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Here is Gallery 1 of the best submissions for this week.
Static trapeze. A young mountain gorilla hones its climbing skills. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. © Daniel Walther
Children entertain themselves beneath towering Grandidier’s baobabs – the tree giants of Madagascar, which grow up to 25 metres tall. Western Madagascar. © Aimen Chen
In an unusual occurrence, small fish evade the tentacles of a smack of South African box jellyfish ( Carybdea branchi), which in this case did not appear to be hunting the fish. “I was able to observe both for a while and none of the fish were caught,” says the photographer, who speculates this may be a rare case of commensalism – with the small fish possibly taking refuge between the tentacles. Cape Town, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
Great expectations. A serval kitten tests the boundaries of its agility as mom keeps a watchful eye. © Andrea Castelli
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
Floating water. A sunbird demonstrates a preference for water from a leaking pipe, mere metres from the Saloum River. Sokone, Senegal. © Cecile Terrasse
Imminent inquisition. A boomslang on the hunt in Mokala National Park. South Africa. © Chris de Billot
The persistence of memory. A mountain gorilla idly watches over his family, appearing to be deep in thought. Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. © Christy Bennie
“Though she be but little, she is fierce”. A barking gecko fights back after facing the fate imposed by a juvenile pale chanting goshawk. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Willie van Schalkwyk
Big smooches. A tender moment between a black-backed jackal and its pup. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. © Danielle Carstens
A minute yet radiant grass fly dazzles. Frankfort, Free State, South Africa. © Dawie Broekman
Mighty things from small beginnings grow. A Baryphas jumping spider scans her surroundings from the perches of a fallen yellow leaf. Frankfort, Free State, South Africa. © Dawie Broekman
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 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
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
A pygmy goose launches off the Chobe River. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Danielle Carstens
An ostrich, rudely interrupted during her dust bath, leaps into retreat after being startled by a predator. Namibia. © Vicki Santello
A desert-adapted lioness, collared for scientific research, strides across the harsh landscape. Namibia. © Vicki Santello
Burning inversion. The morning light bursts through the silhouettes of baobabs. Kubu island, Makgadikgadi, Botswana. © Simone Osborne
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