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WEEKLY SELECTION 8 - 2023 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Team Africa Geographic

Tuesday, 4 April 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 spotted eagle-owl turns its gaze to the heavens. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Amy Robertson
The victor and the vanquished. Hostilities reach a head in an extended battle between two rival males. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Andy Skillen
Photographer of the Year
The many elegant textures of elephants. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
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
Photographer of the Year
An unusual daylight sighting of one of the Mara’s elusive aardvarks. “This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime sighting. Maybe even once in ten lifetimes.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Ivan Glaser
Despite their top-heavy appearance, shoebills are able fliers, well-adapted to soaring. Mabamba Swamp, Uganda. © Jean-Christopher Damond
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The tide comes in as the sun rises over Hole in the Wall, a natural rocky archway carved out over millennia by the waves. Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa. © John Mullineux
Photographer of the Year
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
I’m all ears. A curious African wild dog (painted wolf) approaches the photographer. Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. © Liz Lane
Photographer of the Year
Dawn’s light transforms an aerial view of Sossusvlei into an artistic celebration of curves and colours. Namib Desert, Namibia. © Lucy Gemmill
Eye to eye with a critically endangered Western lowland gorilla in the dense forests of the Congo. Ndzehe Forest, Republic of the Congo. © Andy Skillen
A puddle of spots huddled against the chill of the early dawn hours in the Kalahari desert. Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa. © Pedro Amaral
Africa Geographic Travel
Photographer of the Year
A great white pelican engaged in the sartorial arts. Nairobi National Park, Kenya. © Sandra Risi
Move along; nothing to see here. A baby southern tree agama freezes against the bark, relying on its superb camouflage to conceal its presence. Harare, Zimbabwe. © Anjuli Rebelo
Photographer of the Year
Sand and scales – the flawless camouflage of a Peringuey’s adder (Bitis peringueyi – also known as the desert sidewinding adder). Dorob National Park, Namibia. © Tomasz Szpila
Cognito, ergo sum…or the mountain gorilla version thereof. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. © Nando Morales

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