The best photos
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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 2, and Weekly Selection Gallery 4.

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Lion cubs look up at their mother while at a wildebeest kill in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Daniel Koen

Lion cubs look up at their mother while at a wildebeest kill in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Daniel Koen

A young mountain gorilla plays in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Avi Dvilansky

A young mountain gorilla plays in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Avi Dvilansky

A crab spider (Thomisus stenningi) awaiting prey on a water lily in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa © Eraine van Schalkwyk

A crab spider (Thomisus stenningi) awaiting prey on a water lily in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa © Eraine van Schalkwyk

A lion cub rests in a giant cactus in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda © Somdev Sen

A lion cub rests in a euphorbia in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda © Somdev Sen

"This celebrates the miracle of continuation of life in Africa despite the hardships in the wild" – Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa © John Vosloo

“This celebrates the miracle of continuation of life in Africa despite the hardships in the wild” – Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa © John Vosloo

A leopard tortoise with a swarm of brown-veined butterflies in Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana © Hubert Janiszewski

A leopard tortoise with a swarm of brown-veined butterflies looking for moisture in Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana © Hubert Janiszewski

"Wear and tear of a buffalo boss" – Balule Private Nature Reserve, South Africa © Angele Rouillard-Sanders

“Wear and tear of a buffalo boss” – Balule Private Nature Reserve, South Africa © Angele Rouillard-Sanders

Hout Bay on a clear day, taken from Chapman's Peak, Cape Town, South Africa © Jaco Beukman

Hout Bay on a clear day, taken from Chapman’s Peak, Cape Town, South Africa © Jaco Beukman

A black-backed jackal hunts Cape turtle doves in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Willem Landman

A black-backed jackal hunts Cape turtle doves in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Willem Landman

Maasai warriors watch on as the women approach the shores of Lake Natron in Tanzania © Hesté De Beer

Maasai warriors watch on as the women approach the shores of Lake Natron in Tanzania © Hesté De Beer

"During this dive, my eye was drawn to what looked might be the biggest red-eye amphipod I have ever seen. Looking through the viewfinder however, revealed a far more surprising discovery. I almost forgot to keep on breathing as I watch a number of these amphipods working together to hunt down another critter. I always thought that working together like that to bring hunt down a prey was a behaviour reserved to much more developed species. This frame was captured after they have brought down their prey and started to feed on it." – False Bay, South Africa © Geo Cloete

“During this dive, my eye was drawn to what looked might be the biggest red-eye amphipod I have ever seen. Looking through the viewfinder however, revealed a far more surprising discovery. I almost forgot to keep on breathing as I watch a number of these amphipods working together to hunt down another critter. I always thought that working together like that to bring hunt down a prey was a behaviour reserved to much more developed species. This frame was captured after they have brought down their prey and started to feed on it.” – False Bay, South Africa © Geo Cloete

"An old tusker rubbing himself against a lonesome tree almost as if in comfort or consolation" – Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Björn Persson

“An old tusker rubbing himself against a lonesome tree almost as if in comfort or consolation” – Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Björn Persson

"To me this juvenile lion illustrated why he is known as and will become the supreme King of the Africa Bush. Already, at this tender age his attitude, pose, deadly serious demeanour and general attitude shows us what he is actually and to a very large extent he himself, his mere existence embodies and celebrates Africa." – Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © John Vosloo

“To me this juvenile lion illustrated why he is known as the supreme King of the Africa Bush. Even at this tender age his attitude, pose, deadly serious demeanour and general attitude are clear to see.” – Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © John Vosloo

A red-billed quelea flock rests on a tree in Ongava Game Reserve, Namibia © Natalya Privalenko

A red-billed quelea flock rests on a tree in Ongava Game Reserve, Namibia © Natalya Privalenko

Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo © Björn Persson

Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo © Björn Persson

A group of zebras stay close together for protection as they quickly quench their thirst at a waterhole in Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Björn Persson

A group of zebras stay close together for protection as they quickly quench their thirst at a waterhole in Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Björn Persson

A field mouse spotted in a flower bush in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Charlene Bacchioni

