A selection of the best readers’ photographs submitted to the Getaway Gallery photo competition for March 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 Rainer von Brandis for ‘Busy Coral Reef’. Congratulations, Rainer!
Take a look at the February 2017 gallery for more inspirational images.
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I followed this turtle around a remote unexplored reef in the outer islands of the Seychelles. I was probably the first human it had ever encountered and thus it was not concerned by my presence at all. I remained with the turtle until late in the afternoon, waiting for better light, and eventually took this image when some rabbitfish 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
This is Africa to me. Waking up before sunrise, walking along a semi-dry riverbed, getting chased by plovers and Egyptian geese, stumbling upon a herd of Kudu -all while the cool morning breeze ushers in that fierce African sun. The image was taken next to the Bloukrans River in Colenso. – By Justin Pringle, Kloof Nikon D750, Nikon 10-24mm, ISO 125, f/13, 15 sec
This macro image is of a dragonfly dusted by the pollen of a Zimbabwean flamelilly that I had in my garden. I had saved it from the waters of my swimming pool and waited with it while it dried off. Shortly after I took the images it flew away. – By Leon Pelser, Mpumalanga Sony a55, Sigma 105mm f/2.8, ISO 200, f/11, 1 sec
Baboons have complex social structures. Scientific evidence shows that for a baboon to succeed a complicated balance of relationships, friendships, and status manoeuvres is demanded. The ensuing political scheming results in frequent altercations between troop members, as this image taken in the Greater Kruger National Park shows. – By Elmar Venter, Pretoria Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec
We’d been searching for these cubs and their mother for two days in Londolozi Game Reserve when finally, late in the morning of an overcast day, we found the female cub in a Marula tree. We sat and waited with her for a few hours, and eventually the young male came out and joined his sister in the tree. After a highly entertaining play session, they settled down right where we had wanted them on the open branch. We were positioned nearby, in the hope that they would do this, but could never have predicted that they would lie this perfectly! – By Nick Kleer, Hazyview Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f/2.8L, ISO 1250, f/6.3, 1/800 sec
On a road trip down to Durban we took a pass through Clarens and the Golden Gate Nature Reserve. By Ashley Christophers, Johannesburg Nikon D5500, Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 100, f/22, 1/30 sec
I took this image at Dunes, in Noordhoek. Noordhoek is arguably one of the best surfing spots in South Africa- a perfect getaway spot for all surfers. – By Dean Bannatyne, Cape Town Canon 100D, Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6, ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/2000 sec
At Tswalu Kalahari we are lucky enough to find pangolin in the late afternoon, especially during winter months. My tracker tracked down the elusive animal, and we still had enough time to photograph this beauty in golden light. – by Kosie Lategan, Tswalu Kalahari Canon 600D, Canon 70-200mm f/4, ISO 400, f/4, 1/250 sec
This photo was taken while guiding in the Sabi Sands. Using a telephoto lens, I was able to capture a female leopard moving through an open area towards a drainage line without disturbing her. The overhead conditions were gloomy so I set a relatively high ISO and a wide aperture for a decent exposure and blurred background.- By Pravir Patel, Makhado Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4 L II, ISO 2000, f/4, 1/125 sec
A pack of wild dogs in the Sabi Sands had approached a waterhole where a lone male hippo was resting. After a few minutes the hippo became a bit restless and moved out of the waterhole while the wild dogs watched from the edge. – By Pravir Patel, Makhado Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4 L II, ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/800 sec
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