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Top 101 - gallery 1 - 2021 photographer of the year


Team Africa Geographic

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Here, at long last, are the Top 101 entries in our 2021 Photographer of the Year! We will announce the overall winner and two runners-up in late June. They will share US$10 000 in prize money and join their partners and our CEO Simon Espley and his wife Lizz on the ultimate private safari in Botswana.

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This week the judging process reduces the line-up to the Top 101, which we present via two galleries. To see the other gallery click here: Gallery 2

An evocative Eastern Cape winter. Kariega Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Andrew Aveley
Swamp raft. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Asif Chaudhry
A Verreaux’s eagle carries a reluctant passenger before dropping it to be dashed on the rocks below. Langebaan Quarry, Cape Town. © Braeme Holland
A diademed sifaka posing with a somewhat amusing expression. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar. © Callum Lootsma
Nightmare for some, magic for others – a wolf spider carrying her tiny spiderlings. Olivedale, Randburg. © Stephen Mintram
‘Mum, there’s something on the end of my face!’ Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Corlette Wessels
A silverback mountain gorilla known as Rugendo glances curiously at a group of tourists as he walks by. Near Rumangabo and Mt. Mikeno, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Dale Davis
An uncomfortably hot and agitated white rhino bull interrupts his mud wallow to assert his dominance as a rhino cow and her calf approach. South Africa. © Darren Donovan
A dwarf crocodile breaks the surface. Toumoula, Mali. © David Rouge
Puku calf sheltering in an elephant track. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. © Dawie Maree
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Yellow-crowned bishop in full voice. Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Eleanor Hattingh
Flight over Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park with its meandering rivers and animal tracks. © Gabriela Staebler
Cape gannets hunting a sardine bait ball, blacktip sharks circling below. Port St Johns, Wild Coast, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
Cape weaver taking an air drink. Yzerfontein, West Coast, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
A clever black-backed jackal who has mastered the art of catching not-so-clever, thirsty sandgrouse. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Gonnie Myburgh
An Ethiopian Orthodox priest sits in front of Abuna Yemeta Guh, a church hewn from the caves some 800-1000 years ago. It’s a perilous climb of 2580 metres to the church – one section requires ropes to scale a vertical rock face. Hawzen woreda, Tigray region, Ethiopia. © Greg Metro
Fly in the eye. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Hannes Lochner
This hole was probably caused by an infection. Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Henrico Muller
An Afar man clings to his camel loaded with a cargo of salt in a blistering desert wind. Danakil, Ethiopia. © Hesté de Beer
An aerial shot of a chaotic fish market in Ganvie, Benin. © Inger Vandyke
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Attack – a pride sets upon a giraffe cow and her helpless calf. Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya. © James Nampaso
Dwarf adder waiting in ambush. Iona National Park, Angola. © Javier Lobon Rovira
Salt and micro-organisms create the perfect canvas for a flock of flamingos. Lake Magadi, Kenya. © Jie Fischer
A portrait of a Mundari cattle herder standing guard amongst his cattle in South Sudan. © Joe Buergi
Male violet-backed starling having upside-down breakfast. Kolwezi, Lualaba Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Kirkamon Cabello
Nestward-bound after a hard day at work. Kolwezi, Lualaba Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Kirkamon Cabello
‘What did you say to me?’ Tawny eagle eye-balling a wasp. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Lars Roes
The thick of the madding crowd. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Laurent Nilles
It takes a village to raise a child. Ethiopia. © Lu Minqiang
A precious fennec fox in the heart of the Tunisian desert. © Marcello Galleano
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A green night adder finishing the remnants of his frog meal. Kogatende, northern Serengeti. © Marc Mol
A five-week-old lion cub learning about the world. Thornybush Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Marcus Westberg
Wood stevedore. Niger River, Ségou, Mali. © Marios Forsos
Safety at sunset. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Mattheuns Pretorius
A small amphibian sits on a rain tree leaf. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Mattheuns Pretorius
Young Mundari man playing his Tung (a wind instrument made from a cow’s horn) at a celebration. Central Equatoria, South Sudan. © Mojgan Arashvand
A leopardess, undisturbed by the rain, scans the plains. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Paolo Torchio
A chimpanzee judging. Budongo Central Forest Reserve, Uganda. © Patrice Quillard
Giant emperor moth (Pseudoimrasia deyrollei). Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. © Piotr Naskrecki
Mozambican long-fingered bat (Miniopterus mossambicus) emerging from the Codzo Cave. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. © Piotr Naskrecki
A yellow-billed oxpecker – star of the show. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Quinn Kloppers
A fascinating armoured lily weevil (Brachycerus sp.) photographed in Ruira, Kenya. © Robin James Backhouse
Bana stilt-walking boys. Omo Valley, Ethiopia. © Rodney Bursiel
Pillars through pillars. Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana. © Sabine Stols
Marimba the ground pangolin has developed a bond of trust, love, and compassion with her guardian Mateus Mambe Masangunge over the course of their thirteen years together. Wild is Life Sanctuary, Zimbabwe. © Sam Turley
Fossa. This endangered creature is the largest mammal predator in Madagascar. Menabe Antimena Protected Area, Madagascar. © Sergey Savvi
Crocodile foot. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Sharlene Cathro
A lion licks her chops mid-meal. Khwai, Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Shaun Malan
A Natal tree frog hiding in a Ligularia leaf. Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. © Shirley Gillitt
Thick hide and razor claws. Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Charl Stols
A cheetah and her cub take stock. Mara North Conservancy, Kenya. © Yaron Schmid

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