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WEEKLY SELECTION 6 - 2024 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Team Africa Geographic

Wednesday, 24 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
Suit of armour. The scales of a juvenile pangolin, while feeding in South Africa. © Matthew Holland
Photographer of the Year
Offering. A lilac-breasted roller presents his intended with a lizard gift, which she devours quickly. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Elizabeth Yicheng Shen
Photographer of the Year
The newest infant (one of twins) of the Bonane Grauer’s gorilla family. Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Therese Redaelli
Photographer of the Year
If looks could kill. A spotted thick-knee fiercely protects her chicks while delivering a steely glare. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Ernest Porter
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An African wild cat does a final double take before disappearing into the veld. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Subi Sridharan
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Lake “Magadi” (which means “soda” in Swahili) bears its name well: it contains a unique sodium carbonate brine (soda). Hundreds of thousands of lesser flamingos come to feed on the lake’s algae every year. When the water evaporates during the dry season, a crust of soda crystals forms to reveal these abstract patterns. Kenya. © Alexandre Bès
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A duet of Kirk’s dikdiks stare down the photographer. Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. © Nicolas Urlacher
Photographer of the Year
A leopard naps in the high, safe and sturdy branches of a large mashatu (nyala) tree. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. © Darren Donovan
Photographer of the Year
“We watched this flap-necked chameleon cross the road with boomslang in pursuit, before the snake finally executed the coup de grâce.” Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa. © Greg du Toit
Photographer of the Year
Salt kingdom. Trekking through the searing heat of Lake Asale – where surrounding salt pans are still being mined by the Afar people. At 115 meters below sea level, it is said to be one of the lowest, hottest and driest places on the planet. Ethiopia. © Benine du Toit
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A Cape mountain zebra and its mother wander the misty landscape. Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa. © Dominique Maree de Beer
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Photographer of the Year
The golden glow of the sovereign. “She certainly knew her territory well as she navigated from the grassland through the vehicles to the bushes. She picked a spot that allowed her to survey the grasslands, and watched for a few moments before relaxing and grooming herself.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Elizabeth Yicheng Shen
Photographer of the Year
A group of white-faced whistling ducks turn the marsh into an impressionist masterpiece. Amboseli National Park, Kenya.© Vicki Jauron
Photographer of the Year
Contemplating life’s big questions. A chimpanzee in Kibale National Park, Uganda. © Therese Redaelli
Photographer of the Year
A reedbuck takes a leap of faith as a hyena lurks in the marshes beyond. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Vicki Jauron
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Red dirt, washed into Lake Magadi from rains following the drought, drastically changes the landscape. Kenya. © Alexandre Bès
Photographer of the Year
The quiver-tree forest at sunrise. Keetmanshoop, Namibia. © Arjan Esschendal
Photographer of the Year
“I’ve always dreamed of capturing an image of elephants in front of Mount Kilimanjaro, but on my two previous attempts, the mountain was always hiding behind clouds. But here, Lady Luck was on our side as the ever-present clouds dropped, exposing the summit of Kili for a brief period at sunrise.” Amboseli National Park, Kenya.© Villiers Steyn
Photographer of the Year
An inquisitive banded mongoose peaks through its family band. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Andy Campbell
Photographer of the Year
Band of brothers. “We were incredibly lucky to spend time with the three kings from the Topi pride early one wet morning. As the clouds cleared, they slowly emerged from the thickets, one by one.” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Amish Chhagan
Desert-dwelling elephants were once present in many of Africa’s deserts, but today they are only found in Namibia and Mali. “On our first afternoon drive through the incredible Hoanib Valley, we came across this impressive bull. The unique desert landscape provided a once-in-a-lifetime backdrop for photographing these special animals.” Kaokoland, Namibia. © Heinz Ortmann
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A broad-headed bug strikes a Napoleonic pose. Karura Forest Reserve, Kenya. © Peter Derry
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Double trouble. Crested guineafowl in Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa. © Panlowat Thaipinnarong
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A bad feather day for this drenched little bee-eater. Vilanculos, Mozambique. © Simone Osborne
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A trio of wildebeest journey along the dry dusty plains in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Greg du Toit
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“While trekking for mountain gorillas, the dominant silverback casually flopped down directly in front of me, observing his reflection in the lens of my camera. Surrounded by thick vegetation, I had nowhere else to go. I kept a submissive posture with my eyes downcast. He stretched out his hand to touch his reflection in the lens and for the briefest moment I imagined him extending his hand to greet me as an old friend. A moment in time that will stay with me for the rest of my life.” Rwanda. © Dewald Tromp
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A mother cheetah – known as Kisaru – strides purposefully with an impala kill clutched in her jaws, as her young cub follows closely, mirroring her every step. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Amish Chhagan
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When your morning yoga routine includes a feather touch-up. Green-headed sunbird in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. © Subi Sridharan
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Iconic brothers of Mara’s Black Rock Pride, Oloshipa and Olobor, were inseparable and shared an incredibly close bond. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Ivan Glaser

 

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