MRM Eye in the Wild is a photo competition organized by Mabati Rolling Mills for 2017. We are looking for photos that highlight the state of wildlife in their natural habitat.
Of the photos submitted, a judging panel will choose 12 of the best that shall be the anchor images for our 2018 calendar and participants have a chance to win other amazing prizes.
As Kenya develops and our population increases, the challenges in conservation also multiply and new ones emerge. The very fact that 60% of wildlife in Kenya lives amongst communities brings with it the now prevalent human wildlife conflict driven by the needs of communities to prosper and wildlife to survive.
Habitat loss, climate change and poaching are among the most alarming challenges faced by wildlife today.The list of species joining the endangered list grows each year. Poaching and trafficking of wildlife is now the most immediate threat to many species, whether charismatic or less known.
The fate of the world’s wildlife will soon be in the hands of the next generation. The pressing need for enhanced action to ensure the survival of wildlife in its natural habitats must be imparted from generation to generation.
It is therefore important for us to continue putting the agenda of wildlife conservation at the centre stage of the national discourse. Through photography, we are able to create a status timeline of conservation today and for generations to come and inspire a conversation on the goals of conservation to a wider society.
Eye in the Wild is the beginning of that conversation on the future of our wildlife and what life would be tomorrow if we rallied together to save these great species and spaces for generations.
Feel free to experiment with the moods, lights and subjects of the great Kenyan wildlife; we would be happy to see the unusual and striking points of view. So send us your favourite wildlife photos, along with information about where the picture was taken and what is happening in the photo. Do tell us the story behind the photograph, so our judges can know your inspiration.
Born in Kenya he spent his early years immersed in the wonders of our natural heritage fascinated by the rich diversity of life that surrounds us. Capturing these images began 45 years ago, firstly with the Instamatic and then later the fabulous Nikon F. The joy of image creation was enhanced by the addition of a dark room (small cupboard) and a Durst 301 enlarger concentrating exclusively on black and white images. After a break of a few years to concentrate on the requirements of business, the passion for creating images was revived with the advent of digital and the ability to gain more control of the final image in colour.
A photography enthusiast, Ben Hunt has 28 years experience as a Senior Writer and Creative Director. He has worked for agencies including Grey, TBWA, DDB, Ball Partnership, O&M, JWT, Bates, Batey Ads and DMB&B in Australia, Asia and Africa. He has won over 200 local and international awards, including One Show Gold, Asian Advertising Awards’ ‘Best of Show’ and London International ‘Best Copywriting’. He won Kenya’s first ever Cannes Lion for copywriting at the 2015 Cannes Advertising Festival.
For the past 3 years my images have been clearing the qualifying rounds and reaching the final levels in Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature's Best Photography, Asferico and the Big Picture competition all of which are premium Wildlife photography competitions. He has been actively involved in conservation and wildlife monitoring projects in Kenya.