Here are the finalists in our 2022 Photographer of the Year! We will announce the overall winner and two runners-up in the beginning of 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.
This is Gallery 2 of the finalists. To see the other Photographer of the Year top finalists, click below:
Photographer of the Year 2022 Finalists – Gallery 1
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Sandy anemones ( Aulactinia reynaudi), found in shallow coastal waters around southern Africa, are dependant on tidal and wave action to bring oxygen and nutrients. When there is not enough ‘fresh’ water, the anemones close up. But when their pools are full of water, a bright festival of colour ensues. False Bay, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
A Tsonga fisherman spears a fish caught by the tide in a “fake” kraal trap. Kosi Bay, South Africa. © Hesté de Beer
Bamboo barre ballet. A golden monkey poses mid plié in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda. © Vladimir Cech Jr
Dangerous catch. A crocodile drags its baboon prey to the water. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Tania Cholwich
Clinging to the lifeless body of its mother, an infant vervet monkey’s fate hangs in the balance. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. © Shafeeq Mulla
Portrait of a Kilimanjaro mustard baboon spider – a feisty, old-world tarantula. Ruiru, Kenya. © Robin James Backhouse
A ceremonial warrior – a member of the chief’s retinue – performs during the Odwira Festival. Dunkwa-on-Offin, Ghana. © Nyani Quarmyne
Suddenly stormy. A moment of passion captured on the fifth day of mating. Olare Orok Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Mohammad Murad
Victor in a game between siblings, a cheetah cub claims a triumphant spot atop a leadwood stump. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Mattheuns Pretorius
Last seconds of life. A mother zebra makes one final attempt to separate her foal from its pursuant – but fails. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Alex Brackx
An Ethiopian herder watches over his cattle as they rest. Ethiopia. © Kevin Dooley
A chimpanzee peers up at a commotion of cascading fruit, urine and branches falling from overhead. Just like the photographer, he seems concerned he may be the target. Kibale National Park, Uganda. © Johan Siggesson
Allegory of life and death. Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Hendri Venter
After standing statue-like for the longest of moments, a shoebill makes the attack and captures a marbled lungfish. A satisfying moment for the photographer: “When the shoebill catches a fish in front of you, you will never forget that action.” Mabamba Swamp, Uganda. © Guenther Kieberger
Gemsbok cross impressionistic dunes. Perfectly adapted to their desert environment, gemsbok go days without water, thriving in this barren landscape. Namib desert, Namibia. © Dewald Tromp
Imminent inquisition. A boomslang on the hunt in Mokala National Park. South Africa. © Chris de Billot
‘Shred the patriarchy’. 23-year-old Hilam’s portrait on a rooftop in Casablanca forms part of a series of the same name, focusing on the empowerment of Moroccan women in marginalised communities through subcultural expressions of identity. Morocco. © Chantal Pinzi
Fade to fynbos. A Knysna dwarf chameleon disappears into the vibrant colours of an Erica shrub. Garden Route Botanical Gardens, George, South Africa. © Brendon White
Will he or won’t he? A red-billed firefinch hot on the tail of a flying ant. Harare, Zimbabwe. © Barry Launder
A leopard sneaks in under the fenceline of Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. Hoedspruit, South Africa. © Owen Gröbler
An anti-poaching ranger touches a rhino skull in Namibia. The rhino had been shot, but escaped its pursuers and died with horns intact. The horns were removed by Namibian authorities when the body was found, but the remains of the rhino were left where they lay. Namibia. © Marcus Westberg
After a long hot December day near Punda Maria Rest Camp, an elephant calf takes a rest at its mother’s feet. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Ilna Booyens
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