The best photos
of the week

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Africa Geographic Editorial
Friday, 03 May 2019

Our Photographer of the Year 2019 competition is brought to you by Airlink, with a stunning prize provided by Klaserie Drift Safari Camps. The competition has now closed for entries and this week we will look at the last remaining entries chosen for the Weekly Selection galleries. Keep an eye out for the upcoming galleries in May as we announce the finalists and eventually the winners at the end of the month!

The competition runs from December 2018 through to the end of April 2019, and there is a great prize up for grabs! The overall winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up (along with their partners), will experience the ultimate private safari at Amani Safari Camp and the soon-to-be-launched Misava Safari Camp, located in the heart of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Read about the safari enjoyed by the 2018 winners here.

There are four galleries showcasing this week’s Weekly Selection. To see the other galleries for this week’s selection click here: Weekly Selection Gallery 1, Weekly Selection Gallery 3, and Weekly Selection Gallery 4.

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"Best pillow in the world" – a lion cub rests with his mother in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Yaron Schmid

“Best pillow in the world” – a lion cub rests with his mother in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Yaron Schmid

A sub-adult male drill monkey displays in Afi Mountain Drill Ranch, Nigeria © Jonathan Mbu

A sub-adult male drill monkey displays in Afi Mountain Drill Ranch, Nigeria © Jonathan Mbu

Cheetahs sighted in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa © Mark Milwicki

Cheetahs sighted in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa © Mark Milwicki

Textures on the back of an elephant’s ear in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Ernest Porter

Textures on the back of an elephant’s ear in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Ernest Porter

A glimpse of a lioness and her cub hiding deep within a bush in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa © Alan Smith

A glimpse of a lioness and her cub hiding deep within a bush in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa © Alan Smith

Mark, the magnificent dominant silverback mountain gorilla from the Nyakagezi group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda © Bronwyn Hughes

Mark, the magnificent dominant silverback mountain gorilla from the Nyakagezi group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda © Bronwyn Hughes

Green pea spider (Araneus apricus) and prey in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa © Eraine van Schalkwyk

Green pea spider (Araneus apricus) and prey in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa © Eraine van Schalkwyk

Chocolate Hill in the limelight after 2mm of rain in southern Namib, Namibia © Sanet Rossouw

Chocolate Hill in the limelight after 2mm of rain in southern Namib, Namibia © Sanet Rossouw

Up close with a giraffe in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Ross Couper

Up close with a giraffe in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Ross Couper

A leopard cub almost disappears in the tall grass in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya © Faraaz Abdool

A leopard cub almost disappears in the tall grass in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya © Faraaz Abdool

Giraffes and a passing rain cloud in Etosha National Park, Namibia © Jandré Germishuizen

Giraffes and a passing rain cloud in Etosha National Park, Namibia © Jandré Germishuizen

A giraffe takes a drink at a waterhole in Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Annemarie du Plessis

A giraffe takes a drink at a waterhole in Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Annemarie du Plessis

Hyena cubs compete to assert their dominance over the group in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Patrice Quillard

Hyena cubs compete to assert their dominance over the group in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Patrice Quillard

An African rock python in Marakele National Park, South Africa © Keith Hol

An African rock python in Marakele National Park, South Africa © Keith Hol

"Pre-dawn with red-billed queleas" in Zakouma National Park, Chad © Michael Lorentz

“Pre-dawn with red-billed queleas” in Zakouma National Park, Chad © Michael Lorentz

"Garden of Eden" – colourful soft corals in Sanganeb Marine National Park, Sudan © Pier Mane

“Garden of Eden” – colourful soft corals in Sanganeb Marine National Park, Sudan © Pier Mane

A young female leopard resting in a dead tree in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Willem Landman

A young female leopard resting in a dead tree in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Willem Landman

A cheetah descends a tree in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Mark Fitzsimmons

A cheetah descends a tree in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Mark Fitzsimmons

A Cape sugarbird on a king protea in the Slanghoek Valley, South Africa © Gideon Malherbe

A Cape sugarbird on a king protea in the Slanghoek Valley, South Africa © Gideon Malherbe

Cheetah cubs spotted in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Chris Kotze

Cheetah cubs spotted in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Chris Kotze

"In the herd – I suddenly found myself surrounded by a large giraffe herd when I was lucky to get this shot." – Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Björn Persson

“In the herd – I suddenly found myself surrounded by a large giraffe herd when I was lucky to get this shot.” – Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Björn Persson

"Mud and guts" in Zakouma National Park, Chad © Michael Lorentz

“Mud and guts” in Zakouma National Park, Chad © Michael Lorentz

A crab spider covered in pollen in Johannesburg, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

A crab spider covered in pollen in Johannesburg, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

Cheetah brothers survey the grasslands looking for their next meal in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Ilze du Toit

Cheetah brothers survey the grasslands looking for their next meal in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Ilze du Toit

The matriarch leads the way while feeding in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Jaco Beukman

The matriarch leads the way while feeding in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Jaco Beukman

"Already hesitant to cross the water, these lionesses spotted another lioness in the long grass on the other side and stopped in their tracks." – Khwai, Botswana © Willem Landman

“Already hesitant to cross the water, these lionesses spotted another lioness in the long grass on the other side and stopped in their tracks.” – Khwai, Botswana © Willem Landman

Aerial view over Okavango Delta, Botswana © Prelena Soma Owen

Aerial view over Okavango Delta, Botswana © Prelena Soma Owen

"It's my bone" – Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Tim Nicklin

“It’s my bone” – Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Tim Nicklin

A long whip coral forms a beautiful spiral in Sanganeb Marine National Park, Sudan © Pier Mane

A long whip coral forms a beautiful spiral in Sanganeb Marine National Park, Sudan © Pier Mane

"Headless and grinning, this was the somewhat gruesome sight of the remains of an olive baboon, hanging from the mouth of a male lion. This encounter had a primeval feeling about it, a natural sense of vulnerability going back to days when man was not the top predator on the plains of Africa but rather part of nature's food chain." – Zakouma National Park, Chad © Matt Todd

“Headless and grinning, this was the somewhat gruesome sight of the remains of an olive baboon, hanging from the mouth of a male lion. This encounter had a primeval feeling about it, a natural sense of vulnerability going back to days when man was not the top predator on the plains of Africa but rather part of nature’s food chain.” – Zakouma National Park, Chad © Matt Todd

A lilac-breasted roller throws his lunch up into the air in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Andrew Morgan

A lilac-breasted roller throws his lunch up into the air in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Andrew Morgan

"This image attempts to highlight two precious elements of the African continent in a celebratory manner. An elephant in all his glory and detail as well as precious water, without which the continent and its stunning wildlife would simply not survive – all set against a bright and hopeful background of a rising sun over Africa bringing daily new and fresh optimism." – Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa © John Vosloo

“This image attempts to highlight two precious elements of the African continent in a celebratory manner. An elephant in all his glory and detail as well as precious water, without which the continent and its stunning wildlife would simply not survive – all set against a bright and hopeful background of a rising sun over Africa bringing daily new and fresh optimism.” – Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa © John Vosloo

Lion portrait taken in Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa © Armand Grobler

Lion portrait taken in Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa © Armand Grobler

"The soul of an elephant" – Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

“The soul of an elephant” – Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

A lioness walks down a kopje in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Rahul Sachdev

A lioness walks down a kopje in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Rahul Sachdev

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To see the other galleries for this week’s selection click here: Weekly Selection Gallery 1, Weekly Selection Gallery 3, and Weekly Selection Gallery 4.

 

 

 

 

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