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Africa Geographic Editorial
Friday, 17 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 we are excited to announce the Semi-finalists! Only two weeks to go before we announce our winners!

Our semi-finalists stand a chance to win a great prize as 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 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 two galleries showcasing the Semi-finalists. To see the other gallery click here: Semi-finalists Gallery 1

The following gallery of Semi-finalists is in no particular order.

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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 ground pangolin (also known as Temminck’s pangolin) takes a break between eating ants and termites in Namibia © Jacha Potgieter

A ground pangolin (also known as Temminck’s pangolin) takes a break between eating ants and termites in Namibia © Jacha Potgieter

A young mountain gorilla from the Nkuringo family group waits out the rain shower in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Bruce Miller

A young mountain gorilla from the Nkuringo family group waits out the rain shower in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Bruce Miller

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

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

“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

Mzee (100) poses with his wife (90) for a portrait in Jinja, Uganda © Bob Ditty

Mzee (100) poses with his wife (90) for a portrait in Jinja, Uganda © Bob Ditty

“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

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

Baby meerkats at play in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

Baby meerkats at play in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

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 leopardess looks towards the tree where she left her kill the night before in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Randall Ball

A leopardess looks towards the tree where she left her kill the night before in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa © Randall Ball

A white rhino calf refuses to leave its mother after she was darted for a dehorning, South Africa © Hesté de Beer

A white rhino calf refuses to leave its mother after she was darted for a dehorning, South Africa © Hesté de Beer

On a hot day an epauletted fruit bat mother lets her young catch a breeze in her open wing to help cool it down, Balule Private Nature Reserve, South Africa © Anna-Carina Nagel

On a hot day an epauletted fruit bat mother lets her young catch a breeze in her open wing to help cool it down, Balule Private Nature Reserve, South Africa © Anna-Carina Nagel

Spitzkoppe after a dust storm in winter, Namib Desert, Namibia © Hesté de Beer

Spitzkoppe after a dust storm in winter, Namib Desert, Namibia © Hesté de Beer

An egret preens itself in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

An egret preens itself in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa © Prelena Soma Owen

Dust fills the air as wildebeest make their way across the Mara River in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Tania Cholwich

Dust fills the air as wildebeest make their way across the Mara River in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Tania Cholwich

Close up of an alpha female painted wolf (African wild dog) in Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana © Nick Leuenberger

Close up of an alpha female painted wolf (African wild dog) in Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana © Nick Leuenberger

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

“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

“This highly intimate image of an elephant calf suckling its mother is a celebration of the future of these behemoths. He was conceived, born, raised to this stage, healthy and well on his way to becoming a fully grown elephant to partake in the same natural cycle of life and propagation again. This is surely a celebration of success in Africa. Although the image was taken in a national park where they are protected, to me, the image is representative of all life flourishing all over the continent against very severe odds.” – Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa © John Vosloo

“This highly intimate image of an elephant calf suckling its mother is a celebration of the future of these behemoths. He was conceived, born, raised to this stage, healthy and well on his way to becoming a fully grown elephant to partake in the same natural cycle of life and propagation again. This is surely a celebration of success in Africa. Although the image was taken in a national park where they are protected, to me, the image is representative of all life flourishing all over the continent against very severe odds.” – Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa © John Vosloo

A bateleur in full flight in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Willie van Schalkwyk

A bateleur in full flight in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Willie van Schalkwyk

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 lioness with flies in Lake Ndutu in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania © Roie Galitz

A lioness with flies in Lake Ndutu in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania © Roie Galitz

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To see the other gallery click here: Semi-finalists Gallery 1

Photographer of the Year 2019 Semi-finalists Gallery 1

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