With $13,000, a private safari and industry prestige on the line, around 25,000 photographers submitted their greatest photos celebrating Africa and there were the 18 that came out on top.

Images were judged on their technical aspects, story telling ability, evoking of emotion and how they captured the essence of Africa.

The winner was photographer Hannes Lochner’s stunning capture of a grumpy lion right as a fly lands on its pupil.

You can get more info on this years winners, as well as check out the winners of previous years here.

Winner

Hannes Lochner: Fly in the Eye

Runners Up (no particular order)

Bob Chiu: A mother’s duty

James Gifford: Forged in the fires of creation

Highly commended (no particular order)

Aditya Nair: The Murderous Pharaoh

Ana Zinger: A Maasai giraffe tenderly cleans her minute calf

Eleanor Hattingh: Yellow-crowned bishop in full voice

Geo Cloete: Cape weaver taking an air drink

James Nampaso: Attack – a pride sets upon a giraffe cow and her helpless calf

Kirkamon Cabello: A female chinspot batis feeds its demanding chicks in their perfect little nest

Marcello Galleano: A precious fennec fox in the heart of the Tunisian desert

Mattheuns Pretorius: A small amphibian sits on a rain tree leaf

Mattheuns Pretorius: A hippopotamus enjoys sleeping in a natural jacuzzi

Phillip Jackson: Hartlaub’s gull

Piotr Naskrecki: Mozambican long-fingered bat emerging from the Codzo Cave

Sam Turley: Marimba the ground pangolin has developed a bond of trust, love, and compassion with her guardian Mateus Mambe Masangunge over the course of their thirteen years together

Shirley GIllitt: A Natal tree frog hiding in a Ligularia leaf

Valentino Morgante: Hands

Ying Shi: Morning chores in a Maasai village

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