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Revisiting the best Photographer of the Year 2017 entries


Africa Geographic Editorial

Friday, 01 December 2017

December 1st marks the start of our Photographer of the Year 2018 competition! To celebrate the occasion, we have taken a stroll down memory lane to look back at our previous year’s winners and finalists.

In this edition, we share with you the selection of world-class photos that made the finals of the 2017 competition. We hope that this serves as inspiration for this year’s competition, and we look forward to receiving your awesome images.

Overall Winner – Photographer of the Year 2017

An elephant calf being hugged by two trunks
“Circles of protection” in South Africa’s Eastern Cape © John Vosloo

Culture category winner

Ethiopian woman in traditional dress
“Proud” in Omo Valley, Ethiopia © Christophe Lapeze

Travel category winner

Quiver trees in the Richtersveld, South Africa
Quiver trees in the Richtersveld, South Africa © Willem Kruger


Lion covered in mud in a tree
“Thirsty look” in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Panos Laskarakis


Elephant bull in Etosha National Park
“Majestic elephant bull” in Namibia © Annemarie du Plessis
A lion family walking at sunset
A lion family at sunset in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Anja Gröbel
Leopard leaping through the air
Leopard spotted during a game count in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa © Bryan Havemann
An adder camouflaged in the sand
“Now you see me, now you don’t” – a Peringuey’s adder in the Namib Desert, Namibia © Tyrone Ping
Close up photo of a gorilla
“Humankind” – western lowland gorilla in Dja Faunal Reserve, Cameroon © Björn Persson


Cheetah standing in the rain
A magical shower in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania © George Turner
Jackal jumping in the air to catch a bird
“He who adapts best wins!” in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa/Botswana © Johan Mocke
Lions catching a wildebeest calf
“Wildebeest hunt” in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa © Jacques de Klerk
Muddy leopard catching its prey
“The perfect catch” in Savute, Chobe National Park, Botswana © James Gifford
Close up photo of an elephant
“The inquisitive one” in South Africa’s Eastern Cape © Andrew Aveley
Close up of a hyena gazing
Hyena gazing up longingly in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Greg McCall-Peat


Close up of a pangolin
“Tools of the trade” in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa © Mark Smith
Close up of a rhino calf
“Innocence” in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa © Andrea Galli
A pack of hyenas on the hunt
“On the prowl” in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Nicholas Dyer
Close up of a gorilla
“Morning yawn” in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda © Nelis Wolmarans
Bird steals prey from another bird
“Disappointment in the air” in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Olli Teirilä
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Crocodile camouflaged in the mud
“Eyes wide open” in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Ross Couper
A Cape robin-chat in the rain
A Cape robin-chat enjoys a bath in Cape Town, South Africa © Dionne Miles
Baby hyena with feathers on its nose
“As light as a feather” in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Senka Gavrilovic
Close up of a Gelada monkey
Gelada monkey portrait in the Ethiopian Highlands © Patrice Quillard
Cheetah walking in the plains
“I see you too!” in Etosha National Park, Namibia © Dave Gale
A rock monitor hides in a tree
A rock monitor hides in a tree in Ndumo Game Reserve, South Africa © Ernest Porter

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