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weekly selection 21 - 2021 photographer of the year


Team Africa Geographic

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Our Photographer of the Year 2021 is now closed for submissions, it’s been a wonderful 21 weeks. 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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Here are the best submissions for the final week

A bearded vulture flies into the light. Giant’s Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
The Cauldron on a winter morning. Arniston, South Africa. © Lucy Gemmill
Sustainable games. Madagascar. © Aimin Chen
Pillars through pillars. Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana. © Sabine Stols
Cape weaver taking an air drink. Yzerfontein, West Coast, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
Cherry spot moth with its (hopefully) next generation. Ruiru, Kenya. © Robin Backhouse
‘How many times must I tell you?!’ Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Ana Zinger
Desert adder in a rush. Namib Desert, Namibia. © Andrea Friedrich
Fly in the eye. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Hannes Lochner
Taking a load off – white-backed vulture. Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Andries Janse van Rensberg
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Female pririt batis foraging for insect snacks amongst the pink blossoms of Senegalia erubescens. Erongo Mountains, Damaraland, Namibia © Annabelle Venter
The Great Sphinx of Giza dwarfs a horse and carriage. Egypt. © Astrid Diana Fernandes
A mother’s duty. Ethiopia. © Bob Chiu
Horned adder waiting for the mist to lift. Dorob National Park, Namibia © Chantelle Bosch
Flap-necked chameleon hiding in the garden. Kasane, Botswana. © Charl Stols
Salt and micro-organisms create the perfect canvas for a flock of flamingos. Lake Magadi, Kenya. © Jie Fischer
Ivory. Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe. © Chris Renshaw
An old alpha male chimpanzee contemplates how to remain dominant. Kibale National Park, Uganda. © Chris Renshaw
A dwarf crocodile breaks the surface. Toumoula, Mali. © David Rouge
Yellow-crowned bishop in full voice. Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Eleanor Hattingh
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A juvenile African harrier hawk giving a sociable weaver chick its final ride. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Ernest Porter
Cape gannets hunting a sardine bait ball, black tip sharks circling below. Port St Johns, Wild Coast, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
Thick hide and razor claws. Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Charl Stols
A five-week-old lion cub examining the world. Thornybush Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Marcus Westberg
Sandy anemones (Bunodactis reynaudi) with a fogbow in the background. West Coast, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
An unusual angle of a painted lady butterfly. Freestate, South Africa. © Haig Fourie
Sibling rivalry. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Patrice Quillard
Shaking off the dust at dusk. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Hannes Lochner
The king sneaks past the emperor. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Hannes Lochner
Eastern black rhino testing the air for a mate (photobombed by a yellow-billed oxpecker). Kenya. © Ian Mears
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Dwarf adder waiting in ambush. Iona National Park, Angola © Javier Lonon Rovira
Climbing for coconuts. Madagascar. © Jinyan Yang
Black-collared barbet having a risky meal. Kolwezi, Lualaba Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Kirkamon Cabello
‘Can I take this home mum?’ Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana. © Charl Stols
A bull elephant, named Vronsky, examining the camera. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © William Fortescue
The cliffs of Arniston just after a storm. Arniston, South Africa. © Lucy Gemmill
It takes a village to raise a child. Ethiopia. © Lu Minqiang
Lion guardian, Kamunu Saitoti, comes face to face with a bull elephant while patrolling in the Amboseli ecosystem. A former killer of lions himself, Kamunu now works to reduce conflict between the apex predators and his fellow Maasai. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Marcus Westberg
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 young cheetah cub inspects the photographer. Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya. © Olli Teirilä
‘Dad, you need to brush your teeth.’ Savute, Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Charl Stols
Crocodile foot. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Sharlene Cathro
Last ivory. Tarangire National Park. © Tuomas Kirjavainen
Fighting titans. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Patrice Quillard
Rescued chimpanzee on the way to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Freetown, Sierra Leone. © Renato Granieri
Dancing at sunset. Namibia. © Aimin Chen
Crossing a dry lake in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © William Fortescue
Jackson’s chameleon. Limuru, Kenya. © Robin Backhouse
A guiding paw. Thornybush Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Rudi Hulshof
Disrespecting one’s elders. Savute, Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Sabine Stols
A silverback striking a pensive pose. Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Shane McLean
Hunting red-eyed amphipods. False Bay, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
Red landscape. Deadvlei, Namibia. © Shaun Malan
Sunrise over the Mara from a balloon. Maasai Mara, Kenya. © Sridaran Karthik
Lunch dispute. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. © Andrew Macdonald
Bob Marley (famed lion of the Maasai Mara) catches a warthog as it escapes an inundated burrow. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Suhaib Alvi
In the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Sushil Chauhan
‘This tastes odd.’. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Sylvie Failletaz
A fly resting on a Wahlberg’s Kalahari gecko. Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa. © Thilo Beck
Plunging across the murderous Mara River. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Tomasz Szpila
A male African jacana and his chicks – he normally carries them under his wings for protection. Chobe River, Botswana. © Charl Stols
A huge herd of wildebeest crosses a dusty gulley. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © William Fortescue
A very special pair of African painted wolves – one with partial albinism. Chinko area, Central African Republic. © Yannick Exalto
Morning chores in a Maasai village. Kajiado County, Kenya. © Ying Shi
A juvenile bearded vulture attacking an adult. Giant’s Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa. © Ernest Porter

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