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 2, and Top 101 Gallery 3.

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A young elephant poses for the camera in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Kevin Dooley

A young elephant poses for the camera in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Kevin Dooley

'The wolf amongst the sheep' – a painted wolf (African wild dog) with its pack in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Ross Couper

“The wolf amongst the sheep” – a painted wolf (African wild dog) with its pack in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Ross Couper

Salt caravans begin their westward journey after sunset in the Afar Depression, Ethiopia © Hesté de Beer

Salt caravans begin their westward journey after sunset in the Afar Depression, Ethiopia © Hesté de Beer

A leopard tortoise with a swarm of brown-veined butterflies looking for moisture 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

A hippo surfaces out of the water at speed in Chobe National Park, Botswana © Deena Sveinsson

A hippo surfaces out of the water at speed in Chobe National Park, Botswana © Deena Sveinsson

A lioness with her curious cubs in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Licinia Machado

A lioness with her curious cubs in Kruger National Park, South Africa © Licinia Machado

'Brave' – a black-backed jackal sneaks unobtrusively amongst sparring elephant bulls to catch an unsuspecting guineafowl at a waterhole in Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana © Jackie Badenhorst

“Brave” – a black-backed jackal sneaks unobtrusively amongst sparring elephant bulls to catch an unsuspecting guineafowl at a waterhole in Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana © Jackie Badenhorst

An eyed-flower mantis mimics flower petals to give it advantage over potential predators in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa © Tanya Nadauld

An eyed-flower mantis mimics flower petals to give it advantage over potential predators in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa © Tanya Nadauld

A sociable weaver colony, with a storm brewing in the distance in Sesriem, Namibia © Gary Proctor

A sociable weaver colony, with a storm brewing in the distance in Sesriem, Namibia © Gary Proctor

"This male leopard retrieved his warthog kill from a spotted hyena. Here he is running with the kill away from the hyena towards a tree." – Kruger National Park, South Africa © Ernest Porter

“This male leopard retrieved his warthog kill from a spotted hyena. Here he is running with the kill away from the hyena towards a tree.” – Kruger National Park, South Africa © Ernest Porter

'The Grevy’s zebra illusion' – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya © Yaron Schmid

“The Grevy’s zebra illusion” – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya © Yaron Schmid

A muddy rhino in a reserve in South Africa © Kevin Dooley

A muddy rhino in a reserve in South Africa © Kevin Dooley

Red-billed queleas captured at a slow shutter speed in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

Red-billed queleas captured at a slow shutter speed in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

A portrait of a Wodaabe dancer caught by the light of the sun, Chad © Trevor Cole

A portrait of a Wodaabe dancer caught by the light of the sun, Chad © Trevor Cole

Juvenile Cape foxes suckle on their mother in Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa © Hesté de Beer

Juvenile Cape foxes suckle on their mother in Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa © Hesté de Beer

'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

'Thirsty fellow' in Tsavo West National Park, Kenya © Tim Nicklin

“Thirsty fellow” in Tsavo West National Park, Kenya © Tim Nicklin

A branch of scaly-feathered finches in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Charmaine Joubert

A branch of scaly-feathered finches in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Charmaine Joubert

A close up of an elephant's foot, taken from a submerged hide in Botswana © Peter Reitze

A close up of an elephant’s foot, taken from a submerged hide in Botswana © Peter Reitze

A close up underexposed image of a Nile crocodile in the Chobe River, Botswana © Joe Knapman

A close up underexposed image of a Nile crocodile in the Chobe River, Botswana © Joe Knapman

An elephant calf finds safety by its mother while in the Chobe River, Botswana © Panos Laskaraki

An elephant calf finds safety by its mother while in the Chobe River, Botswana © Panos Laskaraki

A rescued and released black-bellied pangolin in Cameroon © Angelia Young / Tikki Hywood Foundation

A rescued and released black-bellied pangolin in Cameroon © Angelia Young / Tikki Hywood Foundation

An elephant calf is picked up by its mother after falling into a waterhole in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa © Cornel Eksteen

An elephant calf is picked up by its mother after falling into a waterhole in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa © Cornel Eksteen

"A sun pillar breaks through the clouds from above and almost points at the rhino as the chosen one." – Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Björn Persson

“A sun pillar breaks through the clouds from above and almost points at the rhino as the chosen one.” – Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Björn Persson

A juvenile mountain gorilla watches others play from a distant treetop in Virunga National Park, DR Congo © Hesté de Beer

A juvenile mountain gorilla watches others play from a distant treetop in Virunga National Park, DR Congo © Hesté de Beer

ALSO IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE

GALLERY

To see the other galleries for the Top 101 click here: Top 101 Gallery 1Top 101 Gallery 2, and Top 101 Gallery 3.

Photographer of the Year 2019 Top 101 Gallery 1

Photographer of the Year 2019 Top 101 Gallery 2

Photographer of the Year 2019 Top 101 Gallery 3

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