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WEEKLY SELECTION 5 - 2024 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Team Africa Geographic

Tuesday, 16 April 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
“It was raining that afternoon. The lions had finished off a buffalo in the bush. After some time, they all stood up and the youngsters seemed to cuddle in the rain.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Alexia Chevron
Photographer of the Year
Wearing his scars with pride. Busanga Plains, Zambia. © Licinia Machado
Photographer of the Year
Well-known cheetah of the Maasai Mara, Nashipai, surveys the area as her two cubs frollick below. “We were very lucky to spot her as soon as we drove into the Mara. What a dream start to our trip this was!” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Asif Chaudhry
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One, two, cha, cha, cha! Lion cubs play fight in the Kalahari Desert. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. © Lukas Walter
Photographer of the Year
A martial eagle attempts to dry out its feathers following an afternoon thunderstorm. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Nicolas Urlacher
Photographer of the Year
The pride takes a long walk across a burnt grassland of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Kenya. © Debashish Dutta
Photographer of the Year
A courting pair of Livingstone’s eland at sunset. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Jannes Drotsky
Photographer of the Year
“In the peak of the dry season, I was travelling through a wooded area in Mana Pools when I noticed a commotion amongst a troop of baboons. When the dust settled a female trailed at the back of the group carrying her dead baby. She rested in the shade nearby, dropped the lifeless body and touched it several times, as if trying to wake it up. Her confusion at its stillness was heartbreaking to watch.” Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. © Gail Odendaal
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A leopard catches the golden glow of the forest understory. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. © Aleksander Foss
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A curious yet apprehensive infant gorilla in Impenetrable Forest. “This tiny gorilla’s head was smaller than its mother’s hand, yet its eyes seemed to take up the whole frame.” Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. © Michael Stavrakakis
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An Egyptian goose captured by a Nile crocodile struggles for its last breath. Chobe National Park, Botswana © Nico Pretorius
A mantis emerges from the shadows. Marakele National Park, South Africa. © Mac Stevenson
The Milky Way stretches over the lonely and eerie Garub Railway Station in the Namib Desert. Namibia. © Zhugang Zheng
Tree Hugger. A tree-climbing lioness strikes the perfect pose in a magical fever-tree forest. Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. © Ernest Porter
The Elder. “The oldest woman in this Maasai village, with an estimated age between 85 and 95, is a living repository of the community’s history and traditions. Her advanced age is a testament to the resilience and strength that characterises the Maasai people. In her home, the only source of light is the soft glow filtering through the open straw door. The air is filled with the scent of smoke from the hearth, where she prepares meals and warms her home.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Amish Chhagan
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After surveying the lay of the land, an immature bateleur takes off from the branch of a dead tree. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Andy Campbell
Photographer of the Year
A bush snake devours its dinner. Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda © Byamugisha Hillary
The black leopardess of Laikipia leaps over the river – a daily ritual as she patrols her territory. Kenya. © Yaron Schmid
Photographer of the Year
Got you! Play-fighting cheetah cubs get the hang of using their claws. Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. © Elizabeth Yicheng Shen
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
An iconic shot as a large Amboseli bull is silhoutted against Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Yaron Schmid
A Kirk’s dik-dik peeps out from the grass. Here, the oddly shaped elongated snout of the dik-dik, which evolved in order to keep the antelope cool in extreme temperatures, is clearly visible. Tsavo West National Park, Kenya. © Nicolas Urlacher
Maze runner. A beetle navigates a labyrinth of dried mud “leaves”. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
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“Eight years ago, I moved to the southern Kalahari to document the Bushmen of Southern Africa. As they are no longer allowed to hunt on most of their land, many Bushmen obtain income from selling crafts, telling stories and posing for photos for tourists.” Kalahari Desert, Botswana. © Ferdinand Veer
An obliging collared sunbird pauses for a snap in the midst of its aloe sojourn. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © John Mullineux
Two young males gawk as a lioness approaches in the distance. Etosha National Park, Namibia. © Ernest Porter

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