Our Photographer of the Year 2023 is open for submissions, with
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Photographer of the Year is open for entries from 1 February 2023 to midnight on 30 April 2023. Judging for Photographer of the Year will take place throughout those months and for the month of May 2023, and the winners will be announced in early June 2023.
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Here are the best Photographer of the Year submissions for this week
In the shadow of Mount Kenya lies one of East Africa’s most successful rhino sanctuaries. Solio Conservancy, Kenya. © Preeti John Chacko
An ill-fated greater flamingo meets its end in the coils of an African rock python. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Alison Mees
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
A Mara-styled sun salutation. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Pedro Abel Adalia
The shadow of death. A female leopard perched in the tree where she stashed her kill. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa. © Anna-Carina Nagel
An unusually large ostrich “nursery” under the care of one adult male. Young ostriches grow at almost 30 cm every month, so they are almost the height of adults by the time they reach six months old. Damaraland, Namibia. © Tomasz Szpila
Look me in the eye! A flap-necked chameleon demonstrates its ability to move its eyes independently of each other. Bubye River, Zimbabwe. © Quinn Kloppers
A black crake sets up shop in a dead elephant, catching flies attracted to the rotting carcass. Khwai Private Reserve, Botswana. © Ernest Porter
Those kicks were fast as lightning…An action-filled morning as two Burchell’s zebras (almost) come to blows. Namib Desert, Namibia. © Sanet Rossouw
The latest bright-eyed addition to the Nyakagezi gorilla family filling up on bamboo shoots. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda. © Michael Stavrakakis
The thaumaturgy of water, soda, and sand transforms Lake Magadi into a swirling palette of colour. Every year, hundreds of thousands of greater and lesser flamingos gather to feed and breed in the salty, shallow waters. “Seen from the sky, everything suddenly seems unreal.” Lake Magadi, Kenya. © Alexandre Bès
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
Finding one’s feet is tricky with legs already over a metre long. Luangwa (Thornicroft’s) giraffe are a rare subspecies of the Masai giraffe endemic to Zambia. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. © Aaron Mwale
The eternal dance of predator and prey plays out against a backdrop of the Nairobi city skyline. Nairobi National Park, Kenya. © Rajesh Shah
Surf and chirp. A Cape wagtail caught out by an icy Atlantic wave. “After making it to safety, it spent the next twenty minutes drying and cleaning its feathers.” Yzerfontein, Western Cape, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
The Phantom of the Delta. “Magic! I’ll never forget looking into this leopard’s eyes.” Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Karin Van Couwenberg
The tragic culmination of severe drought and agricultural extraction as the Ewaso Ng’iro River runs dry. This river is a lifeline for wildlife (like these elephants) and people alike in the arid lands of northern Kenya. Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. © Alexandre Bès
The lions of Lake Nakuru are known for their arboreal tendencies in the fever tree forests. Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. © Ernest Porter
A brutal glimpse into the darker side of zebra behaviour. Infanticide is usually committed by stallions, but in this case, the newborn foal was killed by another mare before it even had a chance to find its feet. Lake Natron, Tanzania. © Jeremie Goulevitch
“In the last light of day, a leopard emerges from the bush to quench its thirst.” Zimanga Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. © Dewald Tromp
This bull was a member of Kruger’s new generation of magnificent tuskers. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Ciszanne Crous
Cape gannets take the plunge to reach what is left of a bait ball of anchovy. Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa. © Allen Walker
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