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Africa Geographic Editorial

Friday, 20 December 2019

Our Photographer of the Year 2020 competition, brought to you by Airlink, with a stunning safari prize provided by Djuma Private Game Reserve, is now open for submissions!
The competition runs from December 2019 through to the end of April 2020, and there is a great prize up for grabs! The overall winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up (along with their partners), will experience the ultimate private safari at Djuma Private Game Reserve, located in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in the Big 5 Greater Kruger, South Africa. Read about the safari enjoyed by the 2019 winners here.
Get your entries in now and join us in celebrating Africa! Click here for more details about how to enter

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A sub-adult lion comes in to steal a kill made by spotted hyenas, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Pranav Chadha

📷 A sub-adult lion comes in to steal a kill made by spotted hyenas, only to find very little for himself. The hyenas did not bother getting their meal back because they had had their full. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Pranav Chadha

This huge bull elephant was busy drinking water in the Zambezi River. I crawled down to the riverbank and with a low angle I got this image. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Kevin Dooley

📷 This huge bull elephant was busy drinking water in the Zambezi River. I crawled down to the riverbank and, with a low angle, I got this image. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Kevin Dooley

A meerkat enjoys a scorpion as a meal. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Braeme Holland

📷 A meerkat enjoys a scorpion meal. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Braeme Holland

An orange-breasted sunbird in search of the sweet nectar from a common pagoda. Taken Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa © Braeme Holland

📷 An orange-breasted sunbird in search of the sweet nectar from a common pagoda. Taken Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa © Braeme Holland

A mother baboon looks protectingly over her baby as another adult endeavours to gently touch the young one. Chobe River, Botswana © Braeme Holland

📷 A mother baboon looks protectingly over her baby as another adult endeavours to gently touch the young one. Chobe River, Botswana © Braeme Holland

A variable bush viper in its rainforest habitat. Mityana district, west of Kampala, Uganda © Daniel Wakefield

📷 A variable bush viper in its rainforest habitat. This area of Uganda is mostly agricultural, and only a few small pockets of lowland rainforest remain. Mityana district, west of Kampala, Uganda © Daniel Wakefield

Week-old lion cubs suckle from their mother. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Matrishva Vyas

📷 Week-old lion cubs suckle from their mother. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Matrishva Vyas

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A macro close up of a male carpenter bee on a salvia plant. Carpenter bees construct their nests by boring tunnels in wood – hence their name. Cape Town, South Africa © Peet J. Van Eeden

📷 A macro closeup of a male carpenter bee on a salvia plant. Carpenter bees construct their nests by boring tunnels in wood hence their name. They are important pollinators of open-faced flowers. The males are greenish-yellow in colour, and the females are black with two yellow bands over the hind thorax and first abdominal segment respectively. Cape Town, South Africa © Peet J. Van Eeden

A leopard descends a large tree. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia © Raymond Stone

📷 A leopard descends a large tree. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia © Raymond Stone

Straw-coloured fruit bats. Kasanka National Park, Zambia © Ralph Stutchbury

📷 Every year between October and December the largest mammal migration on Earth takes place when over ten million straw-coloured fruit bats take up residence in a few hectares of the ‘Bat Forest’ in Kasanka National Park’s mushitu swamp forest. Each evening at sunset, they leave their roosts to search for food. Kasanka National Park, Zambia © Ralph Stutchbury

A cheetah cub rests against the curved wall of a concrete pipe. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Nick Dale

📷 Cheetah cub exploring a concrete drainage pipe under the road. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Nick Dale

A purple heron proudly displays a Mozambique tilapia before swallowing the sizeable fish. Intaka Island Wetlands, Cape Town, South Africa © Braeme Holland

📷 A purple heron proudly displays a Mozambique tilapia before swallowing the sizeable fish. Intaka Island Wetlands, Cape Town, South Africa © Braeme Holland

The Milky Way and night sky over our tent. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Bill Klipp

📷 The Milky Way and night sky over our tent. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Bill Klipp


