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weekly selection 20 - 2021 photographer of the year


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Thursday, 27 May 2021

Our Photographer of the Year 2021 is open for submissions, with cash prizes of US$10,000 for the overall winner and the two runners-up who will be announced in late June. They and their partners will also join our CEO Simon Espley and his wife Lizz on the ultimate private safari in Botswana.

The competition runs from January to June 2021. Get your entries in now and join us in celebrating Africa! Proudly brought to you by Hemmersbach Rhino Force and Natural Selection.

Here are the best submissions for this week 

Mama’s love. Kibale National Park, Uganda. © Goncalo Ferreira
Hartlaub’s duck, a rare, forest-dwelling duck that is very tricky to photograph. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of the Congo. © Antoine Marchal
Pied kingfisher cleaning its feathers. Intaka Island, Cape Town. © Charmaine Venter
Relief. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Rob Tarr
Grey-crowned crane in perfect flight. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. © Chiara Melone
Lynx spiders are jumping, chasing predators and use their long spikes to ambush prey on sticky plants. Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town. © Christian Brockes
Time with a silverback. Mgahinga National Park, Uganda. © David Dhaen
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Morning look. Erindi Private Game Reserve, Namibia. © Naude Heunis
Band-eyed drone fly (Eristalinus taeniops). Frankfort, Free State, South Africa. © Dawie Broekman
A Fischer’s lovebird heading home for the night. Tumaini Gardens, Kitengela, Kenya. © Ebrahim Mansoor
A juvenile Verreaux’s eagle flying straight at me. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
Bana stilt-walking boys. Omo Valley, Ethiopia. © Rodney Bursiel
A pangolin rescued from the illegal wildlife trade undergoing its rehabilitation at Johannesburg Wildlife Vet in South Africa. © Gareth Thomas
Human cousin. Kibale National Park, Uganda. © Goncalo Ferreira
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‘Well waddaya know?’. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Jaco Beukman
African paradise flycatcher singing the merits of his nest. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Jarosław Klej
A grey-headed bush shrike with a displeased longhorn beetle. Manyeleti Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa. © Johan Malan
A sub-adult hippo caught on the run for the water’s safety. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Lalith Ekanayake
Curious mocking cliff chat. © Liv Stubbington
Tiny spotted hyena cub moving house. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Lorne Sulcas
A green night adder finishing the remnants of his frog meal. Kogatende, Northern Serengeti. © Marc Mol
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Attempted camouflage? Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Ernest Porter
Afternoon hunt before the storm. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Mark Kaptein
African painted wolf puppy standing proud. Erindi Private Game Reserve, Namibia. © Naude Heunis
Ivory. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Patrice Quillard
Feather trail – a lanner falcon takes a dove. Nossob, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Paul Nash
Pups at play. Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Prelena Soma Owen
Can I help you with something? Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Reto Bühler
Lilac breasted roller beating the life out of a spotted bush snake. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Rob Tarr
Maasai. Kenya. © Rodney Bursiel
Mount Meru through the clouds behind what remains of the Rebmann Glacier on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. © Ryan Wilkes
A Natal tree frog hiding in a Ligularia leaf. Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal Natal, South Africa. © Shirley Gillitt
‘Pfffffff – go away!’. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Valentino Morgante
You won’t see me, I am part of the tree. A western barn owl hiding in a tree. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
Hands. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. © Valentino Morgante
Old Craig standing strong at 49 years old. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © David Dhaen
An inquisitive blue shark. Simon’s Town, South Africa. © Vanessa Mignon
‘Weeeeee!’ Brown-headed parrot. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Athol Marchant
Playing in the last light of day. Suri Village, Omo Valley, Ethiopia. © Zay Yar Lin
Quintessential Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. © Naude Heunis (Image taken with a drone. Photographer given special permission to fly by the director of Gonarezhou Conservation Trust.)

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