A selection of the best readers’ photographs submitted to the Getaway Gallery photo competition for October 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 worth over R202100, 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 Ruan Springorum for ‘Shade’. Congratulations, Ruan!
Take a look at the September 2017 gallery for more inspirational images.
Submit your images here
I watched as this southern European bee-eater splashed into the dam, taking a bath at the Terrapin Hide in Madikwe, South Africa. – By John Mullineux, Secunda
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm LII, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/3200 sec
I found this male cheetah warming up in the early morning sunlight in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Grahamstown. I really wanted to capture the beautiful light and shadows on his face, and waited until the sun caught and lit up his eyes. – By Ruan Springorum, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 400mm f/2.8L, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/640 sec
This image was taken in the early morning at Okaukuejo waterhole in Etosha National Park. I waited and watched as several zebra came down to the waterhole to quench their thirst. I was thrilled that all seven were drinking simultaneously, and the early morning light was more than kind to me, producing this beautiful reflection. – By Braeme Holland, Cape Town Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f/4, ISO 500, f/4, 1/640 sec
While staying at Mata-Mata rest camp in the Kgalagadi National Park, we were introduced to our new neighbours: this adorable meerkat family. The sentry fascinated me the most. I take great pleasure in thinking that I caught this sentry while daydreaming, even if just for a moment. The wind pulling gently on its coat gives the image a surreal feeling that I will cherish always. – By Tinus von Wielligh, Lothair Canon 70D, Canon 400mm f/5.6, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec
This goliath heron was fishing in the Chobe River, Botswana. It was first light, and I captured this mage just as he fumbled his catch. – By Clint Ralph, Pretoria East Canon 1DX Mark II, Canon 600mm f/4, ISO 200, f/4, 1/1600 sec
On our first afternoon game drive we found this young female leopard. We had seen her the previous year, bounding about in play with her mom. Now here she was, on this overcast afternoon, a gorgeous, independent leopard able to hunt and survive on her own. She jumped onto a fallen leadwood tree and we parked near her as she climbed up into the branches. When she descended, we were in the perfect spot – able to capture this intense look and pose showing her stealth and power. A brief moment reflecting the essence of a leopard, and the reason why so many hearts (including mine) are captivated by this creature. – By Richard Mckibbin, Umhlanga Rocks Nikon D600, Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6, ISO 640, f/5, 1/640 sec
I went by 4×4 to Sandwich Harbour. Once there, I launched my Phantom 4 drone into the air to get this aerial view. – By Anna-Mart Kruger, Walwis Bay DJI Phantom 4, ISO 100, f2.8, 1/550 sec
Three Cape buffalo drinking at the overnight hide of Zimanga. – By John Mullineux, Secunda Canon 6D,
Sigma 20mm f/1.4,
, f/1.4, 1/200 sec
A derelict room located in Kolmanskop, Luderitz. This abandoned hospital is rundown now, filled only with desert sand. – Kayleigh-Anne Brogan, Cape Town, Nikon D610, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR, ISO 640, f/4, 1/80 sec
This White-Bellied sunbird was photographed near Lower Sabie in the Kruger National Park. It was moving from one flower to the next, having an absolute feast. The shot was taken so that the beautiful orange of the flower is present but the colouring of the bird still stands out. – By Helgardt Pretorius, Benoni Canon 7D, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L, ISO 100,f/6.3, 1250 sec