A selection of the best readers’ photographs submitted to the Getaway Gallery Photographic Competition in association with Canon for July 2018.
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When we first found her, this leopard at Londolozi was lying under a bush in the shade, as it was a very hot day. When the sun started setting she moved to this ant mound, where she lay down in the last light of the day, relaxing peacefully before a night of hunting. – By Teresa Nel, Bloemfontein Nikon D5, Nikon 600mm f/4, ISO 1600, f/4, 1/250 sec
This image was taken at a retro surf competition in Cape Town. As the sun was setting and the swell building, all the elements aligned for a moment. For the surfer and myself. I really love the back lighting and the texture of the wave.- Keegan Moffatt. Nikon D7200, Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G , ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec
I found this little chap late one afternoon while camping in the Ngome Forest, near Vryheid in KZN. The forest was already quite dark, so I used my flash to light the chameleon while catching some of the dappled sunlight in the background. These dwarf chameleons are very special because they are only found in this forest. – By Theo Busschau, Stellenbosch Canon 6D, Canon 100mm f/2.8, ISO 800, f/11, 1/125 sec
There was a golden glow over the landscape, which was created by the setting sun’s warm light reflecting off a late afternoon desert dust storm in Namibia’s arid Namib Rand Nature Reserve. I caught this silhouetted Gemsbok against the warm tones of the offset, symmetrical koppie in the background, creating a peaceful and mysterious mood in this image. – Roy Glasspool. Canon EOS 5D MK IV, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II USM, ISO 500, F / 22, 1/640 sec
I captured this image of two lionesses on a kudu-bull kill at Kuzuko Lodge in Addo Elephant National Park. The symmetrical unison of their feeding inspired me to take the picture. To me, it is a reflection of the strength of the coalition between these two females, to the extent that they can feed in this manner, close up, relaxed and with absolute trust in each other. One often sees aggressive feeding and skirmishes at kills, in total contrast to these two. – By Jon M. Vosloo, Ingleside, Sundays River Valley Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, Sima 150-600mm f/5-6.3, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/200 sec
While in Kirstenbosch, I noticed this Karoo prinia perched on a sprig of horsetail restio. I got him into focus and suddenly a praying mantis flew into the frame. Everything happened so quickly as the bird caught the mantis in mid-flight, and I only managed to get this one photograph. – By Paul Crosland, Cape Town Canon 1DX Mk II, Canon EF 100-400mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/3200 sec
The location is a private campsite somewhere on the beautiful west coast of South Africa during the recent Easter holidays. After a mostly misty day, moonrise lit up the streaky clouds, which soon turned to back to mist. – Mark Harley. Canon EOS 6D, Canon 17-44mm L, ISO 3200, f4, 30 sec
Electric storms are not a common sight in my hometown. With the first signs of one building up, I grabbed my camera and drove up the nearby Kanonkop. The storm quickly moved in towards Stellenbosch and I was just in time. With unbelievable luck, I pressed the shutter button just as a bolt of lightning hit a power line with a bright display of flashes and sparks. – By Gideon Malherbe, Paarl Canon EOS 5D Mk IV, Canon EF 24-105mm, ISO 50, f/16, 1/30 sec
I wanted to get the Milky Way behind the lighthouse and take the shot at an unusual angle. I calculated the exact night when the Milky Way would line up and when I arrived, at 10pm, it was overcast, so I had to wait two hours until it cleared. I then had to travel back to Jeffrey’s Bay at almost 1am. – Hesham Shaaban. Canon 5D MKIII, 16-35mm MKII @24mm, ISO 4000, f/3,2, 20,00s
This cheetah was marking its territory after the short rains in the Greater Kruger, Sabi Sands. I took this shot from the open game vehicle. – by Annemarie du Plesis. Canon EOS 5D Miv, Canon EF 70-200, ISO 100, F/3.2, 1/1600 sec