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TOP 101 - GALLERY 1 - 2022 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Team Africa Geographic

Thursday, 12 May 2022

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Here are the Top 101 entries 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 1 of the Top 101. To see the other Photographer of the Year Top 101 galleries, click below:
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Avoiding crocodiles in a mad dash across the Khwai River. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. © Alexis Castillo
Photographer of the Year
Gotcha! Serval in flight. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Andreas Hemb
Photographer of the Year
Hiding in plain sight, a lioness pauses amidst the similarly shaded taupe-hued grasses of Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. © Andrew Macdonald
Photographer of the Year
Will he or won’t he? A red-billed firefinch hot on the tail of a flying ant. Harare, Zimbabwe. © Barry Launder
Photographer of the Year
Read between the lines. The face of Medina, the 95 year-old matriarch of a Bisharin nomad family, tells tales of an almost century spent in the Bayuda Desert. Sudan. © Beatrice Wong
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Cleansing with smoke and heat. A Samburu mother invites a photographer in to witness the daily rite of disinfecting a milk container with smoke. Waso, Kenya. © Bob Chiu
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Two cubs creep out of their den, near Balule Satellite Camp, to meet their mother in the early morning light. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Charmaine Joubert
Photographer of the Year
Imminent inquisition. A boomslang on the hunt in Mokala National Park. South Africa. © Chris de Billot
Photographer of the Year
Zig zagging across the waters, a large wildebeest herd ventures the hazardous crossing of the Mara River. © Dale Davis
Photographer of the Year
Hippos wallow in the crystal-clear waters of the flooded Okavango Delta. Botswana. © Dewald Tromp
Photographer of the Year
A bateleur takes off from the Cubitje Quap waterhole. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Ed Aylmer
Photographer of the Year
Tiptoeing on the clouds. A crab spider considers the white roses of a quiet suburban garden. Centurion, South Africa. © Hendrik Louw
Photographer of the Year
After this Cape fox mother called her cubs out of their den near Kij Kij waterhole, they spent the final moments of the day playing in the last rays of sunshine. As the sun disappeared, they settled down to suckle. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Hesté de Beer
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Buffalos with grass-stained horns comically cavorting. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Ilna Booyens
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A flock of red-billed queleas against the early morning light. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Jens Cullmann
Photographer of the Year
A panorama of the ‘Bridge’ – a natural arch in the Spitzkoppe, Namibia. © Julio Castro
Photographer of the Year
Knock, knock, anybody home? A rock monitor emerges from an unproductive stakeout in the bowels of a tree stump. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Leshalabe Matlala
Photographer of the Year
Fear and confusion in the eye of a black rhino before its horns are removed by a team of veterinarians using a chainsaw – an unfortunate but necessary measure to protect rhinos against the illegal wildlife trade. South Africa. © Marcus Westberg
Photographer of the Year
Victor in a game between siblings, a cheetah cub claims a triumphant spot atop a leadwood stump. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Mattheuns Pretorius
Photographer of the Year
A boomslang preying on southern-masked weaver chicks is mobbed by a protective male. Ngala Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa. © Matt Walsh
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Suddenly stormy. A moment of passion captured on the fifth day of mating. Olare Orok Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Mohammad Murad
Photographer of the Year
Warm words with a Sahara wanderer. Nomads of Algeria once travelled the desert in great numbers. Today the rovers of this ever-changing landscape have been reduced to small groups, scattered across the harsh sandy terrain. “I met this nomad in the heart of the desert. He smiled through our entire meeting. I asked if I can photograph him and share these images, and was so happy when he accepted.” Tamanrasset, Algeria. © Omar Dib
Photographer of the Year
A leopard sneaks in under the fenceline of Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. Hoedspruit, South Africa. © Owen Gröbler
Photographer of the Year
Luluka, a well-known leopard of Maasai Mara, hunts an unsuspecting steenbok after a long, slow stalk. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Peter Hudson
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Portrait of a Kilimanjaro mustard baboon spider – a feisty, old-world tarantula. Ruiru, Kenya. © Robin James Backhouse
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Long in the tooth. A Nile crocodile’s mouth is filled with up to 68 sharply pointed teeth. Chobe River, Botswana. © Trix Jonker

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