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WEEKLY SELECTION 3 - 2022 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Team Africa Geographic

Thursday, 24 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 herd brings the drama as it arrives at a spring to drink. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Jens Cullmann
An infant chacma baboon is fascinated by a blob of drool. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. © Kevin Dooley
A leopard peers out at distant wildlife from a large Mashatu (nyala) tree. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Chris Jolley
A female southern-masked weaver inspects her mate’s work. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. © Cindee Beechwood
A southern ground-hornbill shows off its impressive wingspan in flight. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. © David Pugh
A sizeable Mozambique spitting cobra spreads its hood in self-defence upon release into Buffelsdrift Game and Nature Reserve, after being safely removed from a residential area. Roodeplaat, South Africa. © Dean Polley
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Full moon just after sunset. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa. © Pieter Dannhauser
After following each other closely while both hunting for small prey, an immature pale chanting goshawk and slender mongoose face off in the stumps of a dead tree. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Hendrik Steyn
A lioness stares at vultures perched in a dead leadwood tree above. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Henrico Muller
A Cape fur seal and pup find some breathing space in the midst of a robust, successful breeding colony off the west coast of South Africa. Namaqua National Park, South Africa. © Hesté de Beer
Briefly vexed in the midst of a honeymoon. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Vicki Santello
Red-billed queleas catch the first rays of sun for the day. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Jens Cullmann
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An immature martial eagle perches at a great height near Lower Sabie Rest Camp. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © John Mullineux
Lolling about in the midmorning lull. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. © Karen Bongrain
A giant of Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Yaron Schmid
A joyous greeting between a mother black-backed jackal and her pups. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. © Kevin Dooley
A painted reed frog enjoys an evening sojourn on a lily pad. This image was captured using an underwater camera submerged underneath the lily pad, with a torch positioned above. Sabie, South Africa. © Veronique Pretorius
A black-headed heron’s patience pays off at Leeuwdril Waterhole. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Leon Labuschagne
Luluka, a well-known leopard of Maasai Mara, hunts an unsuspecting steenbok after a long, slow stalk. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Peter Hudson
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Catching the last rays of sun at the world’s largest Cape fur seal breeding colony. Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Namibia. © Peter Reitze
A chimpanzee rests in the darkness of the tropical forest. Kibale National Park, Uganda. © Andrei Daniel Mihalca
After being chased up a leadwood tree by two hyena, a leopard settles down for dinner. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa. © Pieter Dannhauser
Maasai Mara resident leopard Luluka and cub head back from a playful drink. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Ruzdi Ekenheim
Sand bathing in the desert dirt. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Sharlene Cathro
Putting up a tremendous struggle after an ambush on the river bank. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Vicki Santello
A leopard enjoys a midday nap directly overhead, allowing a unique angle for the photographer. South Luangwa, Zambia. © Alastair Stewart

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