A selection of the best readers’ photographs submitted to the Getaway Gallery photo competition for June 2017.
Getaway Gallery is a prestigious showcase of the best photographs our readers have to offer. We have exciting prizes to be won this year to the value of over R202 100, from equipment through to a photographic safari in Botswana.
Each month, readers can vote online for their favourite image of the month. Voting for this gallery is now closed and votes have been tallied.
The winning Image of the Month goes to Yann Macherez for ‘George’. Congratulations, Yann!
Take a look at the May 2017 gallery for more inspirational images.
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It was a cloudy morning and although I was not sure if I would get a good sunrise, I decided to head out to Shark Rock Pier at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival the colour of the clouds was magnificent. I set up my camera and captured this shot. There was no wind, and the reflection of the lights and colours on the ocean was absolutely beautiful. – By Cindy Bester, Despatch Nikon D5100, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 100, f/4,5, 2.5 sec
This image of a female leopard was taken in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in Mpumalanga. She descended the tree after the sun had set, ready for an evening of hunting. – By Willem Kruger, Bloemfontein Nikon D4, Nikon 600mm f/4, ISO 4000, f/4, 1/1250 sec
This image was taken at an overnight hide in Zimanga. There was a massive thunderstorm that flooded the hide. After the worst of the storm the bullfrogs came out of hiding and started to mate. The sound of the croaking was overwhelming. They did not 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
I found this little katydid nymph hiding inside a hibiscus flower. I had to kneel down and get very close, approximately 5-10 cm away, as the nymph is about 1cm in size. They are relatives of the cricket and have antennas two or three times longer than their bodies. They go through three stages of development, namely egg, nymph and adult. Once they hatch as a nymph they look like adults but without wings. – Elaine de Bruin, Rustenburg Nikon D7000, Tamron 90mm f/2.8, ISO 100, f/16, 1/250 sec
One can taste the fear in this station as zebras run the gauntlet of crocodiles in the Mara River, Kenya. – By Clint Ralph, Pretoria East Canon 1DX Mark II, Canon 600mm f/4L II, ISO 1000, f/10, 1/2500 sec
This image is called Yang because of the position of Egyptian goose feather in the light part of the photo. In Chinese philosophy, Yang is the active male principle of the universe, characterized as male and creative, and associated with heaven, heat, and light. This image was captured on a windy afternoon as I watched this feather moving with the wind around a pond. I only had my 400mm lens on me without image stabilisation and a minimum focusing distance of 3,5meters so this was a tricky shot with a moving feather. – By Ryan Ramsamy, Durban Canon 70D, Canon 400mm, f/5.6L, ISO1600, f/5.6, 1/2000sec
This photo of a Painted Reed Frog was taken at the Durban Botanical Gardens in the evening. The light was poor so the camera flash had to be used. The camera was hand held. – By Ryan Ramsamy, Durban Canon 70D, Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 250, f/8,1/250 sec
I’d been assigned to do reportage on Rooibos farms in South Africa. George is one of the oldest producers of the Heiveld community, Nieuwoudtville. He still actively produces rooibos and never once lost his wry smile! – by Yann Macherez, Cape Town Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 160, f/3.2, 1/250 sec
I was photographing a tawny eagle when my husband whispered to me look down. Without moving my eyes away from the camera, I moved the lens down into the long grass. I got two images of this beauty and thenhe was gone. We were extremely lucky to get almost daily sightings of African wildcat in the Kgalagadi. – By Donita Visser, Rustenburg Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 400mm f/5.6, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/6400 sec
Taken whilst watching this Lilac Breasted Roller flitting between the Zebras, catching the insects that were being flushed up on the plains of the Masai Mara. – By Clint Ralph, Pretoria East Canon 1DX Mark II, Canon 600mm f/4L II, ISO 1000, f/10, 1/2500 sec