Written by Rebecca Cairns, CNN

For the past 60 years, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has protected animals, restored lost habitats and advocated for policy changes that benefit wildlife. Now, the conservation organization is trying a new approach.

This year, AWF launched the inaugural Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards. Named after the late Tanzanian president, a longstanding AWF board member, the contest aims to reach a different audience.

While photography competitions are nothing new, the AWF hopes that the exhibition of winning entries will encourage African people to take a more active role in conservation said its CEO, Kaddu Sebunya. “Africans need to take the responsibility for the conservation of their heritage,” he said.

A global competition

Photographers of all ages and backgrounds, professional and amateur, were invited to submit to the competition, resulting in nearly 9,000 entries from 50 countries around the globe.

A judging panel, comprised of

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