A marabou stork scavenges at a rubbish tip. Talek, Kenya © Diana Knight

📷 A marabou stork scavenges at a rubbish tip. Talek, Kenya © Diana Knight

An elephant mother with her calf. Okavango Delta, Botswana © Kevin Dooley

📷 An elephant mother with her calf. Okavango Delta, Botswana © Kevin Dooley

A lioness in the process of moving one of her cubs. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Lennart Hessel

📷 A lioness in the process of moving one of her cubs to a new den site. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Lennart Hessel

An elephant family herd pass by with Mount Kilamanjaro in the background. Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Josef Friedhuber

📷 An elephant family herd pass by with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Josef Friedhuber

Interwoven brittle stars with a sandy anemone. Outer Photographer’s Reef near Simonstown, South Africa © Peet J. Van Eeden

📷 Interwoven brittle stars with a sandy anemone. Outer Photographer’s Reef near Simonstown, South Africa © Peet J. Van Eeden

A caracal spotted by the Rooiputs waterhole. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Margie Botha

📷 A caracal spotted near the Rooiputs waterhole. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Margie Botha

A leopard sits in the forked trunk of a tree. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Nick Dale

📷 A leopard sits in the forked trunk of a tree. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Nick Dale

Migrating wildebeest – nature's most accomplished endurance athletes – soar through shadows and dust as the hurl themselves into the Mara River. The few minutes required for this crossing are the most perilous of their hazardous, 800-kilometre trek. Mara Triangle, Kenya © Deji Odetoyinbo

📷 Migrating wildebeest – nature’s most accomplished endurance athletes – soar through shadows and dust as they hurl themselves into the Mara River. The few minutes required for this crossing are the most perilous of their hazardous, 800-kilometre trek. Mara Triangle, Kenya © Deji Odetoyinbo

A gemsbok in the early morning. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Hilda Le Roux

📷 Gemsbok in the early morning. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Hilda Le Roux


An elephant takes a dust bath. Chobe National Park, Botswana © Nick Dale

📷 An elephant takes a dust bath. Chobe National Park, Botswana © Nick Dale

Lion cubs play on their mother while she tries to rest. Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Julie Escoffier

📷 Lion cubs play on their mother while she tries to rest. Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Julie Escoffier

A water monitor carries a fish through a rocky section along the Sand River. Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa© Cal Butler

📷 A water monitor carries a fish through a rocky section along the Sand River. Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa© Cal Butler

A rather mischievious-looking vervet monkey eyes out the photographer. Greater Kruger, South Africa © Braeme Holland

📷 A rather mischievious-looking vervet monkey eyes out the photographer. Greater Kruger, South Africa © Braeme Holland


A young lion chews on the remains of a wildebeest. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Eduardo del Alamo

📷 A young lion chews on the remains of a wildebeest. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Eduardo del Alamo

Two painted wolf (African wild dog) puppies folic playfully in the later afternoon sun. Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Braeme Holland

📷 Two painted wolf (African wild dog) puppies frolic playfully in the late afternoon sun. Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Braeme Holland

Up close of lichen growing on a bougainvillea plant. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa © Leon Heyes

📷 Up-close of lichen growing on a bougainvillaea plant. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa © Leon Heyes

A rock kestrel on the lookout for potential prey. Giant's Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa © Leon Heyes

📷 A rock kestrel on the lookout for potential prey. Giant’s Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa © Leon Heyes

The lioness named "Longneck" and three of her cubs. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Ivan Glaser

📷 The lioness named “Longneck” and three of her cubs. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Ivan Glaser


Aerial photo of the wetlands in the summer season. Gauteng, South Africa © Deborah Jordan

📷 Aerial photo of the wetlands in the summer season. Gauteng, South Africa © Deborah Jordan

A lilac-breasted roller carrying a dead grasshopper in its beak lifts its wings to take off. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania © Nick Dale

📷 A lilac-breasted roller carrying a dead grasshopper in its beak lifts its wings to take off. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania © Nick Dale

An aardvark foraging in the evening light. In winter these elusive animals tend to come out of their burrows in the afternoon to maximise their feeding time. Southern Kalahari, South Africa © Laura Christie

📷 An aardvark foraging in the evening light. In winter, these elusive and usually nocturnal animals tend to come out of their burrows in the afternoon to maximise their feeding time. Southern Kalahari, South Africa © Laura Christie

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