Getaway Gallery Photo Competition August 2018

  • Finalist: Arniston Cliffs by Johann Visser
    It was still dark when I reached this spot along the rugged coastline of the Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, I sat up my camera and waited while enjoying the amazing view of the coastline, with its limestone cliffs shaped and moulded by the relentless Indian Ocean. The pre-dawn light cast beautiful soft shades of pink on to this magical scene as I blurred the movement of the waves by using a slow shutter speed. By Johann Visser, Bloemfontein, South AfricaCanon 7D Mk II, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6, ISO 100, f/14, 30 sec
  • Finalist: Radient House by George Rautenbach
    It was late afternoon at Cape Agulhas when these dramatic clouds appeared. I wanted to line the lighthouse up with them, as lighthouses are synonymous with radiating light, and I had to run about a kilometre to get to the right spot. It’s no fun dashing about with all your gear but if you want the shot, you run! By George Rautenbach, Somerset West. Canon 5D Mk III, Canon EF 16-35mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/320 sec
  • Highly Commended: Cheetah – single focus by Willem Kruger
    This photo was taken during an early afternoon game drive in the Mashatu Nature Reserve, Botswana. We came across a mother cheetah with five cubs. Earlier she had caught an impala and they’d just finished eating. Here, the mother rests after the feast while keeping a watchful eye on the surroundings – there were a few impala on the horizon. We parked the vehicle in a ditch below the cheetah in order to get a nice low-angle shot of her eyeing the impala. I like the intense look of full of concentration she had, she wasn’t in the least bit bothered by the game drive vehicle. By Willem Kruger, Oubos, Bloemfontein. Nikon D700, Nikkor 600mm f/4 lens with 1.4 Convertor = 850mm, ISO 320, f/4, 1/3200 sec, Wimberley head attached with a power clamp to the seat
  • Finalist: Hiding Out by Elain de Bruin
    I found this tiny female Tusitala jumping spider inside a hibiscus flower in my garden. She was very curious when I started taking photos and watched me with her beautiful big eyes. She sat still for a few seconds, then jumped away. By Elaine de Bruin, Rustenburg. Nikon D7000 (with flash), Tamron 90mm f/2.8, ISO 200, f/8, 1/640 sec
  • Finalist: Swept Away by Gert Lamprecht
    During a visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, my wife and I spotted a restless young goshawk on the side of the road near the Leeudril waterhole. After an immediate U-turn, I grabbed my camera and started shooting. We missed the hawk’s dive but were rewarded with shots of the takeoff clutching this hefty meerkat. By Gert Lamprecht, Bloemfontein. Canon 1DX Mk II, Canon EF 500mm f/4 (with converter), ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/6 000 sec
  • Highly Commended: Golden Shades by Justin Tyler Barlow_
    We were blessed with many incredible sightings while driving in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We came across a herd of springbuck roaming on the red dunes and the sun was shining directly at us, in this last golden hour. It was a moment for a silhouette photo, however there was a sudden sprint from the buck and the dust started filling the air. Right before our very eyes a masterpiece was created that gave the photo its magical golden appearance. By Justin Tyler Barlow, Port Elizabeth. Canon 700 d, Sigma 150-600mm, ISO 400, f/6,3, 1/800 sec
  • Highly Commended: The Bee and the Frog by Ryan Ramsamy
    This image was captured at the Durban Botanical Gardens, late one afternoon. As I passed by the lilly pond I noticed some movement. I pulled out my phone to capture the moment and proceeded to take several shots, while balancing on my torso at the edge of the pond in almost a planking fashion. One of the images had a bee visiting the flower and perfectly in focus. Notice the juxtaposition of the bee and the frog. It allows the imagination to tell many different stories about this image. By Ryan Ramsamy. Samsung Galaxy S7, 4.2mm, ISO 40, f1.7, 1/320 sec
  • Highly Commended: Salti Surprise by Jean Goldstone
    When the weather is perfect and there is not a breath of wind I grab my camera and go looking for all sorts of creepy crawlies to take pics of in my garden at home in Jeffreys Bay. This particular day I was scratching around in the dead foliage of one of the Strelitzia flowers and I came across this little guy! Jumping spiders are my favourite little critters to photograph as each one has a personality of his own. The spider looks like it wants to say, “ Okay, so now you have found me - hurry up so I can get on with what I want to do. “ By Jean Goldstone, Jeffreys Bay. Canon 1DX mark ll, Canon 100mm Macro, ISO 640,f6.3,1/200sec
  • Finalist: Metalhead by Brian Suter
    Finalist: Metalhead by Brian Suter