In the past I wrote a tutorial on how to set up category archive hero/header images using WP Term Images here.
This members-only tutorial provides the steps to do the same using Advanced Custom Fields.
Install and activate ACF.
Go to Custom Fields > Add New and add your field group.
Set the Return Format as Image Array.
Edit your categories and select/upload an image for each.
You need to regenerate the thumbnails if you are selecting images that were uploaded before implementing this tutorial.
Install and activate Code Snippets plugin.
Add a new Snippet named say, "Custom image sizes" having the following code:
add_image_size( 'category-image', 1600, 400, true );
Save changes and activate.
Add another Code Snippet.
Title: Get Category Image URL
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