Congratulations to all the finalists! We felt the 15 images that you will see here stood out from the rest because of the unique and distinctly African scenes they portray, the way they express the raw (and often harsh) beauty, vitality and adventure that is to be had on the continent, as well as the photographer’s artistic ability to recognise the significance of the scene and translate it to the viewer. On Friday 22 May we will publish the winner in each category. The following Friday 29 May we will publish the audience favourite (as determined by Facebook likes) as well as the overall winner. Click below to find out how all the Photographer of the Year entries stacked up and see a selection of images that didn’t quite make the cut, but certainly made us smile.
📷 Aerial view over a bend in Zambia’s Luangwa River. Image by Shirli Carswell. Wildlife/Scenic category.
📷 A graphic journey of giraffes in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Image by Jan Vermeer. Wildlife/Scenic category.
📷 A baby mountain gorilla basks in the steely gaze of an adult. Image by Byron Thomas. Wildlife/Scenic category.
📷 A black-backed jackal pursues a Burchell’s sandgrouse in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Image by Willem Kruger. Wildlife/Scenic category.
📷 A frenetic river crossing during the annual migration through Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Image by Shirli Carswell. Wildlife/Scenic category.
📷 A Queen finds her throne. Image by Ana Zinger. Wildlife/Scenic category.
📷 A locust takes flight in Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort, South Africa. Image by Ernest Porter. Wildlife/Scenic category.
📷 A lion’s claws fixed on the leg of its giraffe prey in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. Image by Stijn Cavens. Wildlife/Scenic category.
📷 A black-backed jackal ensconced in an elephantine meal in Addo National Park, South Africa. Image by Thinus Maritz. Wildlife/Scenic category.
📷 The expression goes “slowly, slowly catch the monkey”, as this leopard could attest to. Image by Chris Renshaw. Wildlife/Scenic category.
📷 Hamar woman in the market town of Turmi in Ethiopia. Image by Trevor Cole. People/Culture category.
📷 A Suri child finds protection during a rainstorm in Ethiopia. Image by Trevor Cole. People/Culture category.
📷 A young Himba boy runs to catch up with a family member in the arid Kunene region of Namibia. Image by Devon Macrae. People/Culture category.
📷 Negotiating the sands of Namibia. Image by Pavol Straňák. Travel category.
📷 A school of fish towers over a diver at Pinnacles off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. Image by Aaron Gekoski. Travel category.
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