A selection of the best readers’ photographs submitted to the Getaway Gallery Photographic Competition in association with Canon for April 2018.
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We were camping on the banks of the Bushmans River in Kenton-on-Sea over the festive season. Early one morning I went off into the bush in search of little critters to photograph, and came across two fruit flies mating on this beautiful moss-covered tree. Every time I got too close to them, they would fly off . But I was patient, waited for them to come back, and managed to get this shot. I love it because it looks like they are peeping over the branch, watching what I’m doing. – By Jean Goldstone, Jeffreys Bay. Canon 1DX, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8, ISO 640, f/6.3, 1/60 sec
We found these two Cape fox pups playing in the last sunlight on the western side of the Nossob River, in the Kgalagadi Park, providing us with perfect backlit conditions. It’s not very often that you get to see them playing in the afternoon as the foxes are nocturnal creatures. – By Willem Kruger, Bloemfontein. Nikon D500, Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4, ISO 320, f/4, 1/2500 sec
I took this photo on the Pretoriuskop-Skukuza road in Kruger National Park. There are three hyena dens along the road and usually the animals are very confident around cars. Some playful cubs came and chewed on our tyres. Then I noticed this shy cub lying on the side of the road and snapped its picture. – By Matthew Evans, Pietermaritzburg. Nikon Coolpix B700, ISO 140, f/6.5, 1/250 sec
At Lake Malawi a large storm was gathering in the background while two boys fished at sunrise for small fish that would later be dried and sold. I took this shot in portrait format to ensure I could get as much of the sky and its magnificent reflection as possible in the picture. – By Darryn Haltmann, Johannesburg. Nikon D610, Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4, ISO 1000, f/6.3, 1/1600 sec
This sour-fig bud caught my eye in the fynbos garden at Kirstenbosch. The petals are so ingeniously folded inside the succulent leaves and seem to be bursting out of their membrane covering. I also liked how the shallow depth of field from my macro lens made the stem blend almost completely with the surroundings of the green leaves. – By Brian Suter, Fish Hoek. Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8 (with teleconverter), ISO 800, f/8, 1/800 sec
I recently stumbled upon some zebras at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve near Pretoria. This foal was sunning himself slightly away from the herd, completely oblivious to my interest in him. The inevitable question popped up in my head: white with black stripes, or black with white stripes? I took the shot just before he turned to face the herd and trotted off. – By Henno Pitzer, Brakpan. Nikon D3300, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/1600 sec
A large male Cape Buffalo emerged from the deep shadows of a red Bush Willow thicket as we were out on safari and the shadows created a very dramatic image of his face. – By Sheldon Hooper, Denysville. Canon 7d Mkii, Sigma 150 – 600mm, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/800 sec
Being the only vehicle at Geinab Waterhole, Kgalagadi, we waited for the sun to set. Suddenly 2 females and two cubs appeared from the dunes, and headed straight for the waterhole. After drinking, the two cubs were very playful, giving us an awesome show. – By Annemarie du Plessis, Polokwane. Canon EOS-1DX MK ii, Canon EF 70-200 F 2.8, 1SO 400, f/5.6, 1/320 sec
This Red Bishop perched itself perfectly on a lotus bud and allowed me to get quiet close to photograph it. The wind slowed for a moment, just enough so that I could lock focus on it’s eye. I usually prefer the sun behind me and directly on the subject but I like the look of this image. – By Ryan Ramsamy. Canon 70D, Canon 400mm f/5.6, ISO 2500, f/5.6, 1/2000sec
I spent a night at the overnight waterhole in Zimanga Private Game reserve to capture images of game drinking at the waterhole. Dual lights were set-up on either side of the hide at the waterhole to illuminate the scene. To capture this photograph I first had to shoot a long exposure image with the lights illuminating the scene and then in camera use this image as a baseplate to capture the buffalos drinking water. I did not have to wait too long for the buffalos before I managed to capture this beautiful reflection of the buffalos in the water. – By Pierre Jordan, Secunda. Canon EOS 5D MkIII, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8, ISO 1600, f/2.8, 1/80 sec.