant Project is proud to announce our partnership with the Angama Foundation as one of these boots on the ground initiatives to receive their support. Angama Foundation believes that the Maasai Mara is the greatest game reserve in the world, and an unmatched all-year round safari destination. MEP believes the Mara ecosystem is worth conserving by protecting its most precious asset, elephants.
So, to start 2018 with this message in mind, the Angama Foundation is launching an open photographic competition, “The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year.” The purpose of this photography competition is to raise funds for boots on the ground conservation initiatives operating in the Mara and Mara Elephant Project has been selected as one of five appointed conservation partners who will receive a portion of the entry fee.
The competition will open on January 1, 2018 and close October 31, 2018 and is judged by a trio of international professionals, Art Wolfe, Federico Veronesi and Adam Bannister.
Each entry will carry a submission fee of $20, which will be donated in full to either the Angama Foundation or the nominated conservation partner, like Mara Elephant Project, whom the entrant has chosen to support.
“MEP’s appointment is in recognition of their conservation work in the Maasai Mara, and their track record of success which is clearly visible to all.” Steve Mitchell, Co-Founder Angama Mara
The Photographer of the Year winner will receive $10,000 and a 5-night safari at the Angama Mara. If you had an excellent guide in the Mara that contributed to your photographic excellence then they will win a brand-new Suzuki Maruti Gypsy.
The Angama Foundation remains committed to MEP as a partner in the conservation and protection of the Maasai Mara and its wildlife, and we hope to use this platform to advance the exposure of MEP’s important mission.