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The 2017 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition, brought to you by Land Rover and Canon, opened for entries on 1 December 2016.

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 Klaserie Sands River Camp or 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.

The following gallery showcases a selection of great images submitted during the very first week of the competition but it is still early days! Get your entries in now by clicking here for more details.