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
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Lions bring down a buffalo separated from its herd in Chitake Springs. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Andrei Daniel Mihalca
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
A colony of purple soft coral ( Alcyonium fauri) – 4mm organisms made up of polyps with eight arms each – extend their arms to feed. Here, one polyp can be seen retracting all of its arms to its mouth after catching food. Cape Town, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
Trying to escape a cauldron of struggling wildebeest in the low water levels of the Mara River. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Hesté de Beer
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
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
A young man practises his dancing during the annual Sebeïba ceremony in the oasis of Djanet. Male dancers and female singers represent their communities during the rituals held in the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar. “The Touaregs have celebrated this event every year for more than 3000 years. This picture shows one of the children dancing like a man… and learning how to protect this national heritage of Algeria.” Djanet, Algeria. © Omar Dib
A dramatic crossing of the Mara River. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Artur Stankiewicz
Stand off. A young Cape cobra and ground squirrel locked in a staredown at Nossob campsite. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Chris Burczak
A lucky shot as a leopard returns to its carcass. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Deon Kelbrick
Allegory of life and death. Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Hendri Venter
An underground hide provides the opportunity to see eye-to-eye with a pair of endangered reticulated giraffes, aquiline muzzles brushing the red earth in symmety. Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy, Laikipia, Kenya. © Julian Asher
Taking a breather while feeding after a dramatic zebra hunt in the pouring rain. Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Matthew Povall
Shades of night descending. A black leopard skulks off with a freshly caught dik-dik. The dark colour of this leopard’s fur is caused by melanism, earning it the name ‘black panther’ – a name given to any black-coated big cat within the Panthera genus. Laikipia, Kenya. © Nick Kleer
White-fronted bee-eaters take flight. The Aloe Farm, Hartbeespoort, North West, South Africa. © Sean Davis
A muddy muddle of fighting hippos. Chobe River, Botswana. © Tim Driman
Bamboo barre ballet. A golden monkey poses mid plié in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda. © Vladimir Cech Jr
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
After trying and failing to hunt a Thomson’s gazelle, young male Ngao rests on top of a hill, swatting flies away with his tail. For a moment, Ngao appears to be shielding his eyes from the sun. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Antonio S. Chamorro
A flap-necked chameleon sheds its skin. Harare, Zimbabwe. © Chris Collyer
A pangolin rescued from the illegal trade photographed while undergoing rehabilitation. The pangolin will be released back into the wild once the rehabilitation is complete. South Africa. © Dominic Cruz
A lioness stares at vultures perched in a dead leadwood tree above. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Henrico Muller
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
Muddy cakewalk. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Sean Koekemoer
A ceremonial warrior – a member of the chief’s retinue – performs during the Odwira Festival. Dunkwa-on-Offin, Ghana. © Nyani Quarmyne
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