Our Photographer of the Year 2023 is now closed for submissions.
Cash prizes of US$10,000 have been set aside 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
Judging for Photographer of the Year will take place throughout the month of May 2023, and the winners will be announced in early June 2023.
This is Gallery 4 of the Top 101. To see the other Photographer of the Year Top 101 galleries, follow the links:
Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3.
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Hemmersbach Rhino Force and Mashatu Botswana.
Wait for me! A young lion cub races through the water to join its mother at a feast. Liuwa Plain National Park. © Andrew Macdonald
A resounding display of puppy love from expectant African wild dog (painted wolf) pups hoping for some regurgitated breakfast. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Andy Skillen
The many elegant textures of elephants. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
“This is an Afar Salt Caravan crossing the desolate Danakil Depression. These Caravans deliver salt to Marakiele in the Ethiopian Highlands.” Danakil Depression, Ethiopia. © Hesté de Beer
A local fisherman on the serene waters of the Okavango Delta, surrounded by lily pads and patiently waiting for the next catch from his mokoro. Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Jack Swynnerton
Elephant trunks are believed to be one of the most sensitive body parts in the animal kingdom. They are also very heavy! Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa. © Karen Blackwood
The dry season colour palette. MalaMala Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa. © Michael Raddall
The gory details of a Rüppell’s vulture tucking into a fresh wildebeest meal. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Michael Stavrakakis
Soaked after an afternoon shower. “The rains in Mara opens doors for some very unique and magical frames.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Remya Warrier
A young male mountain gorilla tentatively reaches out to poke his week-old baby brother in a sibling tale as old as time. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. © Tomasz Szpila
Take the road less travelled. An aerial drone photograph of a safari vehicle in the Namib dunes. NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia. © Andrew Morgan
“When we visit the Masai Mara, I make a point out of getting out early for sunrise near the Mara River. It’s a magical spot, especially if you can find a good foreground for sunrise.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Bill Klipp
A male dugong grazing on the ocean floor. “Once a common sight in the Red Sea, populations have plummeted in recent decades. The seagrasses of Abu Dabbab still provide refuge for a few of these magical creatures of the sea.” Abu Dabbab coast, Marsa Alam, Egypt. © Francis Glassup
In a land of sand and rock, the desert horned viper has made the harsh Saharan Desert its home. This image was taken during a herpetological expedition. Saharan Desert, Morocco. © Gerard Carbonell
Brawl at the buffet. Tensions are high as scraps run low at Piper’s Pan, where a wake of white-backed vultures and lappet-faced vultures had hoped to grab a hearty meal. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. © Jannes Drotsky
“The quelea curtain – At 13th Boorgat Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, it is always amazing to watch the lanner falcons sweeping down on the birds drinking water. Huge flocks of red-billed queleas frequent this waterhole, flying up every time they notice an approaching falcon.” Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. © Lisl Moolman
The photographer staked out this tree for hours before a black mamba eventually emerged from one of its holes. Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa. © Michael Raddall
A puddle of spots huddled against the chill of the early dawn hours in the Kalahari desert. Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa. © Pedro Amaral
A handsome squacco heron preens its breeding plumage. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Sharlene Cathro
Africa’s iconic giants. Super tusker Craig poses in front of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Vicki Jauron
Feathered flirtation. A male pin-tailed whydah captures the attention of a female by showing off his weighty breeding plumage. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. © Barbara Fleming
The lifeblood of arid lands – the Kunene River marks the division between Namibia and Angola. Marienfluss Conservancy, Namibia. © Fabian Michelangeli
I’m just going to rest my eyes for five minutes…. Kibale National Park, Uganda. © Kunal D. Shah
Chasing the dust storm. A frame from Amboseli National Park, captured in the height of the recent drought. Kenya. © Remya Warrier
Is it a bird? The lions of the Maasai Mara are largely habituated to the sight of the dawn hot air balloon rush, but we will never know exactly what they think of them! Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Vinod C L
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