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WEEKLY SELECTION 7 - 2022 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Team Africa Geographic

Thursday, 24 March 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.

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Here are the best submissions for this week 

Photographer of the Year
A storm brewing over the mountains of Golden Gate Highlands National Park forms a striking backdrop to a black wildebeest. South Africa. © Ernest Porter
Photographer of the Year
A baby mountain gorilla pauses during its roll in the grass to examine the remains of lunch. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. © Yobel Muchang
Photographer of the Year
A bearded vulture eyes out the photographer below. Giant’s Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa. © Juan Venter
Photographer of the Year
Quelea obscura. The sunken hide at Mashatu Game Reserve provided some unusual opportunities, especially when this flock of red-billed queleas took to the skies in front of elephants. Botswana. © Marius Swart
Photographer of the Year
Taking refuge in a delicious monster potplant during a rainstorm, this mantis made a meal of the ants passing by. Gauteng, South Africa. © Hendrik Louw
Photographer of the Year
A flap-necked chameleon sheds its skin. Harare, Zimbabwe. © Chris Collyer
Africa Geographic Travel
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Road to nowhere. A small herd of gemsbok treks across the dunes in the Namib Desert. Namibia. © Dewald Tromp
Photographer of the Year
Black-winged kite with striped mouse prey in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. South Africa. © Ernest Porter
Photographer of the Year
Light reflects on the early morning dew caught on a moth caterpillar’s setae. Free State, South Africa. © Haig Fourie
Photographer of the Year
A desert-adapted elephant in Kaokoland reaches for the green leaves of an ana tree. Namibia. © Hesté de Beer
Photographer of the Year
During the day, hippos prefer to stay away from the sun, submerged in mud or water. But their nostrils discretely emerge from time to time to take a breath. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Andrei Daniel Mihalca
Photographer of the Year
Zebra trio of Serengeti National Park. Tanzania. © Hilda le Roux
Photographer of the Year
After a long hot December day near Punda Maria rest camp, an elephant calf takes a rest at its mother’s feet. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Ilna Booyens
Africa Geographic Travel
Photographer of the Year
Every year, fires burn areas of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. In 2021, fires were more frequent and out of control than in past years, ravaging large sections of pristine wilderness. Many trees in this woodland were scorched to the ground, leaving white ash apparitions from disintegrated trees in between elephant pathways. © James Gifford
Photographer of the Year
Follow the leader. A single wildebeest leads a large group out of the Mara River after a successful crossing. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Janice Katz
Photographer of the Year
A painted reed frog clings to the reeds in a gust of wind. KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. © Jean Goldstone
Photographer of the Year
A panorama of the ‘Bridge’ – a natural arch in the Spitzkoppe, Namibia. © Julio Castro
Photographer of the Year
Sunrise through the Gannabos Quiver Tree Forest. Niewoudtville, Northern Cape, South Africa. © Marie Knight
Photographer of the Year
A juvenile giant kingfisher displays its Mozambique tilapia catch. Intaka Island Wetlands, Cape Town, South Africa. © Braeme Holland
Photographer of the Year
A cut-throat finch drinks at a waterhole. Karongwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Mart Mari
Photographer of the year 2021
Photographer of the Year
Not always black and white. A rare capture of a scrap between a white and a black rhino. Botswana. © Muriel Moreau
Photographer of the Year
A matriarch of the Arbore tribe in southern Ethiopia’s Omo Valley poses in front of her home near Lake Chew Bahir. © Alex Stoll
Photographer of the Year
A young female leopard pauses mid-stride to focus on a noise heard through the grasses. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa. © Rian Boshoff
Photographer of the Year
Hyena at sunset. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Shaun Estebeth
Photographer of the Year
A reed frog spends the heat of the day hidden on a blade of grass. Sodwana Bay, South Africa. © Thilo Beck
Photographer of the Year
Abushe, a young boy from the Ari tribe living in Jinka, Omo Valley, has what is believed to be a genetic quirk that gives him these striking blue eyes. Ethiopia. © Alex Stoll
Photographer of the Year
A striped hyena photographed at a water-level hide. Nguruman, Kajiado County, Kenya. © Zhugang Zheng
Photographer of the Year
The rains come too late for this Springbokvlakte quiver tree, which succumbed to the previous year’s drought. |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Hesté de Beer

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