A field mouse spotted in a flower bush in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Charlene Bacchioni

An elephant herd approaches a waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia © Annette Ligthelm

An elephant herd approaches a waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia © Annette Ligthelm

A female coot tends to her newly hatched chick, while watching over the sibling trying to break out of its shell at Zibulu Colliery Hides, South Africa © Karen Blackwood

A female coot tends to her newly hatched chick, while watching over the sibling trying to break out of its shell at Zibulu Colliery Hides, South Africa © Karen Blackwood

The landscape in the Drakensberg Mountain Range, South Africa © Robert Kaemba

The landscape in the Drakensberg Mountain Range, South Africa © Robert Kaemba

A lion cub peers through a hole in the carcass in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

A lion cub peers through a hole in the carcass in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

A hyena checks for approaching danger while feeding on an elephant carcass in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Gerald Hinde

A hyena checks for approaching danger while feeding on an elephant carcass in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Gerald Hinde

A Pickersgill's reed frog perches on a plant on a farm in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa © Ingrid Sellschop

A Pickersgill’s reed frog perches on a plant on a farm in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa © Ingrid Sellschop

"If there is one thing I learn time and time again it is that once you think you've seen everything Africa shows you something mind boggling. This photo was taken in the south of Namibia while traversing over some of the most amazingly shaped mountain series I have ever seen." – Namibia © Jandré Germishuizen

“If there is one thing I learn time and time again it is that once you think you’ve seen everything Africa shows you something mind boggling. This photo was taken in the south of Namibia while traversing over some of the most amazingly shaped mountain series I have ever seen.” – Namibia © Jandré Germishuizen

A Verreaux’s eagle chases a pied crow in Water Sisulu National Botanical Garden, South Africa © Ernest Porter

A Verreaux’s eagle chases a pied crow in Water Sisulu National Botanical Garden, South Africa © Ernest Porter

A tree squirrel in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Wilmari Porter

A tree squirrel in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Wilmari Porter

Giraffes in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Kush Patel

Giraffes in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Kush Patel

A swallow-tailed bee-eater exits the burrow after feeding its young in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Willem Landman

A swallow-tailed bee-eater exits the burrow after feeding its young in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Willem Landman

The Elsa lion pride makes a retreat after attempting to stalk a herd of buffaloes in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Rudolf Hug

The Elsa lion pride makes a retreat after attempting to stalk a herd of buffaloes in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Rudolf Hug

A black-backed jackal at dusk in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Mart-Mari Duvenhage

A black-backed jackal at dusk in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Mart-Mari Duvenhage

A leucistic zebra spotted in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya © Yaron Schmid

A leucistic zebra spotted in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya © Yaron Schmid

Lions play after an early morning drink at a waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia © André Ligthelm

Lions play after an early morning drink at a waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia © André Ligthelm

"With only 400+ left on the continent, the Ethiopian wolf is Africa's rarest canid" – Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia ©  Michael Lorentz

“With only 400+ left on the continent, the Ethiopian wolf is Africa’s rarest canid” – Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia © Michael Lorentz

A curious painted wolf (African wild dog) in Okavango Delta, Botswana © Lori Denham

A curious painted wolf (African wild dog) in Okavango Delta, Botswana © Lori Denham

"Sailors from the deep – a Portuguese man-o’-war (Physalia utriculus) in the Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town, South Africa © Geo Cloete

“Sailors from the deep – a Portuguese man-o’-war (Physalia utriculus) in the Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town, South Africa © Geo Cloete

A pride of adult and sub-adult lionesses huddle tightly to avoid the morning chill in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Lakshitha Karunarathna

A pride of adult and sub-adult lionesses huddle tightly to avoid the morning chill in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Lakshitha Karunarathna

A mating pair of lions captured in the early morning in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya ©  Preeti & Prashant Chacko

A mating pair of lions captured in the early morning in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Preeti & Prashant Chacko

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To see the other galleries for this week’s selection click here: Weekly Selection Gallery 1, Weekly Selection Gallery 2, and Weekly Selection Gallery 4.



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