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Legendary elephant Boswell leads the way through the magic light of Mana Pools National Park. Zimbabwe © Ana Zinger
A tiny Thomson’s gazelle lamb struggles in vain against the powerful jaws of a lioness. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Ahmed Abi Ganem
A herd of elephants stride along the stark shores of Lake Kariba. Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe © Caroline Landrey
A caracal gazes haughtily over its shoulder at its admiring spectators. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Dawie Jacobs
A dancing white lady spider ( Leucorchestris arenicola) taps its way across the sand. Swakopmund, Namibia © Derek Howes
A Cape crow (also known as a black crow) spears a fledgeling finch for its next meal. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana © Gonnie Myburgh
Led by their herder, a caravan of camels travels across the vast barren landscape. Danakil, Ethiopia © Hesté de Beer
The muddy paws of a lion cub dangle as its mother relocates it to a safer, drier hiding spot. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Yarin Klein
A Suri boy is comforted by an older warrior after a ceremonial bath and body painting. Omo Valley, Ethiopia © Hesté de Beer
An aerial shot of a chaotic fish market in Ganvie, Benin © Inger Vandyke
Who gets the head? A pack of African painted wolves (wild dogs) rapidly devour an impala. Kruger National Park, South Africa © John Mullineux
A muddle of hyenas – a trio of youngsters greet one of the clan adults. Liuwa Plain National park, Zambia © Andrew Macdonald
That quintessential moment on an African safari. Mara North Conservancy, Kenya © John Piper
A Werner’s catfish is on the menu for this hungry crocodile. Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania © Kyle Smith
A cheetah uses a termite mound as a vantage point during a downpour. Chobe National Park, Botswana © Dawie Jacobs
A baboon rises to greet the first rays of the sunrise. Nsefu Sector, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia © Marc Mol
A male Jameson’s firefinch quenches its thirst at a photographic hide in Karongwe Private Game Reserve near Hoedspruit, South Africa © Monique Adams
A female wildebeest and calf brave the frenzy of currents and crocodiles to cross the Mara River. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Ana Zinger
Hyena cubs nestled safely against their exhausted mother. Liuwa Plain National park, Zambia © Andrew Macdonald
A skinner and cook in Kejetia bushmeat market takes a break from the heat coming off an old Bedford engine block as the day’s catch is cauterized and cleansed by flame. Kumasi, Ghana © Robin Bruyns
A spotted eagle owl is perfectly camouflaged in its resting spot on the knot of a tree trunk. Noordhoek Common, Cape Town, South Africa © Rob Mousley
A giraffe calf receives a tender bath from its mother shortly after birth. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Thorsten Hanewald
A highly venomous Southern twig snake inflates its neck in a defensive threat display. Outside Hoedspruit, South Africa © Tim Baynham
Wildebeest dotted across the plain, silhouetted against an artistic sky. Liuwa Plain National park, Zambia © Andrew Macdonald
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
A copper eye reveals the presence of a sidewinder snake buried in the sand. Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia © Werner Hoetzel
A yellow-billed kite dips into focus as it flies in front of the looming form of an elephant. Chobe National Park, Botswana © Dawie Jacobs
An olive baboon pulls her baby close for warmth and shelter during a downpour. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Yaron Schmid
Staff in hand, an Ethiopian elder rests outside his home at sunset. Omo Valley, Ethiopia © Kevin Dooley
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