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WEEKLY SELECTION 11 - 2024 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Team Africa Geographic

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

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Our Photographer of the Year 2024 is open for submissions. 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 open for entries from 1 March 2024 to midnight on 31 May 2024. Judging will take place throughout those months and for the month of June 2024, and the winners will be announced in early July 2024.

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

Here are the best Photographer of the Year submissions for this week

Photographer of the Year
Lion cubs play amidst the remnants of a fallen tree, blending with the textures of the wood. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
Photographer of the Year
During Etosha’s wet season, both grasshoppers and lilac-breasted rollers are abundant. Here, the roller “plays with his food” tossing it in the air and beating it against the branch to ensure it is dead. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Jan-Joost Snijders
Photographer of the Year
The sub-adults of the Topi pride attempt to hunt a large buffalo. With the young lions still wobbly in their follow-through, the buffalo manages to evade capture.  Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Ivan Glaser
Photographer of the Year
The herd crosses the dry lake bed in search of water. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © David Jenkins
Photographer of the Year
The impressive spectacle of a violent thunderstorm. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Manfred Suter
Photographer of the Year
The striking coat of a young reticulated giraffe, typical of these rare and endangered giraffes. Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya © Allegra Hutton
Photographer of the Year
Pangolin foraging in golden light. South Africa. © JP Pollak
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Photographer of the Year
A pair of hyenas groom one another after feasting on a hippo carcass. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Ann Aveyard
Photographer of the Year
An endangered golden monkey, endemic to the high mountains of the Greater Virunga ecosystem, pauses mid-snack to contemplate the photographer. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. © Amish Chhagan
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Spoils of the hunt. After the pack downed a young impala and devoured most of its meat in moments, one wild dog breaks from the pack, carrying off the impala’s head. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. © Michael Davy
Photographer of the Year
A lesser Madagascar tenrec, also known as a lesser hedgehog tenrec, tries to become inconspicuous by curling up into a ball, its armour of spines fending off unwanted attention. Isalo National Park, Madagascar. © Peter Riegel
Photographer of the Year
A gemsbok wandering alone in the desert encounters a sliver of sunlight. Namib Desert, Namibia. © Min Li
Photographer of the Year
“This young elephant came to one of the pans with his family. While the others were drinking, he was fooling around, chasing his own tail and trying out his trunk. At one point, he discovered the cars parked at the pan, and he decided it would be fun to charge us to ‘scare’ us off.” Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana. © Adriana van Dongen
Photographer of the Year
A red-billed hornbill chick, nearing fledgling status, peers into the “outside” world from the relative safety of its mud-sealed nest hollow in a mopane tree. Kruger National Park, South Africa. ©Tristan Masterton
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A southern white rhino – translocated to a new safe haven – is seen to by the vet team. Here, the rhino is having its ear notched, which allows researchers to identify different individual rhinos. South Africa. © Wiktoria West
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“This black-backed jackal is well known amongst visitors as a bird hunter. She hangs around the waterhole in the early mornings to hunt for doves.” Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Adriana van Dongen
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A young Knysna dwarf chameleon rests amidst dead leaves at night. Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa. © Matthias Deuss
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Thunderbirds pause for a close-up. These southern ground-hornbills were spotted in Kruger National Park. South Africa. © Ilna Booyens
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Getting ahead. A sub-adult leopard carries its jackal prize to a quiet spot for devouring. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Lakshitha Karunarathna
Photographer of the Year
The habitat of endangered kloof frogs – slow-flowing shaded streams – are few and far between, threatened by agriculture and urbanisation. Umkomaas, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. © Grant Evans
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
Two endangered diademed sifakas have a playful spat in the tree tops – unperturbed by the potential great fall that awaits below. Andasibe Mantadia National Park, Madagascar. © Arnaud Farre
A new generation of little lions, full of confidence, frolic in the safe vicinity of their mother. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Andreas Hemb
Moments after a martial eagle descended on a family of banded mongooses that attempted to scurry out of sight, the fate of one unfortunate individual is revealed. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Lex van Vught
“The heavy rains of February didn’t stop the elephants from grazing.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Jonathan Wosinski
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“Not all of Africa’s great hunts occur in savannahs or grasslands. This water lily reed frog was unfortunate enough to get caught by a fishing spider in a wetland, where many more spiders were prowling.” Umkomaas, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. © Grant Evans
A tawny eagle comes in to land, displaying its impressive wingspan – which can measure up to two metres. Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Antionette Morkel
A leopardess descends a fallen acacia tree against the backdrop of a dramatic sunset. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya. © Andy Campbell
A young male lion takes a cat-nap on top of his elephant carcass. Off camera, his brother keeps the hyenas at bay. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Carmen Hofmeyr

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