Photo of a Pensive Gorilla Wins African Wildlife Photography Awards

Grand Prize Winner

A photo of a contemplative silverback gorilla has won the 2022 Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards.

US-based photographer Michelle Kranz took the top spot after capturing the amazing picture on her Nikon D850 while in Rwanda.

“This amazing silverback settled down to relax after playing with another male,” says Kranz. “For a few moments, I photographed his striking, mesmerizing gaze.”

Winner of the African Wildlife Behavior category
Winner of the Mobile category
Winner of the African Wildlife at Risk category

The photography awards are run by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Nature’s Best Photography and

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