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Thursday, 13 June 2024

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Our Photographer of the Year 2024 is underway. 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, and the winners will be announced in July 2024.

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

Here is Gallery 1 of the best Photographer of the Year submissions for this week. To see the other two galleries, follow the links: Gallery 2 + Gallery 3

Photographer of the Year
A moment of peace with my snack. A mountain gorilla forages in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. © Renato Granieri
Photographer of the Year
A crested barbet mom feeds her fledgling. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Antionette Morkel
Photographer of the Year
A flamboyance of flamingos in flight crosses Lake Magadi, the waters below showing different colour patterns after the rains. Great Rift Valley, Kenya. © Nabila Wissanji
Photographer of the Year
A chacma baboon carries what little is left of its guineafowl prey. Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. © Kevin Dooley
Photographer of the Year
These children of Omo Valley have learnt the art of body painting from an early age. Tumi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia. © Xiaoyue Yan
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Photographer of the Year
“Although the giant kingfisher is by far the largest of the African kingfisher species, this is still a significant catch.” Intaka Island, Cape Town, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
“After a slippery trek of several hours, we were lucky to find the golden monkeys foraging in the bamboo forest.” Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. © Dewald Tromp
Photographer of the Years
The leopardess Jo is known for her striking eyes. A rare eye condition, heterochromia, has left her with one blue and one yellow eye. Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya. © Nili Gudhka
An African honeybee collects the pollen of a sunflower. Kafue National Park, Zambia. © Peta Nias
Photographer of the Year
A red lechwe crosses the channel. Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Andrew Morgan
A white-backed vulture lifts its head from the belly of a giraffe carcass. Parsons Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Angela Riley
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A cheetah takes a breather while passing through Musiara Marsh. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Harry Blakey
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A nursery of giraffe calves and caregivers cross the wetland. Kenya. © Haiquan Xiang
At a Dassenech coming-of-age ceremony, a group of boys are focused on their graduation to manhood. Just behind them, two young children are blissfully immersed in their own world. Tumi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia. © Yanrong Guo
A Cape triplefin photographed through a macro lens – showing the intricate, colourful details of this attractive fish. False Bay, South Africa. © Geo Cloete  
A majestic shoebill in the shadow of darkness. Mabamba Swamp, Uganda. © Renato Granieri
Photographer of the Year
A lion carries the remnants of his zebra carcass, in search of a solitary spot. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Marc Blanchette
Photographer of the Year
“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
Cheetah cubs observe their surroundings as their mother rests. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. © Alia Noordin
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Two gemsbok climb the steep, soft dunes of the Namib Desert. Namib Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia. © Thomas Vijayan
“A puku escaped death from a pack of wild dogs by jumping into the wetland, only to be met by an ambitious crocodile. The crocodile ‘bit off more than it could chew’, and this lucky young male miraculously escaped!” South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. © Marc Mol
Photographer of the Year
A van ferries passengers in the Sahel Belt, Niger. © Xiaodong Cheng
Photographer of the Year
An intimate shot of lioness Cali, a mother of the Mara’s Paradise Pride. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Harry Blakey
Catch of the day. A malachite kingfisher devours its meal atop a water lily. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Jackie Boshoff

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