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 in Botswana. ultimate private safari
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
After trying and failing to hunt a Thomson’s gazelle, young male Ngao rests on top of a hill, swatting flies away with his tail. For a moment, Ngao appears to be shielding his eyes from the sun. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Antonio S. Chamorro
The thorn amongst the roses. A mantis pauses on a rose bush minutes before a dramatic rainstorm breaks. Kathu, Northern Cape, South Africa. © Hendrik Louw
Watch your step. A puff adder slithers across the Lion’s Head hiking trail. Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. © Tyrone Ping
Black-backed jackals agree to differ at a waterhole. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Gerbus Vermaak
Mountain gorillas are capable climbers from a young age, spending much of their day at play, swinging from branches. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. © Antonio S. Chamorro
Bed-headed boulder. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Bjorn Hellberg
Hippos wallow in the crystal-clear waters of the flooded Okavango Delta. Botswana. © Dewald Tromp
A black-backed jackal shoots an icy glare on frozen ground. Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
Changing stripes. Grevy’s zebras in Samburu National Reserve. Kenya. © Yaron Schmid
An African paradise flycatcher feeds bite-sized insects to its chicks in Featherbrooke Estate. Gauteng, South Africa. © Gerbus Vermaak
Hiding in plain sight, a lioness pauses amidst the similarly shaded taupe-hued grasses of Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. © Andrew Macdonald
Mashatu’s future elephants. Photographers at a water-level hide in Mashatu are treated to a herd featuring a variety of youngsters. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. © Anne-Marie Etienne
A mantis stands out against blue hydrangeas and stormy skies, anticipating a Highveld afternoon thunderstorm. Gauteng, South Africa. © Hendrik Louw
A muddy muddle of fighting hippos. Chobe River, Botswana. © Tim Driman
A young jackal cautiously contemplates the camera, shielded by a fallen tree. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Ilna Booyens
A jellyfish – one amongst hundreds drawn into the shallows of False Bay after days of strong southeasterly winds and rough seas – could easily be mistaken for an otherworldly creature. Cape Town, South Africa. © Keri Muller
Two males take a break from marking their territory along the Auob River. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Peter Winnan
Frog in the throat. A determined Argus reed frog puts up a fight against a south-eastern green snake. This photo was taken at a hide using two small flashes on either side of the camera. Kuleni Game Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. © Tyrone Ping
Bamboo barre ballet. A golden monkey poses mid plié in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda. © Vladimir Cech Jr
After this Cape fox mother called her cubs out of their den near Kij Kij waterhole, they spent the final moments of the day playing in the last rays of sunshine. As the sun disappeared, they settled down to suckle. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Hesté de Beer
Fresh out of its Batesian badger colours, a young cheetah stands frozen and alert in the presence of the photographer. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
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