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Photographer of the Year 2022 Week 12

WEEKLY SELECTION 12 - 2022 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

by

Team Africa Geographic

Thursday, 28 April 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 

Tiptoeing on the clouds. A crab spider considers the white roses of a quiet suburban garden. Centurion, South Africa. © Hendrik Louw
Lioness and cubs in the aureate morning light of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Kenya. © Alex Brackx
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
Gotcha! Serval in flight. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Andreas Hemb
The wind ruffles the fur of a large gelada, exaggerating its large and intimidating appearance. Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. © Pepe Arespacochaga
A picture-perfect lioness at the golden hour. Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. © Andrew Macdonald
Portrait of a Kilimanjaro mustard baboon spider – a feisty, old-world tarantula. Ruiru, Kenya. © Robin James Backhouse
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A black-maned Kalahari lion surveys everything the light touches. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Anja Denker
A bickering blowout between two hooded vultures, squabbling for the spoils of a nearby warthog carcass. Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe. © Anup Kiritbhai Mistry
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
Buffalos with grass-stained horns comically cavorting. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Ilna Booyens
An intensive grooming session nurtures chimp kinship in Kibale National Park, Uganda. © Gonçalo Ferreira
Mating of the damselflies. Parys, Free State, South Africa. © Haig Fourie
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Twice shy. A leopard cub timidly peers out from the tree canopy. Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya. © Heiko Mennigen
Flower power. A juvenile spiny flower mantis clutches onto the violas, showing off its powers of aggressive flower mimicry. Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, Durban, South Africa. © Hendrik Louw
All eyes on you. A rain spider (Palystes sp.) locks its eight eyes on the photographer. Mt. Kenya, Kenya. © Robin James Backhouse
An ostrich indulges in a dramatic dust bath. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Ilna Booyens
Kaleidoscopic salt pans of Walvis Bay. Namibia. © Jaroslaw Klej
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
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A doe-eyed steenbok ram forages peacefully, unperturbed by the presence of the photographer. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Leshalabe Matlala
Of provocation and regret. A juvenile lanner falcon is unimpressed with a black-backed jackal who startled the doves away from Polentswa waterhole. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana. © Michiel Duvenhage
A Neumann’s marsh terrapin photographed amidst the ponds of Ruiru, Kenya. © Robin James Backhouse
Star of the show. An imposing silverback makes his way downstage. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. © Pedro Amaral
An African wild cat freezes to cautiously observe its surroundings. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Peter Winnan
A small calf blithely amuses itself with its mother’s tusks as she grazes on. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Robert Elliott
An acrobatic four-striped grass mouse dines out at a dizzying height. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Ilna Booyens
A juvenile rhinoceros viper – a species heavily poached for the pet trade – clings on to existence in a small fragment of a once-great forest. Kakamega Forest, Kenya. © Robin James Backhouse
A pre-game stretch as this spotted eagle-owl prepares for an evening hunt. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Ilna Booyens
Serval kittens in sprightly play. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Andreas Hemb

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