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

Photographer of the Year
A ghostly shot of a lion surveying his kingdom. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Jenos Muhammed
Photographer of the Year
A golden monkey sits in the verdant towering bamboo forests of Volcanoes National Park. Rwanda. © Richard de Gouveia
The wards of Serengeti cheetah mother, Helen, play on the plains. Here, Helen’s daughter, right, plays with the cheetah cub Bahati, which Helen adopted after it was abandoned by its own mother after the cub was injured by a warthog. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Zita Quentin
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
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
The elaborate mating display of the kori bustard, advertising his presence to potential mates. “The drum-like call of this bustard seemed to echo through the crater.” Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. © Bernard Fourie
Africa Geographic Travel
Photographer of the Year
A leopard, known as Luluka, rests at dawn as the sunrise illuminates her. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Vicki Jauron
A small herd of gemsbok trots over the sand dunes into the unknown of the desert. Namib Desert, Namibia. © Dewald Tromp
Photographer of the Year
An intimate portrait of a baby gorilla feeding from its mother. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. © Alia Noordin
Photographer of the Year
Blood river crossing. Two women carrying wood cross the algae-stained waters of Lake Magadi. Great Rift Valley, Kenya. © Nabila Wissanji
A pair of little bee-eaters hunts on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Lisa Di Leo
Africa Geographic Travel
A flap-necked chameleon blends into the leaves. Khwai Private Reserve, Botswana. © Joost Meyer
The grass is always greener on the other side… A buffalo braves the crocodiles, depths and currents of the Chobe River to graze on the opposite bank. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Jackie Boshoff
Men of the tribes of Omo Valley in ceremonial attire, bedecked in leopard and cheetah skins . Tumi, Ethiopia. © Huizhen Huang
A lioness peeks over her buffalo kill and makes eye contact with the photographer. Manyeleti Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
African safari
A martial eagle makes a meal of a leguaan (Nile monitor). Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Thomas Vijayan
A young baboon tests the limits of its agility. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Bettina Villabruna
A breathtaking early morning scene after a rainstorm – with spur-winged geese passing a rainbow in perfect formation. Chobe National Park, Botswana. © Daniella Carstens
Peeping out of the shadows of her thatch hut, a mother pours her son a drink of water. Tumi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia. © Xiaoyue Yan
Africa Geographic Travel
Photographer of the Year
Playing peek-a-boo. Okavango Delta, Botswana. © Karin van Couwenberg
“We came across this amazing little creature early one morning in the Mara. Nobody, not even the guides, knew what it was. None of us had ever seen anything like it. Thanks to a Google image search, we managed to identify this little beauty as a very rare melanistic greater galago. They are both nocturnal and extremely shy. So to have found one out in the open like this was absolutely incredible!” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Ivan Glaser
Photographer of the Year
Harry the elephant – named after the photographer himself by the Mara Elephant project – strikes a patient pose. “I followed him for three months trying to get a decent portrait of him out in the open.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Harry Blakey
Photographer of the Year
Donkey carts are common on Ethiopian roads – come rain or shine. Tumi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia. © Fengying Long
A striking little egret launches off inky-looking water – as pretty as a painting. Knysna, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
Photographer of the Year
Watch where you lay your feet, or you may land in your enemy’s mouth. A grey-hooded gull evades the wrath of a shoebill. Mabamba Swamp, Uganda. © Renato Granieri

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