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WildlifeDirect launches the second season of Nature’s Treasures Photo Competition in East Africa

Nairobi, 1st August 2020: WildlifeDirect is thrilled to announce the launch of Season Two of the Wildlife Warriors Nature’s Treasures Photo Competition, which is open to nature lovers, amateur photographers, and children from East Africa.

The weekly photo competition will be open to the public from August 1, 2020, and will run for 12 weeks with different themes rolled out every two weeks. The competition is divided into three categories; professional, amateur, and junior category targeting children below 15 years old.

WildlifeDirect started the Nature’s Treasures Photo Competition in March 2020 at a time when the world was grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. “We felt that this was an opportune moment to educate people about how zoonoses are caused and why protecting nature is key to preventing further disease outbreaks. We also wanted to actively engage people and especially children who were now at home in conservation by exploring their environment through pictures,” stated Trish Sewe.

The first season of the competition attracted 130 photographers with over 450 photos submitted in less than three months. The categories explored during the first season included images of nature in distress, beauty in biodiversity, and nocturnal beings among other themes. The growing interest in the photo competition has lead to the launch of season two, which will explore wildlife portraits, wild landscapes, dramatic wildlife, humans helping nature as well as funny and cute wildlife. Winners and runners up in each category will win cash prizes ranging from Kshs. 1,000-Ksh. 5,000 ($10.00-$50.00).

WildlifeDirect is excited to partner with Conservation Through Public Health and Gorilla Conservation Coffee both in Uganda, Tony Wild who are supporting the Junior Category – Runner Up and OGO – LAW who are supporting the Amateur Category – Runner Up. We are also grateful for the judges; Usha Harish, Callie Broaddus, and Ananth Krishnamurthy who have been generous in giving their time to review and select winners during this period.

The competition will run in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda.

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For more information, please contact:

Trish Sewe – Head of Communications

Email: psewe@wildlifedirect.org

About WildlifeDirect:

WildlifeDirect is a Kenyan based conservation organization that has transformed anti-poaching results in Kenya through the award-winning conservation campaign “Hands Off Our Elephants” and the production of Africa wildlife documentaries.  The vision of WildlifeDirect is changing hearts and minds and laws to ensure that Africa’s wildlife endure forever. WildlifeDirect produces wildlife documentary series’ as part of its mission to connect Kenyans to their wildlife and nature and inspire them to treasure it and act to conserve it.