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Africa Geographic Editorial
Friday, 24 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 Finalists! Only one week to go before we announce our winners!

Our 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.

THE FOLLOWING GALLERY OF FINALISTS IS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
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Scaly-feathered finch chicks in southern Namib Desert, Namibia © Sanet Rossouw

Scaly-feathered finch chicks in southern Namib Desert, Namibia © Sanet Rossouw

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 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

“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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

A black-backed jackal flies to catch breakfast in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana © Michiel Duvenhage

A black-backed jackal flies to catch breakfast in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana © Michiel Duvenhage

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

Sunset illuminates elephants as they roam the Okavango Delta, Botswana © Panos Laskarakis

Sunset illuminates elephants as they roam the Okavango Delta, Botswana © Panos Laskarakis

A gelada (also known as a bleeding-heart monkey) yawns in Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia © Patrice Quillard

A gelada (also known as a bleeding-heart monkey) yawns in Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia © Patrice Quillard

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

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

An Atlantic Portuguese man-o’-war, False Bay, South Africa © Geo Cloete

An Atlantic Portuguese man-o’-war, False Bay, South Africa © Geo Cloete

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

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

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

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

A lion drags an elephant calf under a tree to feed after it was killed by two lions the previous night, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Jens Cullmann

A lion drags an elephant calf under a tree to feed after it was killed by two lions the previous night, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe © Jens Cullmann

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 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

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

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  • Volker Bez

    Very good selection with an authentic style

  • Michele Jankelow

    Amazing photography! Thank you for the weeks of sharing so many truly magnificent photographs! Look forward to the results!

  • Wallace du Plessis

    Thank you so much. A true inspiration and food for the soul.

  • This year’s short list is head and shoulders above last year in terms of interesting subjects!

  • Ann Gaydosh

    I do not envy those who must decide the “winners”. In each of these finalists’ offerings, first I see, next I feel, then I think. Life, death, patience, immediacy, beauty, discovery . . . thank you for these gifts!

    • Tony de Oliveira

      Definitely!

  • Mo McCann

    Amazing images. Hard to choose a finalist from these. Good luck to them all.

  • Deputydog

    Inspirational stuff – people keep raising the bar (so I am taking up limbo dancing instead)!

    • LOL!!! I feel the same, but hey, we can’t give up! 🙂 these photographers inspire us to do better !

  • Marianne Golding

    Amazing, amazing, amazing!!!!! Good luck with the judging. Well put Ann Gaydosh!

  • Patima

    Amazing pictures!

  • What a fantastic set of photographs! wow! I am in utter awe. Where do we vote for the their photos?

  • Beautiful- thank you for the contest.