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Here is Gallery 2 of the best submissions for this week.
Exit downstage left. Children play outside the Hotel Mahazatra in Antananarivo. Madagascar. © Aimen Chen
Living still life. A Natal forest treefrog ( Leptopelis natalensis) sits for its portrait. Kenneth Steinbank Nature Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. © Hendrik Louw
An impressive leopard surveys his forest kingdom. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. © Hannah Strand
Surefooted mountain dweller. The endangered Walia ibex is found only in the mountains of Ethiopia. Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. © Hesté de Beer
A young, curious and restless pangolin takes an interest in its photographer. Mozambique. © Jo Taylor
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
A cheetah cub in joyful full trot. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Willie van Schalkwyk
Sunrise captured from Assekrem hermitage. At 2,726 metres high, the early 20th century hermitage overlooking the Hoggar Mountains once served as a retreat for Frenchman Charles de Foucaut, who spent the last years of his life studying Tuareg language and culture. Ahaggar National Park, Algeria. © Omar Dib
A tapestry of red-billed queleas takes flight. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Prelena Soma Owen
A black mamba takes shelter from a snake eagle. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. © Sara Jenner
Dance macabre. A lioness drags a zebra carcass away after having her fill. The photographer had the opportunity to follow the pride during three days of feeding. On the third day, this lioness dragged the remaining carcass away into a site between tall grasses. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. © Silvia Ribeiro
Sandy anemones ( Aulactinia reynaudi), found in shallow coastal waters around southern Africa, are dependant on tidal and wave action to bring oxygen and nutrients. When there is not enough “fresh” water, the anemones close up. But when their pools are full of water, a bright festival of colour ensues. False Bay, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
I’ve got you covered. A cheetah mother and her sub-adult cub take a quiet but vigilant rest. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Willie van Schalkwyk
After standing statue-like for the longest of moments, a shoebill makes the attack and captures a marbled lungfish. A satisfying moment for the photographer: “When the shoebill catches a fish in front of you, you will never forget that action.” Mabamba Swamp, Uganda. © Guenther Kieberger
After the successful kill, the shoebill gulps plenty of water, washing down its fish prey. Mabamba Swamp, Uganda. © Guenther Kieberger
Portrait of a frenzied and ferocious sugar ant. Capturing an image of this busy ant was a challenge for the photographer, who was pleased with the focused and striking result. Frankfort, Free State, South Africa. © Dawie Broekman
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
In a rare moment of tranquility amidst the angry ocean and the treacherous rugged west coast of South Africa, the stars align. The photographer had tried for years to capture a magical occasion of calm depicting the life apparent in the intertidal zones and rock pools. “I had to work as fast as possible to capture all the photos required for this panorama whilst staying well alert.” Western Cape, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
Friendly fire. Not all interactions between the usually sociable Cape weavers are amicable. When real estate and resources are tight, those stepping out are reminded to toe the line. Langebaan, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
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