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Top 101 - Gallery 2 - 2021 photographer of the year

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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 1

A grey-crowned crane peers at the sunset. Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. © Sushil Chauhan
Dancing at sunset. Namibia. © Aimin Chen
A Maasai giraffe tenderly cleans her minute calf. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Ana Zinger
Nature’s greatest spectacle. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Artur Stankiewicz
The Great Sphinx of Giza dwarfs a horse and carriage. Egypt. © Astrid Diana Fernandes
The Milky Way blankets Serian’s Serengeti South Camp. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Bill Klipp
A mother’s duty. Ethiopia. © Bob Chiu
An African dusky flycatcher guards her nest. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town. © Braeme Holland
Ivory. Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe. © Chris Renshaw
An African rock python rests before swallowing a black-backed jackal, while a painted lady butterfly observes. Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Dani Abrahams
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Angry and intimidating. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Danielle Carstens
Old Craig standing strong at 49 years old. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © David Dhaen
The Namib Desert flowing into the Atlantic. Namibia. © David Rouge
Band-eyed drone fly (Eristalinus taeniops). Frankfort, Free State, South Africa. © Dawie Broekman
Rain rejuvenates the woodland after a devastating fire. It’s difficult to say what the steenbok ram feels about the rain. Lower Sabie area, Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Dean Polley
Is there something in my nose? Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
Sandy anemones (Bunodactis reynaudi) with a fogbow in the background. West Coast, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
Dust to dust. A pack of African wild dogs attacking a warthog. Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Golaotse Speedy Senase
Shaking off the dust at dusk. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Hannes Lochner
A leopardess tries to decide if some nearby impala are worth disturbing her rest for. Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Henrico Muller
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A territorial fight breaks out between rival male ground agamas. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. ©Hesté de Beer
Learning from mistakes. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Inger Vandyke
Local Beninese women use the beach to spread lake grasses into fan-like shapes, drying them out for mat weaving. Here, guide Assou Cosme Segla lies on the mats as a size reference. Grand-Popo, Benin. © Inger Vandyke
Forged in the fires of creation. Botswana. © James Gifford
The beautiful Fitzsimon’s thick-toed gecko (Chondrodactylus fitzsimonsi) emerging after rain in search of insects. Iona National Park, Angola. © Javier Lobon Rovira
A portrait of a young boy from the Turkana tribe in Kenya. © Joe Buergi
A southern masked weaver cools down at a birdbath at Lower Sabie rest camp. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Karolina Norée
Black-backed barbet focused on a little bee. Kolwezi, Lualaba Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Kirkamon Cabello
A female chinspot batis feeds its demanding chicks in their perfect little nest. Kolwezi Lualaba Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Kirkamon Cabello
A desert-adapted elephant cooling off in a spray of dust. Hoanib Skeleton Coast region, Namibia. © Lauren Cohen
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‘Enough is enough’ – a clan male indicates he’s done playing. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Manoj Shah
A hippopotamus enjoys sleeping in a natural jacuzzi. Sabie River, Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Mattheuns Pretorius
The marsh owl has light orange ‘windows’ in its primary feathers that, when shot in the right light, show up very brightly. Bapsfontein, South Africa. © Mattheuns Pretorius
Showdown – 38 minutes of adrenaline-pumping action The painted dogs eventually left the lioness and her cub to tell the tale. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. © Melonie Eva
Observation Gelada. Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. © Patrice Quillard
Hartlaub’s gull, Kommetjie, Cape Town. © Philip Jackson
An ultraviolet-illuminated rock scorpion living in a cave that was home, a few thousand years ago, to a group of San people. Chikukwa Cave, Chimanimani Mountains, Mozambique. © Piotr Naskrecki
Mozambican student, Rosa Félix Tivane, releasing a paradise flycatcher after recording its biometric data. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. © Piotr Naskrecki
An unusual daytime encounter with a four-toed hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris). Ruiru, Kenya. © Robin James Backhouse
Maasai. Kenya. © Rodney Bursiel
A male leopard watches as thieving hyenas eat his kudu kill. Thornybush Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Rudi Hulshof
Look into the Light – a rare golden monkey shifts its gaze to the sky just as a shaft of light penetrates the forest. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. © Sam Wallace
Posing in a sea of driedoring (Rhigozum trichotomum). Nossob River, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Sharlene Cathro
A memory of celebration – the discarded wings of hundreds of termite alates the morning after their nuptial flight. Khwai Community Concession, Botswana. © Shaun Malan
Bob Marley (famed lion of the Maasai Mara) catches a warthog as it escapes an inundated burrow. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Suhaib Alvi
‘Would you pass me a napkin please?’ – a member of the famous cheetah coalition of five, Tano Bora, in the middle of a zebra meal. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Aditya Nair
A water lily frog sits against a windowpane in the early hours of the morning. Photographed from inside the house using a low aperture creates a blacked-out background and shuts out any excessive light. St Lucia, KZN, South Africa. © Tyrone Ping
Hands. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. © Valentino Morgante
Morning chores in a Maasai village. Kajiado County, Kenya. © Ying Shi
Members of the Kara Tribe, the smallest ethnic group of the Omo Valley. The Warsa festival is a celebration of daily life. Initially, men jump in groups in front of the women; later women respond with their own leaps and moves. Omo Valley, Ethiopia. © Zay Yar Lin

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