“Vulture Showdown,” Transfrontier Park, South Africa.

It was midday, and Peter had arrived at a waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. Scores of white-backed and lappet-faced vultures covered an eland carcass, squabbling over the meat. ‘Two things hit me simultaneously,’ says Peter. ‘The vile stench of rotting flesh and the intense buzz of flies.’
The white-backed vultures were surprisingly violent as they vied for the best feeding positions. This particular individual had backed off from a fight but was about to re-enter the fray. Covered in dust, wings spread, head lowered, it reminded Peter of a gladiator in his chariot, lining up for a charge.
Its picture is a portrayal of the true character of this feisty bird.
Photo: Peter Delaney (Ireland).

Lionesses & Hyenas fight to Survive, Etosha National Park.

Image Credit: Photograph by NingYu Pao
We arrived at one of the watering holes in Etosha National Park in the late evening.
Four Lions were devouring a large kudu that they killed.
A pack of hyenas appeared from the bush nearby attracted by the smell of blood and food for them.
What ensued was a fight for the dead kudu between four female lions and 16 hyenas.
Needless to say, in the end the hyenas won and got the prized kudu.
Source: I Am Angry Photo by NingYu Pao — National Geographic Your Shot

Buffaloes and Stars, Zimanga Game Reserve, South Africa.

‘Buffaloes and stars’.
This picture, taken at Zimanga game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, using an in-camera multiple exposure, with the first lit for the buffaloes and the second focused on the stars with a spectacular result.
Image Credit: Photograph by Andreas Hemb.
Source: Sony world photography awards 2017 shortlist | Art and design | The Guardian

Dreamscape 2.0 by Harsha Pandav, Dubai, UAE.

Image Credit: Photograph by Harsha Pandav.
This was my second time on a rooftop. I remember the first time, it was only a few months ago; I’m a new photographer.
This was an important day. I recollect sitting by the edge after the shoot was wrapped up thinking how crazy it was that I was there.
I’d taken a chance leaving the familiarity of my design career behind, so I kept working and working and slowly, everything started falling into place.
This feeling is what keeps me going now, that moment you realise you aren’t falling but flying.
Source: Dreamscape 2.0 Photo by Harsha Pandav — National Geographic Your Shot

The Ubari Sand Sea, Fezzan Region, Libya.


Oum al-Maa Lake, Ubari Sand Sea. Photo credit: unknown
The Ubari Sand Sea is a vast area of towering sand dunes in the Fezzan region of south-western Libya.
But 200,000 years ago, this was a wet and fertile region with plenty of rainfall and flowing rivers.
These rivers fed a vast lake, the size of Czech Republic, in the Fezzan basin called Lake Megafezzan. During humid periods the lake reached a maximum size of 120,000 square kilometers.
Oum al-Maa Lake. Photo credit: George Steinmetz
Climate change caused the region, a part of Sahara, to gradually dry up and between 3,000 to 5,000 years ago, the lake evaporated away into thin air.
Traces of this great lake still exist today in the form of micro lakes scattered among the towering dunes like wet patches in the desert.
Currently there are about 20 lakes in the Ubari Sand Sea – beautiful palm-fringed oases that appear like anomalies in the harsh desert environment.
Read and see more via The Lakes of Ubari Sand Sea | Amusing Planet.

Rituals Of Womanhood: The Himba Tribe in Namibia.

Tajiposa is a member of the Himba tribe in Namibia, where she lives in a community of approximately 80 women.
The image above, taken by ethnographer, photographer and explorer Alegra Ally, captures Tajiposa during her “moon cycle” celebration after her first menstruation cycle.
The rite honors Tajiposa’s transformation from girlhood to womanhood by anointing her an African queen.
For five days, Himba women sing, dance and share stories late into the night. “Himba society celebrates and empowers girls during this time, which is considered, according to their tradition, as a sacred period,” Ally wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.
“The womanhood ritual is also the first time a traditional leather crown is mounted upon her head.”
This is but one time-honored ceremony documented and immortalized in Ally’s ongoing “Wild Born Project,” which aims to collect and compile the traditions observed and customs practiced in different, often remote, sites across the world.
Through her photographic research, Ally explores how certain geographic and environmental factors affect cultures and customs.
Source: Photos Show Rituals Of Womanhood In Remote Tribes Around The World