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Welcome to the 1st Annual Pangolin Photo Challenge!

Throughout the year we will be challenging you to get out and practice your wildlife photography skills. As wildlife photographers, we shouldn’t just wait until we go on a safari…we should be photographing nature wherever we are. This is your opportunity to join in the fun, improve your photography and support our conservation initiative at the same time.

The total photo safari prize fund for 2021 is $40,000!

There will be plenty of prizes up for grabs for the best images in each challenge, an overall portfolio prize, a people’s vote as well as a lucky draw prize, which you can win a safari, just for entering an image.

The challenges are going to adjudicated by some of the best wildlife photographers in the world. They will also be sharing exclusive content, advice and photo tips with you throughout the challenge.

To join the challenge all we ask is that you make a donation (the amount is entirely up to you) to our non-profit organisation, Pangolin.Africa, which is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the four African Pangolin species.

Watch the video below to see how The Pangolin Photo Challenge works.

The Pangolin Photo Challenge 2021 is judged by The Pangolin Photo Hosts and 30 top international wildlife photographers.
Are you ready to take The Pangolin Photo Challenge? Click here.
Birds of the world

Closes June 30th

Black and white

Closes August 31st

Closes October 31st

creative captures

Closes December 31st

Check out the gallery of entries
Take The Pangolin Photo Challenge
Meet the Challenge Judges
pangolin Body warmers

Every winner and runner up of a challenge will receive a limited editing Pangolin body warmer shipped right to your door – or available for collection in The Chobe!

These body warmers will be available to purchase in early 2022. If you would like to be notified when they are available please subscribe to the Friday Focus Newsletter by clicking here.

Pangolin Photo Challenge Details and Rules

4 x Challenge Winner Prizes 

The winner of each of the four challenges will win the following
Five days at The Pangolin Chobe Hotel for two people. Valued over $4000

  • 4 nights at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel (Full board)

  • Twice daily photo activities in The Chobe (Photo Boat and Game viewer)

  • All meals and drinks

  • Advice and assistance from The Pangolin Photo Hosts

  • Afternoon image review and editing sessions

  • Airport pick up and transfers from Kasane Airport

  • All park fees, bed levies and taxes

  • A limited edition Pangolin Body Warmer

4 x Challenge Runner-up Prizes 

  • Pangolin Photo Safaris Voucher for $2000 + A Pangolin Body Warmer

4 x People’s Vote Prizes (one per challenge)

  • Pangolin Photo Safaris Voucher for $1000 + A Pangolin Body Warmer

Winner of the Pangolin Photo Challenge 2021 Best Portfolio

10-day Chobe, Delta and Kalahari Safari for two people. Valued at $20,000

  • 3 nights on The Pangolin Voyager Houseboat

  • Charter flights courtesy of Mack Air and Safari Air

  • 3 nights at The Pangolin Photo Camp

  • 3 nights at Ker and Downey’s Dinaka

  • Accompanied by a Pangolin Photo Host throughout

  • All meals, drinks, park fees, bed levies and taxes

  • Limited edition Pangolin Body Warmer

1 Lucky Prize Draw – every image entered (max 4) is a ticket to the draw.

The winner of The Lucky Prize Draw wins
Five days at The Pangolin Chobe Hotel for two people. Valued over $4000

  • 4 nights at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel (Full board)

  • Twice daily photo activities in The Chobe (Photo Boat and Game viewer)

  • All meals and drinks

  • Advice and assistance from The Pangolin Photo Hosts

  • Afternoon image review and editing sessions

  • Airport pick up and transfers from Kasane Airport

  • All park fees, bed levies and taxes

  • A limited edition Pangolin Body Warmer

How the Pangolin Photo Challenge works

The Pangolin Photo Challenge is designed to help you keep your creative juices flowing and inspired throughout the year…and not just when you are on holiday.

The challenge is in four parts with the difficulty level increasing slightly as you progress through the challenge.

Is there an entry fee? 

To join in the challenge we don’t ask for an entry fee. Instead, we ask you to make a donation to our non-profit organisation Pangolin.Africa of whatever amount you can afford to make. All the proceeds of your donation will go directly to saving and protecting the four African pangolin species.

Who can enter?

The Challenge is open to everyone, from any country with the following 2 exceptions.

