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Best photos of the week

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Africa Geographic Editorial

Friday, 24 January 2020

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 in full swing and 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.
There are two galleries showcasing this week’s Weekly Selection. To see the other galleries click here: Gallery 2, Gallery 3
Get your entries in now and join us in celebrating Africa! Click here for more details about how to enter

Airlink

One of the male lions that forms part of a coalition that dominates the Ngwehla area. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe © Riaan Olivier

📷 This male lion is a member of a coalition that dominates the Ngwehla area. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe © Riaan Olivier

A gathering of elephants. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Kevin Dooley

📷 A gathering of elephants in. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Kevin Dooley

Serra da Leba mountain pass near Lubango. Angola © Evan Naude

📷 Serra da Leba mountain pass near Lubango, Angola © Evan Naude

Airlink

Young black mamba catching the morning glow of the sun before setting off on her morning hunt. Maun, Botswana © Mark Flatt

📷 Black mamba catching the morning glow of the sun before setting off on her morning hunt. Maun, Botswana © Mark Flatt

Southern ground-hornbill with a caterpillar. Kruger National Park, South Africa © Robert Holmwood

📷 Southern ground-hornbill with a caterpillar. Kruger National Park, South Africa © Robert Holmwood

An impala attempts to jump away from a painted wolf (African wild dog). Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana © Fabio Vegetti

📷 An impala leaps high to escape a painted wolf (African wild dog). Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana © Fabio Vegetti

A crocodile opens its eyes while resting in a muddy pool. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Jens Cullmann

📷 “There is danger in the mud”. A crocodile opens its eyes while resting in a muddy pool. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Jens Cullmann


Leopard brothers playing on the rocks. Samburu National Reserve, Kenya © Trish Hennessy

📷 Leopard brothers playing on the rocks. Samburu National Reserve, Kenya © Trish Hennessy

On the crater's rim. Mount Nyiragongo, DR Congo © Susana Silvestre

📷 On the crater’s rim. Mount Nyiragongo, DR Congo © Susana Silvestre


Up close of a leopard's paw and claws while it holds down an impala. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana © Zaheer Ali

📷 Up close of a leopard’s paw and claws while it holds down an impala. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana © Zaheer Ali

Two elephants crossing paths create an intriguing visual effect. Etosha National Park, Namibia © Jeff Harrisberg

📷 Two elephants crossing paths create an intriguing visual effect. Etosha National Park, Namibia © Jeff Harrisberg


A purple heron with a gecko. Lake Panic, Kruger National Park, South Africa © Leon Heyes

📷 A purple heron with a gecko. Lake Panic, Kruger National Park, South Africa © Leon Heyes

Detailed shot of a zebra's nose and mouth. Kruger National Park, South Africa © Dominique Maree

📷 Detailed shot of a zebra’s muzzle. Kruger National Park, South Africa © Dominique Maree

Lions fight over an impala carcass. Chobe National Park, Botswana © Francis Bompard

📷 Lions fight over an impala carcass. Chobe National Park, Botswana © Francis Bompard

Backlit shot of a spotted hyena as it moves in to feed on a zebra carcass. Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa © Rupert Bridgman

📷 Backlit shot of a spotted hyena as it moves in to feed on a zebra carcass. Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa © Rupert Bridgman


Elephants heading towards water. Kruger National Park, South Africa © Sophie Brown

📷 Elephants heading towards the water. Kruger National Park, South Africa © Sophie Brown

Battersby green snake coming down a palm tree in Karura Forest. Nairobi, Kenya © Tim Nicklin

📷 Battersby’s green snake (Philothamnus battersbyi) descending a palm tree in Karura Forest. Nairobi, Kenya © Tim Nicklin

Spotted hyena cub emerges from a den into the golden light. Kruger National Park, South Africa © Willem Kruger

📷 Spotted hyena cub emerges from a den into the golden light. Kruger National Park, South Africa © Willem Kruger

Maasai man gathering wood in a desolate landscape, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Alice van Kempen

📷 Maasai man gathering wood in a desolate landscape, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Alice van Kempen

A scenic flight above the 'Eye of Sahara'. Chinguetti, Mauritania © Miguel Bruno

📷 A scenic flight above the ‘Eye of Sahara’. Chinguetti, Mauritania © Miguel Bruno

Baby elephant resting between its mother's feet. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Jens Cullmann

📷 Baby elephant resting between his mother’s feet. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Jens Cullmann

📷 Exploring the dunes in Sossusvlei. Namib Desert, Namibia © Chanèl Rossouw

Magical spectacle of light and colour at sunset at the Avenue of the Baobabs. Madagascar © Kim Paffen

📷 The magical spectacle of light and colour at sunset at the Avenue of the Baobabs. Madagascar © Kim Paffen

Cheetah brothers look out into the valley. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Yarin Klein

📷 Cheetah brothers look out into the valley. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Yarin Klein

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ALSO IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE

GALLERY
To see the other galleries for this week’s selection click here: Gallery 2, Gallery 3

Enter our Photographer of the Year 2020

Our Photographer of the Year 2020 is now open for entries! For more information, and to enter your photographs, have a look at our dedicated competition page here.
Photographer of the Year 2020 competition