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.

Oh! Here is a polite reminder. Don’t forget to read full Terms and Conditions.


  1. The MRM Eye In The Wild Photography Competition (the “Competition”)has been initiated in order to provide an opportunity for aspiring photographers in Kenya to present their work to a wider audience and to encourage the appreciation of nature and in particular the wildlife of Kenya.
  2. The Competition is sponsored by Mabati Rolling Mills Limited (the “Sponsor”), in conjunction with Nikon and the Nation Media Group.
  3. The Competition is open to residents of Kenya.
  4. Entrants agree that they will participate in related publicity and agree to the use of their name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of the Competition without compensation.
  1. Entries may be submitted from 30th March 2017 and must be received by midnight East Africa Time on 30th June 2017.
  2. Entries must be submitted via the online entry form on www.mrmeyeinthewild.mabati.com
  3. Photographs must be
    1. in JPEG or .jpg format, and
    2. have an aspect ratio of 10 X 8 landscape, and
    3. be not less than 1,600 pixels wide, and
    4. be of a size not greater than 3 megabytes.
  4. No borders, watermarks or signatures should be included.
  5. A maximum of three entries may be submitted by any individual but only one entry per individual will be eligible as a finalist.
  6. Each entry must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrant must be the exclusive owner of the copyright.
  7. It is the responsibility of each entrant into the Competition to ensure that they have read and will abide by these Rules. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Rules, that their entry complies with the Rules, and that they will be liable to the Sponsors in respect of any damages or losses incurred as a breach of the Rules by the entrant. Any entry found not to comply with the Rules at any stage of the competition may be disqualified and any prizes will be forfeited.
  8. Proof of electronic submission is not proof of receipt by the Sponsors.
  1. Photographs may be taken anywhere in Kenya.
  2. The subject matter of the photograph should be wildlife.
  3. The wildlife portrayed should be “wild” animals, and no images of captive or restrained animals should be entered including pets, zoo or rescue animals.
  4. All photographs should be taken with regard to the highest ethical standards of wildlife photography. The entrant warrants that any entry was acquired without causing injury or distress to the subject or involved any destruction of its habitat. The capture of an image using live bait is not permitted.
  5. The use of software to enhance and alter the final image is permitted but this should be limited to artistic expression. There should be no attempt to misrepresent or deceive the viewer.
  6. Each entry must be accompanied by a caption giving the exact location, species, type of bait (if any) used and any background story. Caption information supplied must be complete, true and accurate. EXIF details (i.e. camera, lens, iso, etc) should not be given in the caption but should be kept intact in the file submitted.
  7. In order to assist the judges on their selection of photos entrants may be asked, and should be prepared, to submit a high resolution image in either RAW or TIFF format if requested.
  8. The Sponsors reserve the right to refuse images that in their sole judgement are unsuitable for publishing in this competition, for whatever reason they deem fit.
  1. The judging panel will consist of three judges with photographic experience.
  2. The criteria on which the photographs will be judged will be creativity, composition and photographic quality.
  3. The judging will be by way of two rounds of evaluation.
    1. In the first round judges will select up to 18 photos (the “Selected Photographs”). These photos will be eligible for publication in calendars produced by MRM.
    2. Of the Selected Photographs the judges will select a winner for each prize level.
  4. All entries will be posted on the MRM Social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) with the hashtag #MRMEyeInWild where the community will be asked to “share” images to vote for their favourite. An additional award, the Public Award, will be given to the photograph with the most shares from the MRM Facebook page received before the submission deadline but who is not a recipient of one of the main awards. The Sponsors acknowledge that the promotion of the Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.
  5. The decision of the judges will be announced on or about 30th July 2017.
  6. The decision of the Sponsors and judges of the competition on all matters is final and binding. No negotiation will be considered.
  1. Copyright of the image will remain with the entrant. The photographer will be credited (e.g. © photographer’s name).
  2. Entrants grant the Sponsors non-exclusive permission to publish their images in calendars to be published within 24 months of their submission date, without compensation of any kind to the participant. Print resolution images will be required.
  3. Entrants grant the Sponsors non-exclusive permission to publish their submitted images in all their online media channels and social media channels, in association with the Competition, without compensation of any kind to the participant. In addition by entering the competition, the entrant grants the Sponsors a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and exhibit their entries in all media throughout the world, including events, in relation to the Competition.
  4. The Sponsors regret that they cannot accept liability for the misuse of images and/or failure of any third party to credit photographs.
  5. A selection of photographs will be displayed to promote the competition.
  6. Non-selected photographs submitted will Not be stored or returned by the Sponsors after the names of awarded photographers are announced.
  1. The prizes are non-transferable. The Sponsors reserve the right to substitute any listed prize with an alternative of equal monetary value (but the entrant shall not have any right to demand this). Prizes must be claimed within the dates specified or will be forfeited. Winners will be contacted by the email address provided at the time of submission.
  2. The winners of the main awards will not be eligible for the Public Award. The Public Award will be given to the photograph with the most shares that has not been awarded any of the top three awards.
  3. The MRM Eye In The Wild Photographer of the Year, Gold Award
    1. Picture to be published in calendars produced by MRM
    2. A cash prize of kshs. 300,000 from the sponsor
    3. Voucher valued at KSh 50,000/- redeemable on any item at the Nikon store at TRM (to redeem within 3 months).
  4. The MRM Eye In The Wild Photographer of the Year, Silver Award
    1. Picture to be published in calendars produced by MRM
    2. A cash prize of kshs. 200,000 from the sponsor
    3. Voucher valued at KSh 50,000/- redeemable on any item at the Nikon store at TRM (to redeem within 3 months).
  5. The MRM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Bronze Award
    1. Picture to be published in calendars produced by MRM
    2. A cash prize of kshs. 100,000 from the sponsor
    3. Voucher valued at KSh 50,000/- redeemable on any item at the Nikon store at TRM (to redeem within 3 months).
  6. The MRM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Public Award
    1. Picture to be published in calendars produced by MRM
    2. A cash prize of kshs. 50,000 from the sponsor


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Peter Derry


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.

Ben Hunt



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.

Gopala Krishnan


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.


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