The best 101 photos

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Africa Geographic Editorial
Friday, 10 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 first of our finalists: The Top 101! Keep an eye out for the upcoming galleries in May as we continue announcing 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 the Top 101. To see the other galleries for the Top 101 click here: Top 101 Gallery 1Top 101 Gallery 3, and Top 101 Gallery 4.

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"Hugs" – a lion family in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Patrice Quillard

“Hugs” – a lion family in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Patrice Quillard

A critically endangered walia ibex ram basks in the sun on a cold winter's morning, Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia © Hesté de Beer

A critically endangered walia ibex ram basks in the sun on a cold winter’s morning, Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia © Hesté de Beer

Four white rhinos meet for a morning catch up in a reserve in South Africa © Amanda Tatham

Four white rhinos meet for a morning catch up in a reserve in South Africa © Amanda Tatham

"Sun and moon" – a lion, blind in one eye, in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Ernest Porter

“Sun and moon” – a lion, blind in one eye, in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Ernest Porter

'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

Sandy anemones, West Coast, South Africa © Geo Cloete

Sandy anemones, West Coast, South Africa © Geo Cloete

"Flamingo canvas" – Lake Turkana, Kenya © Thomas Vijayan

“Flamingo canvas” – Lake Turkana, Kenya © Thomas Vijayan

A leopardess and the super blood wolf moon, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Sean Parker

A leopardess and the super blood wolf moon, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Sean Parker

A Mursi woman in Omo Valley, Ethiopia © Janet Regan

A Mursi woman in Omo Valley, Ethiopia © Janet Regan

A Cape buffalo in near-perfect dried mud camouflage rests during the midday heat, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa © Bruce Miller

A Cape buffalo in near-perfect dried mud camouflage rests during the midday heat, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Bruce Miller

Portrait of a spotted hyena, Kruger National Park, South Africa © Ian Ground

Portrait of a spotted hyena, Kruger National Park, South Africa © Ian Ground

Dust is kicked up as springbok run from a cheetah in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Michiel Duvenhage

Dust is kicked up as springbok run from a cheetah in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Michiel Duvenhage

A male lion growls to warn off the lionesses nearby while feeding on a giraffe carcass, Kruger National Park, South Africa © Marc de Chalain

A male lion growls to warn off the lionesses nearby while feeding on a giraffe carcass, Kruger National Park, South Africa © Marc de Chalain

"Watching me, watching you" – Okavango Delta, Botswana © Clare Doolan

“Watching me, watching you” – Okavango Delta, Botswana © Clare Doolan

An impressive silverback mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo © Hesté de Beer

An impressive silverback mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo © Hesté de Beer

'A moment of thought' – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Dalida Innes

“A moment of thought” – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Dalida Innes

An elephant calf tries to climb on top of another in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Kyle Strautmann

An elephant calf tries to climb on top of another in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Kyle Strautmann

Lion cubs play in Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa © Hesté de Beer

Lion cubs play in Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa © Hesté de Beer

A plaintive rain frog spotted in the Eastern Cape, South Africa © Tyrone Ping

A plaintive rain frog spotted in the Eastern Cape, South Africa © Tyrone Ping

A lion cub still of nursing age lies under his mother after sharing in meat from a zebra kill, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Yarin Klein

A lion cub still of nursing age lies under his mother after sharing in meat from a zebra kill, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Yarin Klein

'King of the dung' in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa © Manuel Alexander Graf

“King of the dung” in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa © Manuel Alexander Graf

'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 lion cub fast asleep between the branches of a fallen tree, Etosha National Park, Namibia © Anja Denker

A lion cub fast asleep between the branches of a fallen tree, Etosha National Park, Namibia © Anja Denker

A jumping spider (Hyllus sp.) in a folded leaf in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa © Eraine van Schalkwyk

A jumping spider (Hyllus sp.) in a folded leaf in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa © Eraine van Schalkwyk

Meerkats on the lookout for possible danger in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Prof. Gert Lamprecht

Meerkats on the lookout for possible danger in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Prof. Gert Lamprecht

ALSO IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE

GALLERY

To see the other galleries for the Top 101 click here: Top 101 Gallery 1Top 101 Gallery 3, and Top 101 Gallery 4.

Photographer of the Year 2019 Top 101 Gallery 1

Photographer of the Year 2019 Top 101 Gallery 3

Photographer of the Year 2019 Top 101 Gallery 4

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