July 20

19 Of Our Favourite Big 5 Photos From Africa’s Photographer Of The Year

July 20, 2017

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?


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About the author 

Matthew Sterne

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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