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Dr Larry Hansen, Chairman and CEO of Hasselblad the Swedish camera manufacturer  is pleased to announce the founding of a "Rhino Conservation Award".  This project is in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and The Game Rangers Association of Africa.  
The Award will be sponsored jointly by Hasselblad Cameras and Ms Xiaoyang Yu,  Founding Partner of China New Enterprise Investment (CNEI), a China focused growth capital fund.  They have come together to sponsor the Rhino Conservation Award with a desire to cut demand for rhino horn and to increase capture and prosecution of poachers.  Dr Hansen, 14 years ago, founded the “Carl Zeiss Tiger Conservation Award" in India, which project is still running .
The Game Rangers Association of Africa is a NPO with a membership of over 1500 mainly game rangers across Africa.  The GRAA commits itself to the protection, conservation and, where possible, restoration of Africa`s biodiversity and the continued existence of its wilderness for the benefit of present and future generations.  Many game rangers who are active in anti-poaching activities are members of the Game rangers Association of Africa.
The goal  of the Rhino Conservation Award is to create awareness and recognise exceptional individuals  and organisations for their efforts in preventing the poaching of rhinos and drive a reduction of demand in regions where poached Rhino horn is destined.  The award will be presented at a gala ceremony in Pretoria on 29th November  and will be attended by Dr Hansen and Ms Yu, as well as top officials of the DEA and representatives from various rhino conservation bodies.

Recipients of The Rhino Conservation Awards, which is being project managed by the Game Rangers Association of Africa, cover different categories with the aim of recognizing the wide range of people who work against rhino poaching.  These categories cover Rangers in the field; the judiciary; Media; NGOS and technology.

Nominations for the Award have opened and can be sourced from Janyce@currintevents.co.za or on the website www.gameranger.org.


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Queries to Janyce, 0117838869 or 0836541180


Xiaoyang Yu is from China. She is a Founding Partner of China New Enterprise Investment (CNEI), a China focused growth capital fund. CNEI is a pioneer in successfully operating a foreign invested, onshore registered private equity fund in China. Ms. Yu has over 20 years of banking and investment experience. She served at leading international financial institutions in Europe and US, including Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt, London and Salomon Brothers in New York. Ms. Yu also worked at Kissinger Associates, responsible for the firm’s China business, Ms. Yu advised the Chinese government on the drafting of China’s venture capital rules, which regulates the formation and operations of foreign invested onshore venture capital and private equity funds in China.

About Hasselblad ??Founded in 1941 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Hasselblad has been the leading manufacturer and partner for photographers working in the medium format environment for over half a century, consistently providing the highest level of quality and innovation. The extraordinary quality of the company's products became famous in 1962 when Hasselblad cameras were selected for NASA space missions, which resulted only a few years later in the first world-renowned images taken on the moon. Positive associations with Hasselblad's past serve as the foundation for the company's modern and energized brand. In 2002, the Hasselblad H Camera system was introduced. With its professional lens family  it is the most comprehensive digital camera system of its kind available today. ???
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