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We received a whopping 3,830 entries for the ‘Big 5’ category in our year-long photography competition, Africa’s Photographer of the Year. Our team of judges – wildlife photographers and industry experts – whittled down the number to the very best, a challenging job considering the incredibly high standard of the Big 5 photos we received – the quality of the entries has astonished us all.
From galloping rhinos to precious leopard cubs, our top picks show the majesty and beauty of the animals that make up the Big 5. Take a look, and see for yourself.
The category ‘Africa Through My Lens’ is now open. We want to know what Africa means to you, is it the silhouetted baobab in the bright orange sky? Or an action shot of a leopard making its move on its prey? Maybe it’s a tender moment between a lioness and her cub. Enter now.
Alistair Swartz – A tiny leopard cub hides in a fallen hollow tree.
Mike Sutherland, RSA – The Super Mom, one lioness raising seven cubs.
Matt Lyons, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Beauty at sunset. checking out her dinner options for the evening. Taken in Kwando Lagoon, Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Luca Frigerio – Hwange National Park
Lalith Ekanayake, Sri Lanka – Siesta
Simon Smith, Durban, South Africa – War Paint.
Rejeev Parikh – Mayhem in South Africa
Neilo Preyer, Cape Town, South Africa – Khwai River, Moremi
Werner Schmäing – The four banditos, four sons of Notch, Masai Mara, Kenya
Hanspeter Lang – Elephant against Rhino
Wrensch Lombard, Cape Town, South Africa – We were lucky enough to see this young white rhino and his mom trotting through the brush. A slow shutter and steady hands made a sharp pan.
Susie Cazenove, Northampton, United Kingdom – Mother and Child.
Suzie Cazenove, Northhampton, United Kingdom
David Brims, Fareham, United Kingdom – Watching you!
David Brims, Fareham, United Kingdom – Walk this way
Alexander van Rijckevorsel, Johannesburg, South Africa – On the run trying to escape cyclone Dineo
Clint Ralph, Pretoria, South Africa – Playtime!
Chase Wells, Cape Town, South Africa – Leopardess on the lookout, Okavango delta, Botswana.
Carsten Riedl – Leopard jumps from one tree to another
Anton Pretorius, Pretoria, South Africa – Taken in the Kruger National Park close to Punda Maria. The two males were interacting in quite an interesting and gentle way.
Anna-Mart, Windhoek, Namibia – Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Anna-Mart, Windhoek, Namibia – This Rhino Died of Natural causes at an age of 43 years. His name was Karanja, Masai Mara, Kenya
Which ones were your favourite Big 5 photos?
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Matt discovered a passion for writing in the six years he spent travelling abroad. He worked for a turtle sanctuary in Nicaragua, in an ice cream factory in Norway and on a camel safari in India. He was a door-to-door lightbulb-exchanger in Australia, a pub crawl guide in Amsterdam and a journalist in Colombia. Now, he writes and travels with us.
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