by Matthew Sterne on July 20, 2017
3 min read

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.

Alistair Swartz – A tiny leopard cub hides in a fallen hollow tree.

Mike Sutherland, RSA - The Super Mom, 1 lioness raising 7 cubs.

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.

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

Lalith Ekanayake, Sri Lanka – Siesta

Simon Smith, Durban, South Africa, War Paint.

Simon Smith, Durban, South Africa – War Paint.

Rejeev Parikh - Mayhem in South Africa

Rejeev Parikh – Mayhem in South Africa

Neilo Preyer, CPT, RSA - Khwai River, Moremi

Neilo Preyer, Cape Town, South Africa – Khwai River, Moremi

Werner Schmäing - The four Banditos 4 sons of Notch, Masai Mara, Kenya - Copy

Werner Schmäing – The four banditos, four sons of Notch, Masai Mara, Kenya

HansPeter Lang, Elephant against Rhino seen in the Aquila Safari Private Game Reserve during a game drive in Oct 2016

Hanspeter Lang – Elephant against Rhino

Wrensch Lombard, Cape Town, WC, 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.

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, ENG, United Kingdom, Mother and Child. (1)

Susie Cazenove, Northampton, United Kingdom – Mother and Child.

Suzie Cazenove, Northhampton, ENG, United Kingdom, Great Balance!

Suzie Cazenove, Northhampton, United Kingdom

David Brims, Fareham, ENG, United Kingdom, Watching you!

David Brims, Fareham, United Kingdom – Watching you!

David Brims - Walk this way

David Brims, Fareham, United Kingdom – Walk this way

Alexander van Rijckevorsel, Johannesburg, GT, South Africa on the run trying to escape cyclone Dineo

Alexander van Rijckevorsel, Johannesburg, South Africa – On the run trying to escape cyclone Dineo

Clint Ralph, Pretoria, GT South Africa, Play-time!

Clint Ralph, Pretoria, South Africa – Playtime!

Chase Wells, Cape Town, Leopardess on the lookout, Okavango delta, Botswana.

Chase Wells, Cape Town, South Africa – Leopardess on the lookout, Okavango delta, Botswana.

Carsten Riedl, Masai Mara, Leopard jumps from one Tree to another

Carsten Riedl – Leopard jumps from one tree to another

Anton Pretorius, Pretoria, GT South Africa, Taken in the Kruger National Park close to Punda Maria. The two males were interacting in quite an interesting and gentle way.

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 – Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Anna-Mart, Windhoek, KH, Namibia, Karanja. This Rhino Died of Natural causes at an age of 43 years. His name was Karanja-Masai Mara, Kenya

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?