And the winning photo is ….

We loved seeing the weekly winners of this competition, and it was a very tough choice in the end according to the judges. But they made it and the winners are …*drumroll*…

The 2017 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR & WILDLIFE CATEGORY WINNER

John Vosloo – “Circles of protection”

Judges’ comments:

John Vosloo’s image is not only technically sound, but there is also a rich and complex visual story. It is the story of matriarchal and herd protection, of the African elephants’ dignified dedication to protecting their young and their species.

Elephants face unprecedented persecution from international wildlife criminals, from human-wildlife conflict pressures, habitat loss and from trophy hunters that persist in their strategy to remove the remaining large-tusked individuals. This magnificant photo speaks of the plight of elephants across Africa, and of their resilience – if only humans would change their ways.

Many photographers this year have told wonderful stories with their images, but none as powerfully as John.

We felt that the overall winner’s photo would be the one that told the most engaging story – the one that spoke to all of us on a deep, emotional level. And the one that we hope will convey its underlying message to all our community spread far and wide across the world.”

Other winners are : 

CULTURE CATEGORY

Christophe Lapeze – “Proud”

TRAVEL CATEGORY WINNER 

Willem Kruger – Quiver trees in the Richtersveld

Judges’ comments:

Willem Kruger’s star trail image is another standout image in its genre. While most astrophotography invites us to explore the universe beyond, this particular photo with its seemingly simple foreground, invites us to explore the wonder of the universe from a uniquely African perspective – what if we were walking, alone at night, lost in the African desert pondering the mysteries of life and the secrets of our universe? What if we climbed that hill to discover more? What world would be revealed to us?

Other category winners are from the Social media section votes:

THE “FACEBOOK FAVOURITE” – as voted by Africa Geographic’s Facebook community

CULTURE WINNER

Ferdinand Veer – “Gift of life”

THE “FACEBOOK FAVOURITE” – as voted by the Africa Geographic Facebook community

OVERALL WINNER & WILDLIFE CATEGORY WINNER

Björn Persson – “End of the rainbow” 

Photographer’s comments:

“At the end of the rainbow you won’t find gold in the Maasai Mara.”

INSTAGRAM “MOST POPULAR” WINNER – as voted by Africa Geographic’s Instagram community

luv4sol – Sunset over the grasslands 

Photographer’s comments:

“There are few things as beautiful as an African sky at sunrise or sunset.”

– See all the images at: http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-152/photographer-year-2017-winners/ag-mag-gallery

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