Announcing the First Winners in the Africa’s Photographer of the Year Competition

Announcing the First Winners in the Africa’s Photographer of the Year Competition

April 2017 - The first category winner in Africa’s Photographer of the Year, the year-long photography competition run by Rhino Africa, has been announced. The first category in the competition was “Cape Town” and ran from January to March 2017. Over 4,000 entries were received from around the world but it was Alex Hill’s unique photograph of a sunset on Signal Hill that ultimately won over the judges. Alex Hill wins a pair of exceptional Swarovski CL Pocket 8x25 binoculars from the official competition partner Swarovski and goes into the final draw for the grand prize, an incredible, one-of-a-kind safari for two valued at $25,000. 


©Alex Hill


Alex Hill, a semi-retired graphic designer and photographer residing in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, told us about his photo, “It was taken right at sunset on Signal Hill in September 2015. The clouds, warm tones, and rolling clouds off Table Mountain were picture perfect so I played an insignificant role in its ultimate capture. The final image is an exposure blended from three bracketed images using luminosity masks in Photoshop. Final touches in Light Room CC.”  


“The number and diversity of entries we received was astonishing,” Rhino Africa’s Creative Director and competition judge, Ryan Rapaport, said. “Entries came in from all over the world of all parts of Cape Town and its surrounds. The standard of the photos was amazingly high too and the entrants were a good mix of amateurs and professionals. It’s fantastic to see the response and amazing photos that have been sent in. After the success of this first category, we can’t wait to see the competition develop even further and become the biggest Africa-based photo competition in the world,” Rapaport said.


A new category is open and entries are pouring in for “The Big 5.” This category, the second of four, will be open from April to June. The winners will be chosen by our judging panel, which is made up of six world-leading wildlife photographers and industry experts such as Shannon Wild, Will Burrard-Lucas and Ryan Jack. They will select the quarterly winners as well as the 20 finalists for the grand prize, which will be decided by the public. The luxurious grand prize consists of four days in The Silo Hotel in Cape Town, followed by three days in Royal Malewane in the Kruger National Park, and is topped off with three days at Royal Chundu near Victoria Falls. The quarterly winners will each win compact Swarovski CL Pocket 8x25 binoculars that are foldable compact binoculars of exceptional optical quality. They offer optimum viewing comfort, even during long observation periods, and are easy to use. Entries can be uploaded on the website and will go into the draw for the grand prize. To find out more, go to


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