This photo of a sunset in Egypt taken by Jackie Borthwick is the first in a series of fantastic sunsets and sunrises captured on camera by BBC News website readers this year.
Joshua Shrager took this shot of the sun sinking to the waters of Lake Malawi.
In Colin Pryce's photograph, the sun sets over the Chari River in Chad, which he says is Lake Chad's life blood.
Some boys play football on a beach in Zanzibar as the sun sets in this shot taken by Bradley Reiman.
Sapi Mukerji says Zanzibar's sunsets are mesmerising and both locals and tourists flock to the beaches every evening to watch the spectacle...
... in Zanzibar's Stonetown, Nathaniel Falck took this shot of the sun going down over some boats.
Chantal Babb says the sun setting over Cape Town's Table Mountain in South Africa is also a stunning sight, with the scene changing every two minutes.
To the north of South Africa, Julio Costa photographed this sun downer at a game lodge in Gauteng.
Some people enjoy a sunset dip in the sea of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, in Francois Provost's picture.
Shelley Fulton was up early to take this shot of a sunrise in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park.
This sunrise in the north-east of Zanzibar was taken at six in the morning, says Conor O'Neill. For future galleries, please send in pictures of markets and doing business in Africa.