Congratulations to Rainer von Brandis on winning the title of Getaway Photographer of the Year for 2017!
Rainer won the wildlife category and that of the overall winner
Rainer wins an Advanced Wildlife Workshop for two to Botswana aboard Pangolin Photo Safari’s luxury, dedicated-photography houseboat valued at R100000. In addition to this, he also wins the wildlife category and receives a Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens, Manfrotto MMXPROA3 Monopod and Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW Backpack in limited edition Camo.
Landscape Category winner
Michael Kolbe with ‘Above and Below’
Michael wins a Parrot Bebop 2 FPV Kit with Parrot Bebop 2 Drone and Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens.
Culture Category winner
Nelis Wolmarans with ‘A Warrior’s Welcome’
Nelis wins a Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens, Lowepro Flipside Trek BP 450 AW Backpack and Manfrotto MK055XPRO3-3W tripod kit with a three-way head.
As of next month, we start a brand new Getaway Gallery competition. Prize details will be announced in the February issue, so start getting your entries in!
Enter your photos here
Here are the top ten images submitted to the Getaway Gallery for 2017, as voted by our judges.
Overall winner 2017: I followed this turtle around a remote unexplored reef in the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. It was not concerned by my presence at all and I remained with it until late in the afternoon, waiting for better light. I eventually took this image when some rabbit fish arrived on the scene. – By Rainer von Brandis, Cape Town Nikon D200, Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 DX fisheye, ISO 100, f/10, 1/60 sec
Landscape winner: Deadvlei in Sossusvlei, Namibia, has been photographed extensively so I decided to approach it from a unique angle. Mist had rolled in early that morning, creating an eerie effect. I headed west and discovered a lower section of the vlei. From this vantage point, I was able to capture its cracked floor at eye-level, which resulted in what looks like a cross-section of this famous location. – By Michael Kolbé, Wynberg. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-105mm f/4, ISO 125, f/7.1, 1/200 sec
Culture winner: In Rwanda this dance is traditionally performed when welcoming men back from battle. I took this image from ground level using an off-camera flash. – By Nelis Wolmarans, Cape Town. Canon 1Dx, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/2000 sec
Highly commended:I spent three hours watching the city and shooting from the top of the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg. I was almost finished when I spotted this family sharing an ordinary moment … 150 metres above the ground. The vision of the city and its chaotic urbanisation sprang to mind. – By Yann Macherez, Cape Town. Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/4 IS, ISO 800, f/11, 1/160 sec
Highly commended: I wanted to photograph some hot-air balloons, and knew I’d find them at Lake Heritage in the Cradle of Humankind. I flew my drone over this one for a unique composition. – By Marnix de Lorm, Johannesburg. DJI Mavic Pro, FOV 78.8° 28 mm f/2.2, ISO 187, f/2.2, 1/100 sec
Highly commended: We live in a beautiful world! Here, a magnificent baobab, in Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve, is lit up by a beam of torchlight cascading into the Milky Way. – Travis Bester, Cape Town. Canon 6D, Canon 24-105mm f/4, ISO 3200, f/4, 20 sec
Highly commended: I had the privilege of witnessing the funeral of the queen mother of the Asante people in Kumasi, Ghana. Before the formal ceremony, various clans, healers, voodoo leaders, Rastafarian priests, celebs, politicians and other important figures were ushered into the grounds of the royal palace. This priest cleared the road in front of him, giving me the chance to kneel down in the middle of it and capture him raising his steed towards the black and red bunting that was draped throughout the city for the funeral. – By Jason Daniel Baker, Johannesburg. Nikon D90, Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G, ISO 250, f/5, 1/800 sec
Highly commended: This image was taken at an overnight hide at Zimanga in KwaZulu-Natal. There was a massive thunderstorm that ooded the hide. After the worst of the storm was over, the bullfrogs came out of hiding and started to mate. The sound of their croaking was overwhelming. They didn’t seem to notice the moths flying around and sitting in the water. – By Dewald Tromp, Middelburg. Nikon D5, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8, ISO 2500, f/2.8, 1/50 sec
Highly commended: The scene developed very quickly at Cubitje Quap waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The secretary bird (behind) flew in to this spot, occupied by the juvenile bateleur eagle, and walked up to it in an inquisitive manner as if to say, ‘What are you doing here?’ The bateleur had the same thought and a staring bout ensued. After a few seconds, the secretary bird chased the bateleur out of the waterhole – but not before I got the chance to fire off a few priceless shots. What a lovely experience! – By Peter McIntyre, Athlone Park. Nikon D500, Nikkor 200-400mm f/4, ISO 400, f/8, 1/600 sec
Highly commended: My mom and I hadn’t seen lion for three days when we visited the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and my camera started to feel a little neglected. So while camping at Nossob, we decided to let the black-backed jackal at Cubetjie Quap entertain us instead. After a few failed attempts with the sandgrouse that usually visit this waterhole, he tried his luck with a flock of ringneck doves instead and at last managed to get some breakfast! – By Michelle Potgieter, Pretoria. Canon 1D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L, ISO 800, f/5,6, 1/1600 sec