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WEEKLY SELECTION 2 - 2022 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Team Africa Geographic

Thursday, 17 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 

A view to a kill. Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya. © Alastair Stewart
A herd of buffalo rushes down to Chitake Springs to drink, raising a cloud of dust. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Andrei Daniel Mihalca
Two white rhino – horns blunted after removal – form a striking image in Greater Kruger. South Africa. © Dominic Cruz
Heading out on a cold August morning. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Boone Thomson
A young caracal renders a piercing stare at dusk. Caracals have remained resilient in the face of the rapid urbanisation of the Cape Peninsula. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town. © Braeme Holland
The herd crashes onto the banks of Chitake Springs. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Jens Cullmann
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A serval kitten stays close to its protective mom. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Yaron Schmid
Of all the big cats, leopards are the strongest climbers. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. © Dawie Maree
A trio of lions strengthen their social bonds through licking and nuzzling. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Dirk Johnen
An elegant little egret scrutinises its surroundings for hunting potential. Amanzimtoti, South Africa. © Dominic Cruz
A young Mundari herder holds onto two massive-horned Ankole-Watusi cattle, considered ‘kings of the cattle’. South Sudan. © Joe Buergi
Three white rhinos, closely guarded for protection, continue to graze into the early evening. Great Karoo, South Africa. © Hennie Blignaut
An endangered Ethiopian wolf heads along the Sanetti Plateau with its ice rat prey. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. © Hesté de Beer
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A master of camouflage, the mossy leaf-tailed gecko blends into the bark of whichever tree forms its perch. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar. © Sumeet Moghe
A young cheetah is shielded by the tall grasses of Deception Valley. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. © Jens Cullmann
An exhausted kudu faces up to its fate. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. © Antionette Morkel
An African rock python curls up safely in the high branches near Duke waterhole. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Johan
The textures and colours of Augrabies Falls at sunrise after heavy rains in early 2022 make for a spectacular sight. Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa. © John Mullineux
A wildebeest herd makes its daily trek across the dry lake beds to access lush green grasses. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Kerry de Bruyn
Waking up at sunset after a light nap. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. © Kevin Dooley
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Taking a breather while feeding after a dramatic zebra hunt in the pouring rain. Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Matthew Povall
Two hippos have it out on the Chobe River. Botswana. © Antionette Morkel
This spotted hyena had a thorough roll in a muddy, almost-dry waterhole to cool off in the heat of the day. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Melanie Loubser
A leopard gains leverage from an angled tusk while feeding on an elephant carcass. Botswana. © Raquel Barao
A highly venomous Egyptian saw-scaled viper seen on the shores of Lake Baringo. This small snake accounts for a high number of snakebites in Africa – many of which are lethal. Kenya. © Robin James Backhouse
A pregnant lioness targets a wildebeest tripped up in the confusion of a startled herd at Salvadora waterhole. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Sumeet Moghe
Lions bring down a buffalo separated from its herd in Chitake Springs. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Andrei Daniel Mihalca
A hooded vulture in graceful flight. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Urs Niklaus
A gerenuk’s characteristic neck holds its head up high. Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. © Yaron Schmid
A helmeted guineafowl forages in the early morning. Indlovu River Lodge, Greater Kruger. © Braeme Holland

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