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Finalists - Gallery 2 - Photographer of the Year 2024

Thursday, 27 June 2024

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Here are the Finalists for our 2024 Photographer of the Year! We will announce the overall winner and two runners-up at the beginning of July. Each of the three winners (the overall winner plus two runners-up) will become a personal sponsor of a wild Hwange lion research collar. Winners and their partners will also join our CEO Simon Espley on a conservation safari in Botswana. Read more about the Photographer of the Year 2024 prizes here.

Photographer of the Year 2024 is now closed for entries.

Photographer of the Year is sponsored by Imvelo Safari Lodges. In association with Southern African Conservation Trust (SACT) and WILDCRU.

This is Photographer of the Year 2024 Finalists Gallery 2. To see the other Photographer of the Year Finalists gallery, click here: Gallery 1

Photographer of the Year
“When I encountered this hognose snake in Madagascar, it was evident she was on a mission. After a while she started digging and came out with a spiny-tailed iguana egg. I could not believe my luck to witness this behaviour. She ate several eggs in one go.” Palmarium Reserve, Madagascar. © Jochen Kruip
Photographer of the Year
Gentle jaws. A special moment as a lioness carefully moves her cub to safety. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania © Irena Or
Photographer of the Year
Between two oceans. The eerie figure of the Shawnee shipwreck pales under a sea of stars. Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia. © Lucy Gemmill
Photographer of the Year
An African honeybee collects the pollen of a sunflower. Kafue National Park, Zambia. © Peta Nias
Photographer of the Year
Thought to be the most powerful vulture in Africa, the lappet-faced vulture has a face like no other. Here, the vulture’s portrait is captured at the scene of a wildebeest kill, where it has just chased away all other vultures from the carcass. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Joschka Voss
Africa Geographic Travel
Photographer of the Year
 “A silverback gorilla looks out over a new plantation of bamboo – a conservation effort aimed at expanding Volcanoes National Park. The gorillas often venture out of the forest in search of eucalyptus trees grown by local farmers. By expanding the forest, there is hope that there will be more space for gorillas and less human-wildlife conflict.” Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. © Richard de Gouveia
Photographer of the Year
Tag, you’re it! A frolicking mother white rhino and calf enjoy a playful moment. Kenya. © Amish Chhagan
Photographer of the Year
“Perched on a lion’s paw, a painted lady butterfly rests as the majestic beast lingers, its paws stained with the remnants of a recently devoured eland. Surprisingly, butterflies possess a penchant for imbibing various fluids, including blood – they are drawn to its mineral content.” Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Hannes Lochner
Photographer of the Year
“I waited 10 hours to get this image! We knew the leopard Bahati had hidden her cubs in a den alongside a river. We parked in the river crossing about 70m from the den and waited. Seven hours passed, but Bahati never appeared. We had to return to camp as it was getting dark. We returned first thing the next morning and waited another three hours before Bahati arrived. After briefly nursing her cub, she picked it up and carried it across the river.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Ivan Glaser
Photographer of the Year
A young Knysna dwarf chameleon rests amidst dead leaves at night. Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa. © Matthias Deuss
Photographer of the Year
A tower of giraffes flees from a controlled burn. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Vicki Santello
Africa Geographic Travel
Photographer of the Year
A young baboon tests the limits of its agility. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Bettina Villabruna
Photographer of the Year
Wet and wild. Soaked after a rain shower, a leopard shakes off the damp. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Andrea Castelli
Photographer of the Year
A young boy from an Omo Valley tribe is adorned with white chalk and paint made from the earth. Tumi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia. © Lanfang Zhang
Photographer of the Year
Zebras traverse the planes below the gaze of the mystical volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai. Arusha, Tanzania. © Jack Swynnerton
African safari
Survival of the fittest. After entering and hoping to take over a new territory, this leopard killed the cub of the dominant male – ensuring that its mother will go into estrous. This allows the new male to sire new cubs and ensure the survival of his own bloodline. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa. © Janice Katz
Photographer of the Year
A new perspective reveals the many nesting chambers of a sociable weaver nest. Sossusvlei, Namibia. © Hugh Michler
Africa Geographic Travel
Photographer of the Year
A flamboyance of flamingos takes off from the lake in an explosion of colour. Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. © Glenn Minten
Photographer of the Year
“A youthful leopard emerges from a day-long slumber atop a mashatu tree. As it descends, the leopard seamlessly melds with the tree’s sinuous roots, becoming almost indiscernible from a distance.” Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. © Hannes Lochner
 Dream big, little one. One of the newest members of the mountain gorilla family enjoys some comfort and connection with mom while riding on her back. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. © Tiffany Franks
African safari
Two large male hippos battle it out for prime territory along the Zambezi River. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Christopher Scott

 

“Mahmoud Farouk stands in Karnak Temple as a beam of light illuminates the space and reveals ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Karnak Temple is the largest religious complex in Egypt. Mahmoud has worked there for over 50 years, having started there as a young boy working with his father.” Luxor, Egypt. © Rachelle Steele
Photographer of the Year
As the pride pauses for an early morning drink, something catches the large male’s eye – piquing a cub’s interest. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. © Lukas Walter
A martial eagle makes a meal of a leguaan (Nile monitor). Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Thomas Vijayan

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