15/11/2017 15:15 SAST | Updated 15/11/2017 15:15 SAST

These Stunning Photographs From Our Continent Will Make You Glad To Be Alive

Here's the winners from the 2017 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition - three are from South Africa.

Beverly Houwing

These winning pictures from the 2017 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition will make you proud to be African.

Here they are:

1. Overall winner and wildlife category winner: John Vosloo

John Vosloo

"Circles of protection" at Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.

2.Travel category winner: Willem Kruger

Willem Kruger

"Quiver trees in the Richtersveld", South Africa.

3. Culture category winner: Christophe Lapeze

Christophe Lapeze

"Proud" in Omo Valley, Ethiopia.

The Facebook community also had its fair share of voting –– here's how the votes racked up:

Overall winner and wildlife category: Björn Persson –– 3,034 votes

Björn Persson

"End of the rainbow" in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

Travel category winner: Beverly Houwing –– 517 votes

Beverly Houwing

"Star trails over Chapman's baobab in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park", Botswana.

Culture category winner: Ferdinand Veer –– 518 votes

Ferdinand Veer

"Gift of life" in Kalahari Desert, South Africa.

There were also some Instagram faves:

As voted by the Instagram community, this image got the thumbs-up, with 1,657 votes.


"Sunset over the grasslands in Queen Elizabeth National Park", Uganda.