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Photographer of the Year 2017 Finalists


Africa Geographic Editorial

Friday, 19 May 2017

We are proud to present the Finalists of our Photographer of the Year Competition. The standard of entries this year was exceptionally high, to the extent that our list of finalists is larger than we had initially planned for. After days of judging and intense debate, we could not reduce our list to fewer than 26 finalists. The finalists are listed in no specific order.
The 2017 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition is brought to you by Land Rover and Canon.
The grand title winner of the year’s competition will walk away with a Big Cat Photo Safari for two, provided by At Close Quarters with flights by Airlink, as well as a Canon EOS 700D with a double lens kit. Runner up prizes include a two-night safari for two at Hideaways’ Elephant’s Eye while each category finalist will enjoy a case of wine provided by Rhino Tears. The most popular entries on Facebook and Instagram will enjoy prizes sponsored by iSimangaliso and Thule.

?  “Thirsty look” in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania ©Panos Laskarakis

?  “Majestic elephant bull” in Etosha National Park, Namibia ©Annemarie du Plessis

?  A lion family at sunset in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya ©Anja Gröbel

?  “Proud” in Omo Valley, Ethiopia ©Christophe Lapeze

?  Leopard spotted during a game count in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa ©Bryan Havemann

?  “Now you see me, now you don’t” – a Peringuey’s adder in the Namib Desert, Namibia ©Tyrone Ping

?  “Humankind” – Western lowland gorilla in Dja Faunal Reserve, Cameroon ©Björn Persson

?  A magical shower in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania ©George Turner

?  “He who adapts best wins!” in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa/Botswana ©Johan Mocke

?  “Circles of protection” at Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa ©John Vosloo

?  “Wildebeest hunt” in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa ©Jacques de Klerk

?  “The perfect catch” in Savute, Chobe National Park, Botswana ©James Gifford

?  “The inquisitive one” in Kariega Private Game Reserve, South Africa ©Andrew Aveley

?  Hyena gazing up longingly in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, South Africa ©Greg McCall-Peat

?  “Tools of the trade” in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, South Africa ©Mark Smith

?  “Innocence” in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa ©Andrea Galli

?  “On the prowl” in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe ©Nicholas Dyer

?  “Morning Yawn” in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda ©Nelis Wolmarans

?  “Disappointment in the air” in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa ©Olli Teirilä

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

?  “Eyes wide open” in Kruger National Park, South Africa ©Ross Couper

?  A Cape robin-chat enjoys a bath in Cape Town, South Africa ©Dionne Miles

?  “As light as a feather” in Kruger National Park, South Africa ©Senka Gavrilovic

?  Gelada monkey portrait in the Ethiopian Highlands ©Patrice Quillard

?  “I see you too!” in Etosha National Park, Namibia ©Dave Gale

?  A rock monitor hides in a tree in Ndumo Game Reserve, South Africa ©Ernest Porter

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