Our Photographer of the Year 2023 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
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.
Photographer of the Year is proudly brought to you by
Hemmersbach Rhino Force and Mashatu Botswana.
Here are the best submissions for this week
Hamadryas baboons – revered in Egyptian mythology as the occasional embodiment of Thoth, a god of wisdom – rest in the palm trees before dusk. Awash National Park, Ethiopia. © Hesté de Beer
Tug of war. Black-backed jackals fight over a warthog piglet. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Thorsten Hanewald
Firestarter. Maasai man shows the photographer how to start a fire with wood and dry grass. Mto Wa Mbu, Tanzania. © Andrea Di Lenardo
“If you took a quick look at the mud puddle you might have missed what was actually there: a dozen hippos looking like mud-covered boulders. As we sat watching, the mud came alive with the sounds of snorts and occasional yawns. How they were able to keep the mud out of their eyes is a mystery.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Bill Klipp
Metamorphosis of Narcissus. An eastern white-bearded wildebeest catches the attention of some flamingos. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Christian Alpert
A new arrival to the Sabyinyo gorilla family. A young gorilla – barely two month’s old – is cradled in her mother’s arms. As her birth happened only a few weeks after Rwanda’s annual Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony, this infant will need to wait 10 months before being given a name. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. © Daniel Wallis
Battle ensues at a giraffe kill. Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Wayne Donaldson
African darter inbound for the Kafue River. Kafue National Park, Zambia. © Friedrich Koehler
A bat-eared fox absorbs a Nxai Pan sunrise. Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana. © Christo Giliomee
Dasher and Prancer fly over the water in Busanga Plains. “I was so happy to get a shot of these red lechwe, each with four legs off the ground!” Kafue National Park, Zambia. © Friedrich Koehler
White rhinos make the dust fly. South Africa. © Kevin Dooley
Dampened spirits in Mara North Conservancy. Kenya. © Yaron Schmid
Releasing the Kraken. A giant kingfisher emerges from the depths with a Mozambique tilapia prize. Intaka Island wetlands, Cape Town, South Africa. © Braeme Holland
Bull with a merle earring. Buffalos and red-billed oxpeckers enjoy a symbiotic relationship, with the birds relieving the buffalo of ticks. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Ilna Booyens
Water gathering from the mountains draws a palette of colours down to Lake Natron. Kenya/Tanzania border. © Silke Hullmann
Feeding frenzy. After some effective teamwork, social spiders ( Stegodyphus sp.) devour a garden fruit chafer ( Pachnoda sinuata). National Botanical Gardens, Harare, Zimbabwe. © Anjuli Rebelo
Baatombu horsemen kissing. In a spectacular show of horsemanship, the two men show affection while galloping the streets of Parakou. Kissing is a sign of friendship amongst many West African tribes. Benin. © Inger Vandyke
An elephant eyes a rock monitor at the waterhole. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. © Kevin Dooley
“As the cheetah abandoned what was left of its Thomson’s gazelle kill, a wake of white-backed vultures took over. Before long, this pair of lappet-faced vultures arrived and the party was over for the smaller of the scavengers. The white-backed vultures were left to watch how every last edible bit disappeared.” Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Pedro Amaral
Everything the light touches. A leopard mother and her cub survey their surroundings from the top of a rock. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Pedro Amaral
Aerial view of Tofinou women selling fish at the Ganvié fish market near Cotonou. Ganvié, Benin. © Inger Vandyke
Hunted hunter. A cheetah tries to evade an advancing lion. Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya. © Thorsten Hanewald
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