Revisiting the best Photographer of the Year 2017 entries

Africa Geographic Editorial
Friday, 01 December 2017

December 1st marks the start of our Photographer of the Year 2018 competition! To celebrate the occasion we have taken a stroll down memory lane to look back at our previous year’s winners and finalists.

In this edition we share with you the selection of world-class photos that made the finals of the 2017 competition and in an additional gallery we celebrate the best photos from 2015 and 2016. We hope that this serves as inspiration for this year’s competition and we look forward to receiving your awesome photos.

Enter your photos in our 2018 competition by making your way to our entry page where you’ll find the online entry form, along with entry details, rules and prizes. 

Overall Winner – Photographer of the Year 2017

An elephant calf being hugged by two trunks

“Circles of protection” in South Africa’s Eastern Cape © John Vosloo

Culture category winner

Ethiopian woman in traditional dress

“Proud” in Omo Valley, Ethiopia © Christophe Lapeze

Travel category winner

Quiver trees in the Richtersveld, South Africa

Quiver trees in the Richtersveld, South Africa © Willem Kruger


Lion covered in mud in a tree

“Thirsty look” in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Panos Laskarakis

Elephant bull in Etosha National Park

“Majestic elephant bull” in Namibia © Annemarie du Plessis

A lion family walking at sunset

A lion family at sunset in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Anja Gröbel

Leopard leaping through the air

Leopard spotted during a game count in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa © Bryan Havemann

An adder camouflaged in the sand

“Now you see me, now you don’t” – a Peringuey’s adder in the Namib Desert, Namibia © Tyrone Ping

Close up photo of a gorilla

“Humankind” – western lowland gorilla in Dja Faunal Reserve, Cameroon © Björn Persson


Cheetah standing in the rain

A magical shower in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania © George Turner

Jackal jumping in the air to catch a bird

“He who adapts best, wins!” in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa/Botswana © Johan Mocke

Lions catching a wildebeest calf

“Wildebeest hunt” in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa © Jacques de Klerk

Muddy leopard catching its prey

“The perfect catch” in Savute, Chobe National Park, Botswana © James Gifford

Close up photo of an elephant

“The inquisitive one” in South Africa’s Eastern Cape © Andrew Aveley

Close up of a hyena gazing

Hyena gazing up longingly in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Greg McCall-Peat


Close up of a pangolin

“Tools of the trade” in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa © Mark Smith

Close up of a rhino calf

“Innocence” in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa © Andrea Galli

A pack of hyenas on the hunt

“On the prowl” in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Nicholas Dyer

Close up of a gorilla

“Morning yawn” in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda © Nelis Wolmarans

Bird steals prey from another bird

“Disappointment in the air” in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Olli Teirilä

Crocodile camouflaged in the mud

“Eyes wide open” in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Ross Couper

A Cape robin-chat in the rain

A Cape robin-chat enjoys a bath in Cape Town, South Africa © Dionne Miles

Baby hyena with feathers on its nose

“As light as a feather” in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Senka Gavrilovic

Close up of a Gelada monkey

Gelada monkey portrait in the Ethiopian Highlands © Patrice Quillard

Cheetah walking in the plains

“I see you too!” in Etosha National Park, Namibia © Dave Gale

A rock monitor hides in a tree

A rock monitor hides in a tree in Ndumo Game Reserve, South Africa © Ernest Porter

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  • Pete Viney

    I love Africa and want to return. These photos increase the desire!

  • Johan Jooste Snr

    There is some truly “out of this world” pictures here. I am however quite disappointed that the judges have chosen an obvious “over-exposed” taken in harsh light picture as “Culture Category Winner”.