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weekly selection 4 - 2021 photographer of the year


Team Africa Geographic

Thursday, 4 February 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. 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 

An Amegilla bee hovers, seeking nectar from a lavender flower. Rural North West, South Africa. © Robby Holmwood
A young male lion – symbol of burgeoning power and strength. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Amish Chhagan
An elegant portrait of an endangered grey-crowned crane. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. © Joschka Voss
Absolute focus from hungry lioness; absolute terror from warthog quarry. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Ana Zinger
A curious, young mountain gorilla peers out from its mother’s protective embrace. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. © Mihir Bhatt
An aye-aye, the world’s largest nocturnal primate, feeding on a coconut placed to attract night visitors. Akanin’ny Nofy, Madagascar. © Andreas Just
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Storied eye of a Burchell’s zebra. Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Andries Roux
A hungry genet forages in the shadows. Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Cal Butler
A conflagration of Msasa worms. Gurungwe Gap Guruve, Zimbabwe. © Chris Sheppard
An elephant bull in musth gives himself a dramatic dust bath. Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. © Darren Donovan
Around 300,000 wildebeest take 90 minutes to plunge across the Mara River at Main Crossing. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Dennis Stogsdill
A cheetah cub learning the rudiments of grooming from its mother. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Gonnie Myburgh
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An Ethiopian Orthodox priest sits in front of Abuna Yemeta Guh, a church hewn from the caves some 800-1000 years ago. It’s a perilous climb of 2580 metres to the church – one section requires ropes to scale a vertical rock face. Hawzen woreda, Tigray region, Ethiopia. © Greg Metro
An Afar man clings to his camel loaded with a cargo of salt in a blistering desert wind. Danakil, Ethiopia. © Hesté de Beer
A striped banana reed frog seeks shelter in a leaf. South Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. © Jean Goldstone
A pearl-spotted owlet peers out of its nest. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Joschka Voss
A saddle-billed stork performs his courtship display on the Timbavati River. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Karolina Norée
A Cape sugarbird perches in a sea of orange and yellow proteas. North of Knysna, South Africa. © Kerstin Frodig
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An Ethiopian warrior rests with his ancient rifle. Omo Valley, Ethiopia. © Kevin Dooley
A striped kingfisher selects a gecko from the menu. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. © Greg Metro
Stolen by a baboon – a tragic end for this newborn leopard cub. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Lauren Pretorius
A clump of euphoric southern foam-nest tree frogs. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Leon Marais
A white rhino cow in the golden South African dust. South Africa. © Darren Donovan
A young mountain gorilla considers its mother’s large foot. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. © Mihir Bhatt
A preening greater flamingo. Wildevoelvlei, Imhoffs gift, Cape Town, South Africa. © Philip Henry Jackson
A jumping spider – sparkling shades of gold, copper and bronze in stunning, precise detail. Algeria © Ridha Hamadou
A flamboyance of lesser flamingo stride through the waters of Lake Natron. Tanzania. © Sara Jenner
An exhausted black-backed jackal pauses to allow her five tiny pups to suckle. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Sharlene Cathro
A lioness eats her cub after it succumbs to injuries inflicted by a crocodile. Khwai River, Botswana. © Shaun Malan
The traditional method of preparing croplands for planting using a plough and oxen is still widely used in parts of rural Zimbabwe. Chiredzi, Zimbabwe. © Werner Hoetzel
A southern masked weaver cools down at a birdbath at Lower Sabie rest camp. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Karolina Norée

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