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weekly selection 1 - 2021 photographer of the year

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Team Africa Geographic

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Our Photographer of the Year 2021 is open for submissions!

There are cash prizes of US$10,000 for the overall winner and the two runners-up. They and their partners will also join our CEO Simon Espley and his wife Lizz on the ultimate private safari in Botswana.

The competition runs from January to June 2021. Get your entries in now and join us in celebrating Africa!

Proudly brought to you by Hemmersbach Rhino Force and Natural Selection.

Here are the best submissions for this week: 

A trio of zebras strike an accidental pose while waiting for the chance to drink. Tsavo West National Park, Kenya ©Tim Nicklin
An uncomfortably hot and agitated white rhino bull interrupts his mud wallow to assert his dominance as a rhino cow and her calf approach. South Africa ©Darren Donovan
A black-winged kite (Elanus caeruleus) decapitates a rodent and prepares to swallow it whole. Nairobi National Park, Kenya ©Robin Backhouse
A territorial fight breaks out between rival male ground agamas. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa ©Hesté de Beer
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A vigilant female leopard tenderly carries her young cub to the next suitable hiding place. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya ©Derek Howes
A vibrantly coloured brown-headed parrot. Kruger National Park, South Africa ©Joschka Voss
A leopard cleans the face of her cub after feeding on an impala lamb. Kruger National Park, South Africa ©Rian Boshoff
Every ridge and scale of a leopard tortoise is highlighted as it quenches its thirst. Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, South Africa ©Nathan Kinnear
A squirrel snatches the opportunity to scurry past a lazing leopard. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa ©Michael Raddall
A leopard is dwarfed by the tree it is using as a vantage point to survey its surroundings. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania ©Kaido Haagen
A bright-eyed baby vervet has to learn to adapt to life in a troop. Kruger National Park, South Africa ©Joschka Voss
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This ancient desert survivor, a giant Welwitschia mirabilis plant, is adapted to soak in the dew on these misty mornings. Messum Crater, Namibia ©Heste de Beer
A female leopard and her cub camouflaged against the beautifully textured rock face of a koppie. Kruger National Park, South Africa ©Gary Mills
A black-headed heron selects a small bird for a meal at Leeuwdril waterhole. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa ©Antionette Morkel
A confusion of wildebeest look on with detached curiosity as a leopard locks its jaws around the throat of one of their own. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya ©Derek Howes
The eye of an elephant bull stands out as he playfully enjoys a refreshing dip. Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa ©Darren Donovan
A dead kokerboom (quiver tree) is lit up by sunlight while in the background a storm approaches, bringing much-needed rain after a long drought in the Richtersveld. Springblokvlakte, South Africa ©Hesté de Beer
A silverback mountain gorilla known as Rugendo glances curiously at a group of tourists as he walks by. Near Rumangabo and Mt. Mikeno, Democratic Republic of the Congo ©Dale Davis
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A southern masked weaver hides its face. Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa ©Christian Passeri
A bee collects pollen from the inflorescence of a grass stalk. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa ©Cal Butler
A fly-ridden lioness gently relocates her tiny cub to a safer hiding spot after hearing unfamiliar lion calls nearby. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya ©Ayala Fishaimer
A young elephant calf surrounded by a protective forest of legs and trunks. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa ©Antionette Morkel
An unusual daytime encounter with a four-toed hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris). Ruiru, Kenya ©Robin Backhouse
An imposing desert elephant bull stretches to reach the fruit and leaves of an Ana-tree (Faidherbia albida) near the Hoanib River in northern Namibia. ©Hesté de Beer
Mealtime for a pride of lions is always a tumultuous and aggressive affair. Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa © Darren Donovan

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