Tourism Update’s Pic(s) of the Week goes to the top 10 finalists of The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year 2019.
The competition, held every year, is open to photographers of all skill levels, and aspiring amateurs and young photographers are all encouraged to enter.
All entries must have been taken within the last 12 months before the date of entry to the competition, and within the Maasai Mara, including the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Triangle and the Mara Conservancies.
The five judges of the competition were Art Wolfe, Federico Veronesi, Michael Poliza, Nisha Purushothaman and Adam Bannister.
India Bulkeley’s image titled ‘The Artist’ depicts a cheetah flicking her tail in the Maasai Mara. The photo was taken at Naibor Camp in Kenya.
Gurcharan Roopra’s photo of five, balanced giraffes that were “practically posing for the camera” was taken at Mara Intrepids Tented Camp in Kenya and titled ‘Balance’.
The third photograph shows. Trai Afield’s male lion waking up and shaking the afternoon raindrops from his mane, causing a tiny storm around him is aptly titled ‘Microclimate’. The photo was taken at Serian The Original in Kenya.
A ‘Hidden Treasure’ was found with Graham Wood’s photograph of a cheetah glowing in the golden light, taken at Naboisho Camp in Kenya.
Sushil Chauhan’s capture of a powerful male leopard taking full advantage of a zebra crossing in Kenya, is a true depiction of a brief battle between predator and prey and is appropriately titled ‘Spots vs Stripes’.
Tourism Update reported earlier that the winning photograph of The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year 2019 is Lee-Ann Robertson’s dramatic image showing the ‘Juxtaposition’ of life and death. The photo was taken at Zebra Plains Mara Camp in Kenya.
Anna Anthony’s ‘Dusty Duo’ celebrates the childlike delight with which two cheetah siblings’ play-fight on the dusty plains of Kicheche Busch Camp in Kenya.
‘Giraffe on Sunset’ shows James Kaani Nampaso’s image of a giraffe’s journey along the horizon at Kicheche Bush Camp in Kenya.
Flying through the air, the photograph entitled ‘The Flying Hunt’ shows a cheetah dashing to capture a pregnant impala. Photographer Deepak Shankar explains that the impala hit a safari vehicle and the cheetah and her three cubs made a good meal out of it.
The last photograph humorously depicts a hyena popping his head out of a dead giraffe’s stomach, with hungry vultures surrounding the kill. The photograph titled Scavengers Den was taken by Nitin Michael at Matira Bush Camp in Kenya.