You may not be:

  • Employees of Pangolin Photo Safaris and their immediate relatives/household.
  • All Photo Safari Operators and Guides who make the use of Pangolin Photo Safaris properties and services.

How do the Challenges work?

Each challenge has a theme or subject which is explained in full on each of the relevant entry pages for that challenge. Once you have registered and made your donation your account will be live and you can enter your images into each of the challenges.

You can enter only one image into each category and the image must have been taken by you in 2021. You cant delve into the archives for the challenges. We want fresh images taken this year. We want to encourage you to get out and about and take new images to enter.

Each challenge has a closing date at different times of the year. For example Birds of the World will close first at the end of June and the last challenge, Creative Captures will close at the end of the year.

When each challenge closes the judge will take approximately 2 weeks to go through the images and select a winner and runner up for the challenge. 

How does the Grand Portfolio Prize work?

If you have entered all of the challenges throughout the year you will have a portfolio of four images – one from each of the challenges which will be submitted to the judges.

Only portfolios containing four images will be considered for this prize.

During the course of the year you are able to swap out images, for any of the challenges, if you feel you have taken a better image. The image will not be considered in retrospect for a challenge that has closed for judging but you can enter it as part of your portfolio for the grand prize at the end of the year.

For example, if you took a fantastic picture of a bird (for the Birds of the World challenge) in the local park but you had already entered another image a week earlier from your garden the older image with the newer better photo with the older one.

All submissions and the ability to swap out images will be closed on December 31st for final judging.

Who are the judges?

At Pangolin, we are lucky to work with some of the best wildlife photographers in the world. We have called in some favours and asked them to feature as guest judges alongside The Pangolin Photo Hosts.

For details of who the guest judges are then please click here.

The judges are also going to produce exclusive content for everyone who has entered the challenge by making a donation to Pangolin.Africa. This content will be distributed on a private video platform for you to enjoy and hopefully be inspired by.

We have chosen judges from all around the world who photograph a wide range of subject matter and they are very much at the top of their game!

How does the people’s vote work?

Throughout the year, you will be able to vote for your favourite images and encourage your friends and family to do the same. You are allowed one vote per person for each of the four challenges – so four votes in total. We would suggest spreading out your votes over the course of the year as images are submitted. You must register to vote (if you arent an entrant) so we can restrict the number of times people can vote but you do not have to make a donation to do so – although all donations to Pangolin.Africa is always welcome. The People’s Vote will close 7 days after the Challenge closes and 7 days before we announce the Challenge winner and runner up.

Where do the images have to be taken?

We know that travel this year is going to be a bit limited so we want you to get out (safely of course) and find subjects close to home. We know that elephants and leopards are exciting to photography but so are other local birds and mammals – especially when you get creative. Everyone is in the same boat this year and judging will be based on photographic skill and composition and not swayed by the subject matter.

Who can enter the Pangolin Photo Challenge?

The competition is open to all amateur AND professional photographers aged 18 or over from any country in the world with the following two exceptions.

  • Employees of Pangolin Photo Safaris and their immediate relatives/household.
  • All Photo Safari Operators and Guides who make the use of Pangolin Photo Safaris properties and services.

This Pangolin Photo Challenge 2021 is divided into four challenges – Birds of the World, Black and White, Mammal Behavior and Creative Captures.

One image will be allowed per entrant per challenge. You may enter the same image in different challenges but this will count against you if you are hoping to compete in the Grande Portfolio prize.

Image Submission

The Image submitted to the Pangolin Photo Challenge must adhere to the following conditions:

The submitted image must have been taken in 2021. The metadata of the file will be inspected to ensure qualification. The capture date will be published on the website along with the image. Please make sure when you export your image from your editing programme of choice that you select to include the Meta (aka Exif) data with the image. This contains your settings for the display.

All images should be a faithful representation of the original scene in the natural world. The subject should be wild and not captive. The scene should not be staged for photography. Composite images will not be allowed (except for night photography images). Post-production adjustments can be used but excessive use will count against the image’s overall standing with the judges.

The judges may request the original image file for review when the shortlist has been completed. This will precede their judgement and declaration of the challenges and portfolio winners and runners up.

Please note. An image that has previously won a national or international nature photography competition prior to The Pangolin Photo Challenge will NOT be considered. If chosen as a winning image and later found to be in contravention of this rule it will be disqualified.

