Congratulations to Kenyan photographer duo Preeti and Prashant Chacko for being named The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographers of the Year 2022, with their image “Hallelujah” of a giraffe and calf. The photographers took home the grand prize of $10,000 and a five-night safari to Angama Mara.

“The emotion of a mother-child interaction is something that we love to photograph,” says Preeti. “And so we waited. What transpired through exceeded all our expectations. Three oxpeckers flew up into the sky at the moment of reunion, almost as if to say: ‘Hallelujah’.”

Now in its fifth year, this annual competition is judged by a panel of professional wildlife photographers and serves to celebrate the wildlife of the Maasai Mara, conservation efforts and the talent of the area’s photographic community.

Entries for the next edition of this competition open on January 1, 2023. Visit, and view the winning image and a selection of finalist images below.

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