Cape Town - While our beautiful has everything a tourist's heart can desire - iconic food, incredible weather and the most amazing people - there is one specific thing South Africa is probably most famous for in the travel sphere - our wildlife.
And rightfully so. The Kruger National Park is home to the largest concentration of wild animal species in the Southern Hemisphere, while it provided an undisturbed and completely natural environment of SA's Big 5 species to roam in.
Even wider than the Kruger, South Africa has a plethora of game parks and reserves dedicated to preserving our country - and the continent's - most prized and fragile living heritage.
It, therefore, comes as no surprise that two photographs shot in two of South Africa's esteemed wildlife sanctuaries have been announced category winners in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2016 competition.
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With over 17 000 images entered from over 50 countries around the world and a staggeringly high-quality bar being set this year, the two photographs depict two of SA's most iconic wild species - the elephant and the leopard.
American Photographer David Rosenzweig shot this image in the Timbavati Game Reserve in Mpumalanga. His image won the Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year category.
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Dutch photographer Alice van Kempen took this photograph in the Kruger National Park. Her image won in the Wildlife Insight category.
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You can see a full selection of the category winners in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2016 competition here.
These category winners now go forward to be in with a chance of being selected as the overall winner, who will be heading off to the Arctic on assignment to document the Fjällräven Polar dog-sled expedition in April 2017.
The winner will be announced live at The Photography Show at NEC Birmingham on Saturday 18 March at a special awards ceremony.
Check out this video of all the winning shots:
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