Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing the African continent in the Explore Africa Photo contest with chances to win a Sigma 70-300mm Lens and more!

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Laurie Rubin for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Laurie Rubin is an international award-winning photographer specializing in wildlife and nature photography. Her passion for photography as well as a career working for software companies, has combined her talents for teaching and sharing photography, from capture to post-processing. She currently has one of her prints displayed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

"Looks in the savannah" by albertoghizzipanizza

Looks in the savannah by albertoghizzipanizza - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"107-17_24_09_Z Afri_479_Luminar2018-edit" by JohanVoogd

107-17_24_09_Z Afri_479_Luminar2018-edit by JohanVoogd - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Zebra Dawn" by Alannixon

Zebra Dawn by Alannixon - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Red Lechwe" by GeoffG46

Red Lechwe by GeoffG46 - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Elephant infant holding tail" by GPetrie

Elephant infant holding tail by GPetrie - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Stripes" by charlesjorg

Stripes by charlesjorg - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Dune runner" by davidjharper

Dune runner by davidjharper - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Leopard in a Tree" by Kudos

Leopard in a Tree by JDay - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Tired Legs" by lmr337

Tired Legs by lmr337 - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Tanzania 1" by mjkirkland

"A (Miniature) Tower Of Giraffes" by charlotterhodes

A (Miniature) Tower Of Giraffes by charlotterhodes - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"African sunset" by Jtrojer

African sunset by Jtrojer - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Dirty Boy" by UfotoAfrica

Dirty Boy by UfotoAfrica - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Leopard in tree" by (A)davetalling

Leopard in tree by davetalling - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Impala Herd" by meganlorenz

Impala Herd by meganlorenz - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Dusky Zebra" by jozi1

Dusky Zebra by jozi1 - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Stay Close" by WalterHowor

Stay Close by WalterHowor - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Embracing the Sunrise" by kathrynsklenakdannay

Embracing the Sunrise by kathrynsklenakdannay - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Ready to pounce" by clifffawcett

Ready to pounce by clifffawcett - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"This is Africa!" by kimpaffen

This is Africa! by kimpaffen - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Ethiopian Mountain Boy" by ashlibrookephotography

Ethiopian Mountain Boy by ashlibrookephotography - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Masai" by giovannivolpe

Masai by giovannivolpe - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Male Leopard Yawn" by mytmoss

Male Leopard Yawn by mytmoss - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"close encounter" by saboytjie

close encounter by saboytjie - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Cheetah" by kiramorris

Cheetah by kiramorris - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Old Timer Lion" by MichaelBagleyPhotography

Old Timer Lion by MichaelBagleyPhotography - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Roadblock" by RobSoegtrop26

Roadblock by RobSoegtrop26 - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Taking a walk" by Darrenp

Taking a walk by Darrenp - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"The Lion king" by johankoch

The Lion king by johankoch - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"A Dazzling Implausibility" by (A)mpelli

A Dazzling Implausibility by mpelli - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"The largest of them all" by ningdeguzman

The largest of them all by ningdeguzman - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Solo Zebra" by martinrosenkranz

Solo Zebra by martinrosenkranz - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"One word: Africa!" by thomasretterath

One word: Africa! by thomasretterath - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Allees des baobabs" by Mrc_Tagliarino

Allees des baobabs by Marco_Tagliarino - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Black Mane Lion" by Patrick2828

Black Mane Lion by Patrick2828 - Explore Africa Photo Contest

""The Northern Migration"" by SunBear22222

"The Northern Migration" by SunBear22222 - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Elephant in Etosha" by MarianavdW

Elephant in Etosha by MarianavdW - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"The Hunters" by jdannay

The Hunters by jdannay - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Lioness Reflection" by CindiAlvarado

Lioness Reflection by CindiAlvarado - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"the feast" by moritzleonard

the feast by moritzleonard - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Meerkats" by DevilishImagery

Meerkats by DevilishImagery - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"leopard meets butterfly" by truetolifephotography

leopard meets butterfly by truetolifephotography - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"UgandaGorilla " by jonnytakespictures

UgandaGorilla by jonnytakespictures - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"leopard " by ScottELB

leopard by ScottELB - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Baby lion " by alexandrechoquette

Baby lion by alexandrechoquette - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Above the Crater Lake " by chriswhittier

Above the Crater Lake by chriswhittier - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Salayexa " by lindiekolver

Salayexa by lindiekolver - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"African Hunting Dog. " by merrittimages

African Hunting Dog.  by biglenswildlife - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Leopard " by (A)Cortez48

Leopard by Cortez48 - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Pronking Springbok" by charlesjorg

Pronking Springbok by charlesjorg - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Cheetah and Cub" by lonniewehunt

Cheetah and Cub by lonniewehunt - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Dusty Silhouette" by henktencate

Dusty Silhouette by henktencate - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Kalahari Lioness" by AndChisPhoto

"Have a drink" by thomasretterath

Have a drink by thomasretterath - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"A beautiful Lion in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana." by Simon_eeman

A beautiful Lion in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. by Simon_eeman - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Zebra in the Serengeti" by Pamelabole

Zebra in the Serengeti by Pamelabole - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Tusk to Tusk" by stumac

Tusk to Tusk by stumac - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"I See You!" by agefoto

I See You! by agefoto - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Lion" by Komainu85

Lion by Komainu85 - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Reflecting Nature" by Tysondv

Reflecting Nature by Tysondv - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Masai Mara 20130001-101670" by Brenda13

Masai Mara 20130001-101670 by Brenda13 - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Figs cub" by AndyHowePhotography

Figs cub by AndyHowePhotography - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Some Cavity work needed!" by (A)kathaggiss

Some Cavity work needed! by kathaggiss - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Follow The Yellow Dust Road" by (A)thelifeofasolivagant

Follow The Yellow Dust Road by thelifeofasolivagant - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Lion in the Kalahari" by zistos

Lion in the Kalahari by zistos - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Caracal" by Hillebrand

Caracal by Hillebrand - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Mom can we go" by calvinheinly

Mom can we go by calvinheinly - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"The Watch" by Nicholasgm1947

The Watch by Nicholasgm1947 - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Sated Cub" by Franh

Sated Cub by Franh - Explore Africa Photo Contest

"Lioness" by kbhasker