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Celebrating Africa’s Landscapes


Africa Geographic Editorial

Friday, 07 September 2018

Landscape photography is regarded as the art of capturing an image of nature and the outdoors in a way that allows the viewer to be absorbed into the scene and witness the incredible beauty for themselves. It’s about bridging that connection between the viewer, the photographer, and the landscape, allowing the chance for the viewer to feel those same emotions that the photographer felt when taking the photo. From sparse deserts to lush, green deltas, landscape photography highlights the best nature has to offer, and today we share some of those incredible scenes with you to admire and appreciate.
In this gallery, Celebrating Africa’s Landscapes, we are taking a look at some incredible scenes from around Africa, through the lens of some incredibly talented photographers who entered our Photographer of the Year 2016, 2017 and 2018 competitions. Please take your time and enjoy this stunning gallery with us.

?  Aerial view of Sossusvlei in Namibia © Panos Laskarakis (Photographer of the Year 2018 Finalist)

“An aerial view above Sossusvlei just before sunset presents the perfect specimen of Namibia’s unspoilt desert beauty. Probably one of the most spectacular places in Namibia, the way the sunset plays on the ancient dunes transforms them into a stunning red and orange masterpiece.” ~ Panos Laskarakis

?  Sunset at Epupa Falls, Namibia © Charlie Lynam (Photographer of the Year 2017 Top 101)

“In Africa, the most famous waterfalls are Victoria Falls, where Dr David Livingstone was quoted as saying ‘they are so beautiful angels must have flown here’. I can only say that the angels must have flown via Epupa! I fumbled around in the dark with a head torch trying to find safe ground to place my tripod, the roar of the Falls in the background. There were a few hairy moments as I slipped and skidded on the wet rocks to take up my position, but it was well worth the effort; I think it added something to the drama of the moment!” ~ Charlie Lynam

?  Aerial view of the Okavango Delta, Botswana © Mark Timmermans (Photographer of the Year 2018 entrant)

?  The ‘Madonna and her Worshippers’ rock formation in the Drakensberg, South Africa © Carl Smorenburg (Photographer of the Year 2017 Top 101)

“The Madonna and her Worshippers is a massive outcrop in the northern Drakensberg, South Africa. It is a long two-day hike up Fangs pass to get there. The epic light, followed by a huge storm, was worth the suffering though.” ~ Carl Smorenburg

?  “Rainforest in the mist” in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Thorsten Hanewald (Photographer of the Year 2018 Top 101)

“We were on the way to Lake Bunyonyi, having left Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the early morning. Along the way, we stopped at the edge of the forest, and this incredible view presented itself of the misty mountains of Uganda.” ~ Thorsten Hanewald

?  The road to Spitzkoppe in Namibia © Jaco Beukman (Photographer of the Year 2017 entrant)

?  Panoramic of Cape Town, South Africa © Denis Roschlau (Photographer of the Year 2017 Top 101)

“My wife, Anne, and I hiked up Lions Head before sunrise to get this photograph of Table Mountain, complete with the tablecloth. To the left lies Cape Town city bowl, the harbour and Signal Hill. On the right is Bakoven, Camps Bay and Clifton, and of course that fantastic rainbow. Capturing such a photograph made it worth getting up early.” ~ Denis Roschlau


?  Storm approaching in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Rory Ouwerkerk (Photographer of the Year 2017 entrant)

?  Madagascar’s ‘Avenue of the Baobabs’ in western Madagascar © Pedro Ferreira do Amaral (Photographer of the Year 2018 entrant)

“I just love it when a place exceeds my expectations once I actually experience it in person, even though I have looked at thousands of images before. The Allée des Baobabs in Madagascar will forever stand out as one of those places.” ~ Pedro Ferreira do Amaral

?  Aerial view of the Jao Concession in north-western Okavango Delta, Botswana © Mike McCaffrey (Photographer of the Year 2017 entrant)

?  The Epupa Falls, Kunene River, Namibia © Randal Hinz (Photographer of the Year 2018 entrant)

?  Lake Bunyonyi surrounded by green-terraced hills and scattered with 29 islands © Helen Suk (Photographer of the Year 2016 entrant)

?  The White Desert in Al Farafrah, Egypt © Sepp Friedhuber (Photographer of the Year 2018 entrant)

“The White Desert in Egypt is a small but spectacular part of the eastern Sahara. The best time to take photographs in the desert is in the early morning and late afternoon when the sun creates magnificent effects with shadows and light.” ~ Sepp Friedhuber

?  Sunrise on one of the dunes in NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia © Teresa Nel (Photographer of the Year 2018 entrant)

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