The judges reserve the right to refuse photos that they deem unsuitable at their discretion. The image must be the sole property of the submitter and have no third-party publishing rights/restriction attached to them.

The image must have been taken by the submitter. Your images must be submitted as jpeg files without a watermark. The platform that we use will place a standard watermark on your image to protect it and also allow for the image to be judged anonymously.

The judging process is conducted blindly so all watermarked images will be rejected. Once the winners have been selected competition organisers will delete all the submitted images from their servers or cloud-based storage.

The owners of the winning images give permission for their image to be used for the purposes of promoting the Pangolin Photo Challenge. All entrants give permission to Pangolin Photo Safaris to display their image on the Pangolin Photo Safaris website and social media channels.

The winners also agree, should they deem fit, to allow Pangolin to display their credited image in the gallery of The Pangolin Chobe Hotel

Baiting

No images that have used live or dead bait when capturing the image will be allowed in this photo competition. If the judges suspect that a subject has been coerced, baited or harassed the image will be disqualified from the competition.

To clarify we do not consider photographing a bird or mammal drinking or bathing in a permanent water source (waterhole, man-made lake/reservoir, garden pond or birdbath) to be a baiting scenario. If the body of water has been stocked with fish for example for the purposes of capturing images of birds fishing we would consider this to be baiting. This includes hides where fish are replenished regularly rather than a natural breeding ground for the fish. If you are not sure then please email us at marketing@pangolinphoto.com with information on the scenario in question and we can make a judgement call.

Agreement or participation

By entering an image into this photo competition you agree to and are bound by the rules set out above. Entrants agree to have their names added to the Pangolin Photo Safaris email newsletter database. This will be the primary method of communication and updates.

Judges

The judging of The Pangolin Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be carried out by The Pangolin Photo Hosts and Directors as well as guest judges selected for their skill and expertise in the field of wildlife and landscape photography. The judges’ decision is final, binding and non-negotiable.
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Can I enter more than one image?

You may enter and replace each image for each challenge as often as you like. The idea of the challenge is to keep you photographing throughout the year. Therefore, if you take an image that you believe is better than the image previously submitted you can swap it out.

Pay close attention to the closing dates of each challenge as images submitted after the closing date will not be considered for that particular challenge. They will be considered in the portfolio prize at the end, however.

How old can the image be?

The image must have been taken by you in 2021. We don’t want images taken before January 1st 2021. New images only.

What format should my image be in?

We have had to set a file size limit to 10Mb as we have to upload all the images and make them downloadable by the photo hosts in Botswana – where the internet access is not very robust. The file type should be jpeg.

Why can’t I submit images with my watermark?

The judges of the photo challenge are the Pangolin Photo Hosts based in Botswana, along with our guest judges and to be fair to all entrants they will be judged blind.

What will happen to my images after the contest ends?

As soon as the competition ends, we will then delete all the images that were submitted.

Can I enter if I am a professional wildlife photographer?

Professional photographers can enter with the following two exceptions.

  • Employees of Pangolin Photo Safaris and their immediate relatives/household.
  • All Photo Safari Operators and Guides who make the use of Pangolin Photo Safaris properties and services.

Due diligence will be performed if deemed necessary. The decision to allow or disallow the image resulting in this investigation will be for the directors of Pangolin Photo Safaris to make. This decision will be final and binding. Negotiations or discussions will not be entered into. If an image wins a challenge (or the portfolio prize) and it is later discovered that the photographer is deemed to be in contravention of the rules then the prize will instead be awarded to the runner up in the same challenge. The judge’s decision is final.

I can’t upload my image. Can you help?

If you are struggling to upload your image or enter the competition please email marketing@pangolinphoto.com and we will assist where we can.

What if I am not able to travel before the safaris and vouchers expire.

All of the safaris and photo safari vouchers must be redeemed for travel before the 1st of June 2023. if you are not able to travel then the safaris and the vouchers will be forfeited. The winners of the safaris and vouchers must travel themselves. The safaris and the vouchers cannot be resold.

Will you be showing all the images in one place?

Yes. The system we are using allows all the images to be viewed again after they have been entered. They are also searchable by the name of the photographer. In addition to that, the system also displays the settings used by the photographer to help you better understand how the image was taken.

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