54 countries, 54 photos, 1 continent

54 countries, 54 photos, 1 continent

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Africa is a beautiful and varied continent, but going by what you see from the majority of photographs in the media, you’d be forgiven for thinking all that existed in each of its 54 countries was never ending savannahs and endless safaris.

This year a brilliant hashtag erupted on social media – #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou – which aimed to break the perception that all African countries were the same – affected by poverty, war and hunger – and boy were the images powerful. Not only in their beauty and charm, but in their ability to say so much more about a subject than people were previously aware of.

It may be a cliché but sometimes an image really can speak a thousand words, and what was being said is this: Africa is a continent, like Europe or South America, and should be treated as such. In the same way that Iceland and Italy are seen as two entirely different European identities, Cameroon and Mozambique have their own customs, styles and ways of life too, which are often not shown!

That’s why this World Photography Day, we decided to trawl Instagram and gather the best citizen snaps we could from each country across the continent:

South Africa

A photo posted by Andrew Harvard (@awharvard) on

 

 Swaziland

 Lesotho

 

A photo posted by Chris Rogers (@chrisrogersza) on

 

 Botswana

 

A photo posted by Anke (@ankevandiessen) on

 

 Namibia

 

 

Zimbabwe

 

 

Mozambique

 

A photo posted by Helder (@helderkc) on

 

Madagascar

 

A photo posted by Taha (@tahaghouchkanlu) on

 

Angola

 

A photo posted by MAPP Africa (@mappafrica) on

 

Zambia

 

A photo posted by Shannon Wild (@shannon__wild) on

 

Tanzania

 

 

Malawi

 

A photo posted by Justin Valley (@justinvalley) on

 

Burundi

 

A photo posted by Yadé (@beautifulsideofafrica) on

 

Rwanda

 

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

 

 

Congo

 

 

Gabon

 

A video posted by Magnus Boge (@magnus.boge) on

 

Equatorial Guinea

 

 

Uganda

 

 

Kenya

 

 

Cameroon

 

A photo posted by The answer. (@tatiamdo) on

 

Somalia

 

A photo posted by Yussuf Farrah (@y_ssuf) on

 

Ethiopia

 

A video posted by ETHIOPIA SKATE (@ethiopiaskate) on

 

Burkina Faso

 

A photo posted by @onlyjenny on

 

Eritrea

 

A photo posted by Galactus (@solomonisaak) on

 

Sudan

 

A photo posted by Ahmed Saeed (@kratshyphotos) on

 

South Sudan

 

A photo posted by Bruno Feder (@brunobfeder) on

 

Egypt

 

A photo posted by @tariffa on

 

Libya

 

 

Chad

 

 

Niger

 

 

Nigeria

 

A photo posted by Fati Abubakar (@fatiti____) on

 

Benin

 

A photo posted by Floflo (@elliotawam) on

 

Togo

 

 

Ghana

 

A photo posted by T h e A x e g i r l (@a.a.k.s) on

 

Cote d’Ivoire

 

A photo posted by Greg Pepper (@gregpepper) on

 

Liberia

 

 

Sierra Leone

 

 

Guinea

 

A photo posted by TiFanmKreyòl (@iamperpetua) on

 

Guinea-Bissau

 

A photo posted by Isabelle robinson (@izzyrob1) on

 

Gambia

 

 

Senegal

 

A photo posted by National Geographic (@natgeo) on

 

Maurititana

 

 

Morocco

 

On the road to Huceima #trip #travel #morocco #hoceima #goodtimes A photo posted by Ramulus (@ramlaabi) on

 

Algeria

 

O dağlar hep Cezayir #elkef #lakasbah #tunisia #algeria #sansfrontieres #tunus #cezayir #magrib A photo posted by Görkem Duru (@kafamdakikurbaga) on

 

Tunisia

A photo posted by @mkaabi on

 

Mali

She’s gorgeous, yes? {Find out what I’m REALLY doing in #Mali, today on the blog. Link in the profile.♥️} #Africa A photo posted by Maryam Montague (@mmontagueliving) on

 

Djibouti

#djibouti A photo posted by @sailor_ck on

 

Cabo Verde

Bien arrivée… 🚤💦🐟 #tarrafal #caboverde #mbemdifora #mbemdiforatravel A photo posted by Mélocy Semedo (@mbem_di_fora) on

 

Central African Republic

 

Comoros

#Moroni, #Comoros. Photo @kanayakine. #dailyafrica #dynamicafrica #everydayafrica

A photo posted by Dynamic Africa (@dynamicafricaphoto) on

 

Mauritius

 

São Tomé and Príncipe

 

Seychelles

As the #sunsets the #moon pokes his head out to say hello. #seychelles #islandlife

A photo posted by Kim Jenkins (@kjenkins1025) on

SO awesome, right?!

Have a favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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