Introducing our 2022/2023 Photography Competition

Posted by Matt Sterne on 13 July 2022

For the new season of our legendary Getaway photography competition, we’re shaking things up a bit. Not to rock the boat, but to stimulate photography’s growth. While we’re still rewarding the very best pictures with incredible prizes, we’ll also be acknowledging creativity in a handful of genre categories. 

As always, we’ll continue to promote the finest wildlife shots in Africa, acting as a platform for the pool of immensely talented photographers who’ve been contributing to our competition for decades. Wildlife will continue to be a focus but we want to share this platform with other photographers, too, and create a space for up-and-coming snappers to share their shots. 

Runner-up in last year’s competition, Hesté de Beer – ‘Trapped in the Mara River’

Pick Your Genre
Going forward, when you enter your pictures, we encourage you to select a category for which you’d like your image to be considered for additional acknowledgement – the choice of category will not affect the selection of the overall Big Prize winner.

Anything from feathers to fangs, our Getaway readers have been producing world-class wildlife images for more than 30 years. 

Drone and Landscape Photography
With drone photography continuing to grow and the quality of landscape photography in South Africa particularly impressive, this will be the place to see what bangers the local talent is capturing. 

People and Culture
Documentary photography is a challenging prospect but vital in telling important stories. What story do you want to tell?

Street Photography
We’re looking for grungy, urban expressions of street scenes – hit the tar and show us what you capture. 

Travel and Destination
Have you been to some distant shores with a camera in hand? Have you travelled to Mongolia in winter, Ireland in summer or Paternoster in spring? If you haven’t travelled afar, don’t be deterred, we’re more interested in the image than the location. 

Little Vumbura with Wilderness Safaris

Emerging Talent
In a separate category altogether, we will also be looking for up-and-coming photographers, from complete newbies and novices to folks who have an eye for it, but never thought to give it their best shot. If you’re new to this game, you might want to let us know that you’d like to be considered for this prize, too.

We welcome you to encourage children, students, eager-to-learn first-timers, keen-to-grow amateurs and any budding photographers they meet, to send in their pictures. This is more “phone” than “fancy-equipment” photography and about identifying new talent and those with a good eye for captivating images. 

The Prizes
We’ve partnered with ORMS, a highly respected Cape Town-based dealer in photographic equipment, and African travel experts Wilderness Safaris to bring you a range of quality prizes. 

The grand prize winner will receive a Canon EOS R7 Mirrorless Camera Body with EF to R Mount Adapter + a Canon RF 100-500mm Lens valued at R76 790.

They will also receive a four-night safari for two people in Botswana worth R250,000, courtesy of African travel stalwart, Wilderness Safaris. This holiday-of-a-lifetime includes nights spent at one of Wilderness Safaris’ Classic Camps and includes all meals and game drives and internal air transfers. The value of this prize is US$15 129 (R250,000) and will be available for our grand prize winner to undertake between November 2023 and May 2024. The Classic Camps collection in Botswana includes such celebrated safari lodges as Little Vumbura, Chitabe Lediba Camp, Kwetsani Camp and Savuti Camp.

A Canon EOS R7 Mirrorless Camera Body with Canon EF to R Mount Adapter from Orms.

Second Prize is a Canon EOS R10 Mirrorless Camera Body with EF to R Mount Adapter + a Canon RF 100-400mm Lens valued at R27 990.

While third prize is a Canon PowerShot SX70 Camera valued at R10 395. 

All category winners will also receive a A1 Perspex print of their image from ORMS Print Room and Framing.

Through the ORMS Print Room & Framing department, ORMS also offers Professional Fine Art & Decor Services that include an array of printing services, custom framing, wallpaper and textile, photobooks and much more. Orms also runs a photography school, with short courses, talks by top-tier photographers, and photographic exhibitions. 

To enter the competition, visit

The winning image from last year’s competition from Lana Strydom ‘One With Nature’

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