World’s Best Animal Photogs Named By America’s 25 Best Galleries: CHOLWICH, FISHER, PUHL, MINN, SCOPELLITI, YALE, ANDERSON & FISKE / 2021 AMERICAN ART AWARDS

Each May the American Art Awards organization selects the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America, then in autumn these revered art institutions vote on online art to decide the world’s best contemporary artists.

America’s Best Galleries & Museums scored almost 2,000 works in 50 categories from 64 countries.

Winners in Category 41 are from SOUTH AFRICA & USA.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: My African dream can be captured as the magnificent beauty and behaviour of the wildlife, the African sun tingling on my skin and a camera ready to capture the unique moments which last a lifetime.

I absolutely love what I do but am not your run-of-the-mill photographer. My passion for nature and wildlife photography stems from my natural love for Africa and all of her breathtaking beauty.

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, I see the broader African continent as my home and have an insatiable desire to travel and explore the African continent.

I fell in love with photography 10 years ago and I have never looked back since.

Through my photography I share the wonder and awe that I feel when I am in Africa’s wild and mysterious places.

I draw inspiration from being surrounded by nature. The tranquility and the vastness of the true wilderness makes me want to capture the split-second moments to the best of my ability.

I come alive behind the lens of a camera. I see the world from a different perspective through my camera. I am never more comfortable than when my camera is in both hands, fearlessly clicking away, capturing moments.

I love adventure. I love trying new and exciting things — it revives my soul and I am blessed beyond words to be able to do what I do.

Website: https://taniacholwich.com

ARTIST CONTACTS FOR ART COLLECTORS:

Category 41. NONMANIPULATED PHOTOGRAPHY — ANIMAL

1st Place TANIA CHOLWICH SOUTH AFRICA https://taniacholwich.com/ “Tiger Cub” Photo.

2nd Place-Tie TANIA CHOLWICH SOUTH AFRICA https://taniacholwich.com/ “The Chase Is On” Photo.

2nd Place-Tie TANIA CHOLWICH SOUTH AFRICA https://taniacholwich.com/ “Masai Mara Crossing” Photo.

3rd Place-Tie CLAY FISHER USA www.cfphotoimages.com “Twins In A Tree” 12x12” Photo.

3rd Place-Tie JACK PUHL USA JackPuhl@gmail.com
“Chickie A’la King” 16x20" Photography on canvas.

4th Place-Tie KATE MINN USA kateminn05@gmail.com
“Shrouded In Suspense” Photo.

5th Place-Tie JACK PUHL USA JackPuhl@gmail.com
“Mohegan” 36x48" Photography on canvas.

5th Place-Tie TERRY SCOPELLITI USA www.scopellitiphotography.com 11x14" “The View” Photo on archival metallic paper.

6th Place-Tie TINA YALE USA tyale07@gmail.com
“The Rise After The Fall” 12x18" Photograph.

6th Place-Tie TERI ANDERSON USA tasaphotography21@gmail.com 12x16" “Yes Please, Take My Picture” Canon EOS Rebel T2i photo on canvas.

6th Place-Tie LARRY FISKE USA Larryfiske@gmail.com
“2 Llamas O Our Farm” Photo.

Click below to see the relaxing hour-long movie revealing 2021’s hundreds of winning artworks:

Artworks from 59 countries won among the 50 categories: paintings, drawings, photography, digital and sculpture. (Americans won more because Americans entered more since the competition is better known here.)

Number of winners per country: Argentina 1, Australia 12, Belarus 2, Belgium 2, Brazil 3, Bulgaria 2, Canada 30, China 85, Croatia 2, Cyprus 1, Denmark 2, England 2, Finland 1, France 7, Georgia 3, Germany 18, Ghana 1, Greece 3, Hungary 2, Japan 1, India 10, Iran 1, Ireland 1, Israel 1, Italy 14, Kazakhstan 1, Kuwait 2, Latvia 6, Lithuania 27, Macedonia 5, Malaysia 2, Mexico 2, Moldova 1, Morocco 1, Netherlands 3, New Zealand 1, Nigeria 8, Norway 1, Oman 1, Pakistan 1, Philippines 5, Poland 8, Republic Of Korea 12, Romania 2, Russia 45, Serbia 1, South Africa 8, Spain 11, Sweden 3, Taiwan 7, Thailand 1, Turkey 3, Uganda 1, UK 10, Ukraine 5, USA 264, Uzbekistan 1, Zambia 1, Zimbabwe 2.

ART COLLECTORS: all winning images and corresponding contact info of all the artists will soon be uploaded to this page:

This year’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums asked to vote on art were:

BEST IN ARIZONA: Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art

BEST IN CALIFORNIA: Revolver Gallery

BEST IN COLORADO: Mirada Fine Art

BEST IN FLORIDA: Art Fusion Galleries

BEST IN HAWAII: Sunshine Arts

BEST IN ILLINOIS: Trickster Cultural Center

BEST IN IOWA: Moberg Gallery

BEST IN KANSAS: Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery

BEST IN KENTUCKY: E&S Gallery

BEST IN LOUISIANA: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

BEST IN MASSACHUSETTS: Boston Sculptors Gallery

BEST IN MISSOURI: Hilliard Gallery

BEST IN MONTANA: Dana Gallery

BEST IN NEBRASKA: Kiechel Fine Art

BEST IN NEVADA: Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas Art Museum

BEST IN NEW JERSEY: Evalyn Dunn Gallery

BEST IN NEW YORK: LIK SOHO

BEST IN NEW MEXICO: GF Contemporary

BEST IN NORTH CAROLINA: The Arts Council of Fayetteville| Cumberland County

BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art

BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota Art Museum

BEST IN TENNESSEE: Stanford Fine Art

BEST IN TEXAS: Ao5

BEST IN WASHINGTON: Maryhill Museum of Art

BEST IN WEST VIRGINIA: Parkersburg Art Center

ENTER OR GET AN OFFICIAL GALLERY RATING:

www.AmericanArtAwards.com

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One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books (6 volumes of art). President of www.americanartawards.com

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