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WEEKLY SELECTION 1 - 2022 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Team Africa Geographic

Thursday, 10 February 2022

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Our Photographer of the Year 2022 is open for submissions, with cash prizes of US$10,000 for the winner and two runners-up. Winners and their partners will also join our CEO Simon Espley and his wife Lizz on the ultimate private safari in Botswana.

We are open for entries from 1 February 2022 to midnight on 30 April 2022. Judging for Photographer of the Year will take place throughout those months and for the month of May 2022, and the winners will be announced end May 2022.

Proudly brought to you by Hemmersbach Rhino Force and Natural Selection.

Here are the best submissions for this week 

The Tano Bora all-male coalition sets out on the hunt. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Alex Nilles
Preparing for touchdown, a white-backed vulture comes in for a landing. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. © Kevin Dooley
A serval zones in on its prey. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Yaron Schmid
Atop a termite mound, a cheetah and cubs warm up in the morning sun. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Andy Campbell
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
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Zig zagging across the waters, a large wildebeest herd ventures the hazardous crossing of the Mara River. © Dale Davis
Crossing the chilled waters in Moremi. Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Jens Cullmann
Shaking off the dampness after a soak from a thunderstorm. MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa. © Damon Hoskin
A male southern masked weaver starts construction on a nest, hoping to attract a female that will approve of the new dwelling. Buffesldrift Game and Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Dean Polley
While the pack rests on the fringes of the Okavango Delta, one wild dog keeps her eye on a cheetah and cub passing by. Khwai Private Reserve, Botswana. © Hesté de Beer
An African darter fluffs its feathers while waiting for the warmth of the sun on a cold morning. Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa. © Dominique Maree
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Interacting in the limbs of a tree just before dark. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. © Kevin Dooley
A black rhino dashes one final glance at the camera before hightailing it in the opposite direction. Kenya. © Andy Campbell
Two San bushmen enjoying the sunset on a dune in the Kalahari Desert. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.    © Ferdinand Veer
After stealing an impala kill from a leopard on the edge of the Sand River, a Nile crocodile clamps down on its prize. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa. © Gabriel Keet
A wobble of ostriches huddles in the dust near Rooiputs waterhole. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Gert Lamprecht
A Tonga fisherman spears a fish caught by the tide in a “fake” kraal trap. Kosi Bay, South Africa. © Hesté de Beer
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A Maasai warrior poses with his weapons. Tanzania. © Jack Swynnerton
Two gemsbok butt heads during a brawl. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Jason Kandume
An African skimmer fishes in the early morning. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Jens Cullmann
A red-billed oxpecker and buffalo enjoy the water at Chitake Springs. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Jens Cullmann
The curious gorilla infant focuses its gaze on the photographer while its mother continues to feed. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. © Karen Bongrain
A mud bath gets messy for the photographer. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. © Kevin Dooley
On safari at Tuludi Camp with Africa Geographic, our skilful guide led us away from an agitated matriarch as she launched into an unprovoked charge about 200m from the vehicle. Khwai Private Reserve, Botswana. © Hesté de Beer
Resting on the parched plains with a backdrop of billowing smoke. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Andy Campbell
An Ethiopian herder watches over his cattle as they rest. Ethiopia. © Kevin Dooley
A lioness keeps a watchful eye on her onlookers through the carcass of a kill. Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa. © Michael Tucker
A cub – offspring of the famously successful cheetah mother, Kisaru – takes a brisk jog through the dry grass. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Venkateshwar Govindaraj

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