The Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2020

The Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2020 competition will run from December 2019 to May 2020. Entries – of African wildlife, landscapes, and culture – can be submitted up to midnight (CAT) on Thursday, 30 April 2020, after which they will close and the winners will be announced end of May 2020.

Back-lit baby vervet monkey. Kruger National Park, South Africa by Gareth Thomas
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A ring-tailed lemur suns herself while her baby keeps a firm hold on her back. Berenty Reserve, Madagascar by Beverly Houwing
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A young baboon quenches his thirst at a waterhole. Indlovu River Lodge Private Game Reserve, South Africa by Braeme Holland
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A sleepy cheetah cub. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania by Diego Occhi
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An orange-breasted sunbird in search of the sweet nectar from a common pagoda. Taken Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa by Braeme Holland
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The ‘Weekly Selection’ will be the top entries submitted via the AG website and Instagram. This selection will be published at the end of each week on our weekly online magazine as a gallery and in an album on Facebook;
• During the month of May 2020, once the submission deadline has come and gone, the judges will judge all accumulated entries from the Weekly Selections, gradually reducing the number of qualifiers to a list of ‘Finalists’, from which the winners will be selected and announced in June 2020
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The Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2020

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The LUMIX People’s Choice Award

The Natural History Museum has chosen 25 of the best images from the WPY 2019 competition shortlist. Which one captures your imagination?

Beak to beak
by Claudio Contreras Koob, Mexico

Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in the state of Yucatán is home to Mexico’s largest flock of Caribbean flamingos. This chick is less than five days old – it will stay in its nest less than a week before it joins a crèche of other youngsters who wander around the colony searching for food.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + Canon 300mm f2.8 Lens + Canon 2X Teleconverter II; 1/160 sec at f11; ISO 1600; Camo throwover blind.
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The unwelcome visitor
Salvador Colvée Nebot, Spain

Over several months, Salvador watched different species of bird use the dead flower spike of this agave in Valencia, Spain as a perch before descending to a small pond to drink. A pair of common kestrels were frequent visitors though each time they came magpies would hassle them.

Nikon D500 + Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens; v1/400 sec at f6.3; ISO 5000; Tripod and cable release.
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Station squabble
Sam Rowley, UK

Sam discovered the best way to photograph the mice inhabiting London’s Underground was to lie on the platform and wait. He only saw them fight over scraps of food dropped by passengers a few times, possibly because it is so abundant. This fight lasted a split second, before one grabbed a crumb and they went their separate ways.

Nikon D500 + 105mm f2.8 lens; 1/125 sec at f2.8; ISO 1000.
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Winter’s tale
Valeriy Maleev, Russia

Valeriy encountered this Pallas’s cat while it was out hunting in the Mongolian grasslands – it was -42°C (-44°F) on that frosty day, but the fairy tale scene cancelled out the cold. Pallas’s cats are no bigger than a domestic cat and they stalk small rodents, birds and occasionally insects.

Nikon D4 + 80-400mm lens; 1/1000 sec at f7.1; ISO 1250.
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A suitable gift
Marco Valentini, Italy

Marco was in Hortobágyi National Park, Hungary when he spotted these kestrels displaying typical courtship behaviour. Here the female has just received an offering of a young green lizard from her suitor and in this touching moment she tenderly took hold of his claw.

Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 500 IS ii lens; 1/640 sec at f.8; ISO 500.
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The LUMIX People’s Choice Award
more at Natural History Museum

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The perfect moment

Images that sum up the perfect moment.
Whether that’s a bride and groom kissing on their wedding day, the moment a kingfisher swoops down to catch a fish, the instance the sun hits the horizon creating a starburst effect…

Will you…?
by Henrik Spranz
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untitled
by Steve Fleetwood
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Eye to Eye
by Ken
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Catching some morning air
by Richard Whitson
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Remember Say Nothing!
by Cmz
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The perfect moment
more at photocrowd

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R A I N

For this contest I would like to see your best shots of rain. Images can show landscapes, street photography, or maybe close-ups, captured in the day or at night. The subject is open but there must be rain in the picture.

Let it rain!
by Peter
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Smoking in the rain ,Union Street, Aberdeen
by graeme youngson
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Kingfisher in the rain
by William Cowings
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Untitled
by Guy Krier
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Wet Wet Wet!
by Irina W
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R A I N
more at photocrowd

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Nature Photographer of The Year

Nature Photographer of The Year is a Nature Photography contest that celebrates the beauty of nature photography.

Overall winner: Csaba Daróczi (Hungary) | Jump
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Bence Mate (HU) | Wings
Highly Commended (Nature Art)
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Brandon Yoshizawa (US) | Flower Power
Highly Commended (Landscapes)
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David Frutos Egea (ES) | The Fallen Idol III
Category winner (Plants and Fungi)
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Peter Cech (CZ) | Greeting the sun
Category Winner (Birds)
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more at: Nature Photographer of The Year

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Photo of the Day | The Archive

Photos of the Day from National Geographic Archive

Hello Starling
“Between October and the start of March, thousands of starlings make their home in Brighton and the surrounding areas,” says Your Shot photographer Kevin Meredith. “Just before sunset they form huge murmurations and flock about Brighton Pier before roosting under the Pier.”
Photograph by Kevin Meredith
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Growing Strong
A bonsai tree grows out of a dead tree in the middle of a river. “This little tree reminds me that you can grow and blossom under impossible circumstances with a little bit of determination,” says Your Shot photographer Sam Snaps.
Photograph by Sam Snaps
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Beautiful Bird
A red-tailed comet displays its stunning, iridescent feathers as it feeds. Its deeply-forked tail makes it one of the most distinctive and well-known hummingbird species. “Your perspective really captures his feathers in their full beauty” commented Your Shot associate photo editor Kristen McNicholas. “I love how symmetrical your frame is and how I can immediately focus on the beauty of this bird!”
Photograph by Damilice Mansur
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Penguins’ Paradise
A small colony of penguins lives near St. Kilda’s pier in Melbourne, Australia. “Every night sometime after sunset, the adults of the colony will come home to nest,” says Your Shot photographer Doug Gimesy.
“Occassionally a few can be found standing on the top of the rocks, calling for their mate, drying themselves, or simply watching the world from a different perspective – above the water.”
Photograph by Doug Gimesy
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Rise Above
Just the tops of San Francisco’s tallest buildings are visible above the fog, backlit by a dramatic sunrise. “What a magical morning this was!” remembers Your Shot photographer Aya Okawa.
Photograph by Aya Okawa
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Photo of the day | The archive
more at National Geographic

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