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Top 105 - Gallery 3 - Photographer of the Year 2024

Thursday, 20 June 2024

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Here are the Top 105 entries in 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 is now closed for entries. Final judging will take place throughout the month of June 2024.

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

This is Gallery 3 of the Top 105. To see the other Photographer of the Year Top 105 galleries, click here: Gallery 1; Gallery 2; Gallery 4

Photographer of the Year
Two grey-cheeked mangabeys sit for their portrait. Rwanda. © Benine du Toit
Playing tag with mom. “This juvenile leopard was playing around and sneaking up on her mother, who was having a snooze in the morning sun.” Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. © Alex Brackx
“A colossal elephant strolled gracefully into our view of Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak.” Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Karthick Sridharan
Photographer of the Year
A wheel of stars behind a massive quiver tree. Quiver Tree Forest, Namibia. © Christopher Scott
An aerial view of cattle at a murky trough in the midst of drought. Due to a burst borehole pipe, the usually dry, cracked ground is covered in water. Sekoma, Botswana. © Sentle Goleba
Photographer of the Year
A martial eagle makes a meal of a leguaan (Nile monitor). Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Thomas Vijayan
Photographer of the Year
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
A ghostly shot of a lion surveying his kingdom. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Jenos Muhammed
Africa Geographic Travel
A white rhino stands guard over her sleeping calf – the skyline of a buzzing city juxtaposed in the background. Kenya. © Jinal Shah
Bloodied, battered and bruised amidst a tense battle, two giraffes spar for the title of victor. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Geir Olaf Gjerden
A young pixie frog (also known as an edible bullfrog) hides from predators in a fallen palm frond. Maputo, Mozambique. © Ken Stavrou
Eating with the flies. Hundreds of flies engulf a lioness, attracted to the blood from a buffalo carcass. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Lakshitha Karunarathna
Blood river crossing. Two women carry wood cross the algae-stained waters of Lake Magadi. Great Rift Valley, Kenya. © Nabila Wissanji
In Chitake Springs, the thirst is real. Buffalos head down to drink from the springs in a billow of dust. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Liz Lane
A southern tree agama displays his bright cobalt-blue head while posturing at the base of a tree. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Robert Holmwood
Photographer of the Year
Mom duties can be tiring! Risasi, a cheetah of the Mara Triangle, nurses all four cubs while watching for predators. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Hema Palan
A perfect sequence of carmine bee-eaters on the banks of the river. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Gail Odendaal
Africa Geographic Travel
Photographer of the Year
A giant roundleaf bat emerges from the day’s rest in the Three Sisters Caves for a nightly feed. Shimoni, Kenya. © Karel De La Cruz
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 spotted hyena rips out the insides of a wildebeest it helped bring down. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Matt Dirksen
Lions wander the dunes. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana. © Sharlene Cathro
Africa Geographic Travel
“These endangered Clanwilliam redfin fish have realised that the waterfall that pours into this river pool carries food downstream. The fish are competing to be the first to find the meal. When they see a nibble, they shoot up to the aerated water to get it. Being the first to spot and take the food is like winning gold, and that’s how I felt when I snapped this head-on photo of a fish just before it was ready to have a nibble.” Cederberg Mountains, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
African safari
A nesting southern ground-hornbill is gifted a meal. The female incubates the egg for 40-45 days, and during this time she is fed by group members. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © John Mullineux
Competing for love in the deserts of Chad. A group of young Wodaabe men participate in a ritual dance during the Gerewol festival. During the celebration, men decorate themselves and perform for women in the hopes of finding a partner. Dourbali, Chad. © Inger Vandyke
African safari
An incredible sighting of the leopard known as Faulu hunting a warthog piglet. “Faulu ran in and grabbed the piglet by the throat and was making off with it when, suddenly, the mother warthog ran in to save her piglet, attacking Faulu with her tusks. Faulu leapt into the air with the piglet in her mouth but dropped it mid-air. The mother warthog continued her attack and managed to chase Faulu away, saving her piglet from certain death.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Aidan Tinney
Photographer of the Year
A chimpanzee hangs out, taking a breather. Kibale National Park, Uganda. © Zenya Lepper

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