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After reviewing almost 10,000 entries to the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 competition, brought to you by Canon and Cape Union Mart, and narrowing those down to just 15 finalists, the time has come for our panel of judges to choose the winners for each of the competition categories - travel/scenic, traditional culture, and wildlife.

   This has been no easy feat and there has been a great deal of deliberation as to which photographers have pushed the limits and their camera settings to capture the spirit of Africa through the lens. A Canon EOS 70D Body and 18-135 IS STM Kit is ready and waiting for the overall winner next week, who can use it to take more fantastic photos in Mozambique while they're being pampered for five nights at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, just a short inclusive Airlink flight away from Johannesburg.

   And all is not lost for the two runners-up either, as they will have two nights to recover from all of the excitement at either Tintswalo Atlantic in Cape Town or African Luxury Hideaways’ Elephant’s Eye in Hwange.

   

Meanwhile, more than 200,000 votes have been cast by our Facebook community over the past few months to help to decide which photo will qualify as the "most popular" for each category. The overall audience favourite will be announced next week, and the winner of this coveted title will be heading off to iSimangaliso Wetland Park to spend three nights at Mseni Lodge in Sodwana Bay. They will also have the chance to go turtling with Ufudu tours for two of those nights, and will enjoy an excursion to the nearby uMkhuze section for a game viewing experience during their stay.

   

So click on the 'Next' button above each image to not only find out the category winners in this year's competition, but also to discover which three category images have been the "most popular" - as voted by you! We are also delighted to start giving away prizes as ALL SIX of these category finalists have won a Wildlife Photographic Course from Big 5 Photos at the value of ZAR1,500 each. The fun starts now!

   

Stay tuned for the overall winner and the audience favourite, which will be announced on Friday, 27th May. Who will be crowned Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016?!