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WEEKLY SELECTION 5 - 2023 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Team Africa Geographic

Tuesday, 14 March 2023

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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 ultimate private safari in Botswana.

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 Photographer of the Year submissions for this week

Photographer of the Year
A Thomson gazelle takeaway for a lioness looking to keep a hungry teenage pride mate at bay. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Albano Cortez
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Sound and fury. A scrap between two coalition mates competing over a female. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. © Alwyn Chong
The Midas touch. The warm sunrise light transforms this spotted hyena’s ablutions into a bath of gold. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. © Andrei Mihalca
It’s a cat-eat-cat world out there. An eight-month-old leopard cub drags a caracal – killed by its mother – to a tree and attempts to hoist it. “A once-in-a-lifetime sighting, very special.” Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Marc Mol
Portrait of a predator. “On this occasion, I was able to get my camera very low and catch this awesome shot of a Hyena on Liuwa Plain. Here, they are the apex predators.” Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. © Andrew Macdonald
The diving crossbody. Two heavyweights slug it out during the short-lived desert breeding season. The blue colour of these African bullfrogs’ eyes is due to the nictitating membrane, which protects their eyes during their wrestling match. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. © Christian Passeri
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Iron jaws made gentle by motherhood as a leopardess transports her precious cargo. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © David Chen
Bath time. A lifetime of firsts ahead for this newborn elephant. Senyati, Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Dawie Maree
Love lifts us up where we belong. The death-defying mating process of dragonflies. Zuka Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. © Dominic Cruz
The iconic scenes of dry season Etosha. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Geir Olaf Gjerden
A large male leopard stares down the photographer as evening falls, slinking over the massive limb of a fallen tree. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Marc Mol
The golden gaze of a critically endangered Grauer’s gorilla (eastern lowland gorilla – Gorilla beringei graueri). One of the last remaining populations of eastern lowland gorillas is found in Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “The current civil war situation in the Eastern DRC and uncontrolled forest destruction make this gorilla’s situation desperate!” Kahuzi-Biéga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Hesté de Beer
Go on, try it. I dare you. A wounded bull in the swamps of the Okavango Delta. Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Jack Swynnerton
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Dancing with myself. The distinctive sky-blue bill and head shield of the African jacana is well worth admiring. Chobe River, Namibia. © Luigi Carta
A leisurely lunch for a contented lion cub of the Savuti Marsh Pride. Savuti region, Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Andrew Skinner
“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
Peek-a-boo. A male lion ducks in and out of sight, peeping over the head of his subadult son. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Marc Mol
“Currently engaged in a lengthy territorial takeover, these brothers are on high alert.” South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. © Michael Davy
Crunch time for an unfortunate tortoise. © Muriel Moreau
Clash of the Titans. Two rhino bulls vie for dominance in a battle that could last for days. South Africa. © Nico Nel
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A leopard cub taking lessons from its mother on how to strike a picture-perfect pose. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Pedro Amaral
The floor is lava. A long flamingo wades across the inhospitable, alkaline waters of Lake Magadi, which are painted in shades of red by colourful algae. Lake Magadi, Kenya. © Silke Hullmann
A fragile baby gorilla, weighing less than 2kg, safely enfolded in its mother’s arms. Populations of the endangered mountain gorilla are steadily increasing and this little gorilla born to the Nshongi family is another valuable addition. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. © Tomasz Szpila
Africa’s iconic giants. Super tusker Craig poses in front of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Vicki Jauron
Shades of grey. A white rhino calf protected against the bulk of its mother. Nairobi National Park, Kenya. © Vicki Jauron
Kill bill. Two African open-billed storks put their reflexes to the test in a skirmish over snails. Katavi National Park, Tanzania. © Wim Uyttenbroeck

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