Photographer of the Year 2019 competition is now closed for entries and this week we will look at the first of our finalists: The Top 101!
There are four galleries showcasing the Top 101. To see the other galleries for the Top 101 click here: Top 101 Gallery 2, Top 101 Gallery 3, and Top 101 Gallery 4.
A leopardess looks towards the tree where she left her kill the night before in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Randall Ball
A busy waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia © Matt Hofman
A lioness with flies in Lake Ndutu in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania © Roie Galitz
Textures on the back of an elephant’s ear in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Ernest Porter
A white rhino calf refuses to leave its mother after she was darted for a dehorning, South Africa © Hesté de Beer
A gelada (also known as a bleeding-heart monkey) in the Ethiopian Highlands, Ethiopia © Kevin Dooley
Mzee (100) poses with his wife (90) for a portrait in Jinja, Uganda © Bob Ditty
A bateleur in full flight in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Willie van Schalkwyk
Dust fills the air as wildebeest make their way across the Mara River in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Tania Cholwich
Lion cubs look up at their mother while at a wildebeest kill in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Daniel Koen
On a hot day an epauletted fruit bat mother lets her young catch a breeze in her open wing to help cool it down, Balule Private Nature Reserve, South Africa © Anna-Carina Nagel
A male lion stretches out and rests in the high grass of Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Björn Persson
“I see you” – a silverback mountain gorilla from a newly habituated group keeps a close eye on the photographer in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Guillaume Niger
Baby meerkats at play in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen
A lion drags an elephant calf under a tree to feed after it was killed by two lions the previous night, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Jens Cullmann
“Pride of Africa” – an elephant in Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Thomas Vijayan
A young mountain gorilla from the Nkuringo family group waits out the rain shower in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Bruce Miller
Close up of a dancing ritual for the bull jumping ceremony, Omo Valley, Ethiopia © Cohan Zarnoch
A mother lion and her cubs walk into the sunset in Maseke Balule Game Reserve, South Africa © Adrian van Zyl
The legendary elephant herds of Amboseli, with Mount Kilimanjaro rising above, Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Fiona Noyes
Close up of an alpha female painted wolf (African wild dog) in Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana © Nick Leuenberger
“This highly intimate image of an elephant calf suckling its mother is a celebration of the future of these behemoths. He was conceived, born, raised to this stage, healthy and well on his way to becoming a fully grown elephant to partake in the same natural cycle of life and propagation again. This is surely a celebration of success in Africa. Although the image was taken in a national park where they are protected, to me, the image is representative of all life flourishing all over the continent against very severe odds.” – Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa © John Vosloo
“Peeping frog” – a painted reed frog sits on the reeds in a dam near Port Edward, South Africa © Ingrid Sellschop
A gelada (also known as a bleeding-heart monkey) yawns in Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia © Patrice Quillard
“Ocean giant” – a giant crown jellyfish at Protea Banks reef, South Africa © Pier Mane
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ALSO IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE
To see the other galleries for the Top 101 click here: Top 101 Gallery 2, Top 101 Gallery 3, and Top 101 Gallery 4.