R250 000 Worth in prizes!

We are thrilled to announce that this year we have over R250 000 worth of prizes up for grabs! Find out about our amazing sponsors and this years incredible prizes below;



Overall winner of the South African Photographer of the year 2022

1st prize – total value R137 000

​A 6-night all-inclusive package, including 2 x overnight hide sessions at Zimanga Private Game Reserve, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Sponsored by

A canon R7 mirrorless camera and a RF 100-400mm lens. Sponsored by ORMS Direct, Cape Town.

Overall 2nd place

2nd prize – total value R12 000

A Manfrotto 055 XPRO3W tripod and a Lowerpro Trekker 450 camera bag. Sponsored by ORMS Direct, Cape Town.

Overall 3rd place

3rd prize – total value R10 000

Nikon Monarch M7 10X42 Binoculars. Sponsored by ORMS Direct, Cape Town.

Category winners in Amateur and Pro

Category winners – Total value R7000 each

A Cash prize to the value of R2000
A custom South African Photographer of the Year beanbag
A high-quality framed print of the category winning image sponsored by Orms Print Room
Category winner certificate and inclusion in the competition exhibition

All entrants qualify for a 20% discount from SAPMOK

SAPMOK SUPPORTS NATURE’S HEROES OF TODAY! The heroes who work behind the scenes and who dedicate their time towards conservation and wildlife. We thank you for capturing the beauty of the outdoors and creating awareness for those who can’t speak for themselves.

Visit and look under the tab “Guide and Vet discount” complete the required fields if you want to order your pair of adventure shoes. Use the following wording SAPOTY followed by your competition 4-digit reference login number you receive once registered and paid under the following heading – “Please confirm your Lodge, Employer or Company detail”

Your order will then go directly to SAPMOK and they will be in touch with you. SAPMOK – The official shoe partner of the South African Photographer of the Year.

** Terms and Conditions

All sponsored prizes are non-transferable and can’t be exchanged for cash.
The first prize can’t be split into two separate visits.
The booking date for the first prize can’t be amended within 90 days of arrival.
The first prize needs to be booked and used within 2 years after the 31st of December 2022.
The winner of the first prize is responsible for his/her own transport to and from Zimanga Private Reserve.
The number of days may be extended at an additional cost and should be requested directly from Zimanga.
Any other visiting T&Cs will be communicated directly to the winner by Zimanga prior to the finalised date or arrival.


Who can enter?2022-06-09T16:44:04+02:00

The competition is open to all ages and all nationalities from around the world, but, the competition only awards images taken in South African.

Any entrant under the age of 18 must have the permission of a guardian to enter the competition, and must enter the Junior South African Photographer of the Year competition category.

How many images can I enter?2022-06-09T16:44:23+02:00

You may enter as many images as you like! Each package purchased is worth 10 entries but there is no limit to the number of the packages that can be purchased.

What is the cost of entering SAPOTY?2022-06-09T16:44:57+02:00

Each package is R200 for 10 entries. You may enter the competition as many times as you like by buying repeated entry packages.

Entrants under 18 should enter the Junior South African Photographer of the Year category which is free!

Do images have to be taken in South Africa?2022-06-09T16:45:33+02:00

Yes. South African Photographer of the Year is an international photography competition but images must be taken within South Africa.

What are the image entry specifications?2022-06-09T16:46:08+02:00

Entries must be submitted in JPEG (or JPG) format. These must be 1920 pixels on the longest side and a maximum of 2000kb (2MB). Adobe RGB or sRGB colour space.

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