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Here are the best submissions for this week
Nostrils of a hippopotamus break the surface of the Sand River. Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa. © Joe Welman
Solitude and serenity beneath a spectacular baobab and the Milky Way. Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana. © Anja Denker
A male kori bustard attempting to look like cotton candy to impress a female. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. © Annamaria Gremmo
Kaboso the leopardess glowing in the dew. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Artur Stankiewicz
Elephant in need of an umbrella. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Paul McDougall
Meyer’s parrot diving for an early morning bath. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. © Cornel Eksteen
The hunter on a chilly morning – secretary bird. Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Eleanor Hattingh
Meroe, city of ancient Kush on the east bank of the Nile about 6.4 km north of Kabūshīyah, is the most extensive archaeological site in the Republic of Sudan. The ruins of pyramids, palaces and official buildings stand silent where once a city thrived. © Joanna Piasny
The mighty herds. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Annamaria Gremmo
‘Mum, there’s something on the end of my face!’ Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Corlette Wessels
Cloud inversions seen from the Bell Cave. Northern Drakensberg, South Africa. © Joe Welman
Whiskered terns waiting for food. Tali Pan, Maun, Botswana. © Ken Oake
A hippopotamus enjoys sleeping in a natural jacuzzi. Sabie River, Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Mattheuns Pretorius
The forest clearing is a haven for animals attracted by mineral-rich soils. Mud bathing produces magical, golden elephants. Dzanga Bai, Dzanga-Sangha National Park, Central African Republic. © Matt Todd
A humpback whale breaches at sunset. Mayotte, Mozambique Channel. © Nicolas Fraisse
Barred fly in glorious (terrifying?) detail. Underberg, South Africa. © Wolf Avni
Red-collared widowbird in full display. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Paul McDougall
A curious male cub contemplating his massive meal. Djuma Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Rian Boshoff
Wizard of the woods – bark spider from the genus Caerostris. Van Staden’s Wildflower Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa. © Sam Surdut
Evening play. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Sankhesh Dedhia
Nightmare for some, magic for others – a wolf spider carrying her tiny spiderlings. Olivedale, Randburg. © Stephen Mintram
Rare desert flood. Sossusvlei, Namibia. © Valentino Morgante
Quiver tree forest. Keetmanshoop, Namibia. © Laurent Nilles
Wounded warrior – after a fight with another bull. South Africa. © Werner Hoetzel
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