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After an exhausting final selection process involving many hours of both technical analysis and heartfelt opinions from our judges, we were faced with the exhilarating task of having to choose an overall winner and category winners for this year's Photographer of the Year competition. Have a look at this post to see how difficult choosing a winner became.


We have been extraordinarily privileged to have had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the rich stories and emotion evoked by the deserving finalists' images. And we came to a collective understanding through this: that standout photography presents the perfect mixture of the moment captured by the photographer and the ensuing emotional reaction and journey for the viewer.


We felt that the overall winner's photo would be the one that told the most engaging story – the one that spoke to all of us on a deep, emotional level. And the one that we hope will convey its underlying message to all our community spread far and wide across the world.


The 2017 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition has been brought to you by Land Rover and Canon.


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. The two other category 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.


Congratulations to all our winners! And thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating Africa!


Navigation: Click on the arrow buttons on the side of each image to navigate through this exquisite gallery of our competition winners.