How to enter the 2018 Getaway Gallery photo competition

Our 2018 Getaway Gallery Competition in association with Canon is now open with fantastic travel and equipment prizes up for grabs!

For a full prize list and to read terms and conditions, go to our Gallery Competition page.

1. What are we looking for?

We have three categories for entry: wildlife, landscapes and culture. We’re looking for original images that make us sit up and take notice. We judge images on three aspects: technical ability, overall aesthetics and storytelling ability.


2. Accepted subject matter and image editing

Read our full description of our allowed criteria for image entry and edits on our Gallery Competition page


3. Resize and rename your images

Resize the longest edge of the image to 15cm at 240 dpi. Save your image under the title (your name_image title) and close your image.


4. Copy, paste and answer the following points into your email

Full name:
Area of Permanent residence:
Brief description of the scene and how you took the image:
Camera model:
Lens model:
Shutter Speed:


5. Send us your images

Email your photos to [email protected] – please note that we accept a maximum of five images a person a month. If you have more than five images to submit, please wait and submit them the following month. The first time you send us an image, you will receive a response saying your image has been submitted. Thereafter, you will not receive any more acknowledgement emails as our server won’t recognize you as a new sender.


Previous finalists and winners

Overall winner 2017: I followed this turtle around a remote unexplored reef in the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. It was not concerned by my presence at all and I remained with it until late in the afternoon, waiting for better light. I eventually took this image when some rabbit fish 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


Deadvlei in Sossusvlei, Namibia, has been photographed extensively so I decided to approach it from a unique angle. Mist had rolled in early that morning, creating an eerie effect. I headed west and discovered a lower section of the vlei. From this vantage point, I was able to capture its cracked floor at eye-level, which resulted in what looks like a cross-section of this famous location . – By Michael Kolbé, Wynberg. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-105mm f/4, ISO 125, f/7.1, 1/200 sec


Culture winner: In Rwanda this dance is traditionally performed
when welcoming men back from battle. I took this image from ground level using an off-camera flash. – By Nelis Wolmarans, Cape Town. Canon 1Dx, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/2000 sec


Getaway Gallery

I took this image in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, near the Kij Kij waterhole. I had seen this calf earlier in the day, shortly after it was born. Little did I know that I would later witness its death. The small herd of wildebeest had been walking towards the waterhole when they, unfortunately, passed some lion. This was when the calf was caught… for myself, the impact of this image lies in the way that the lion is staring, almost sympathetically, down at this helpless little creature and the fear in its eyes as it looked at its killer, begging for mercy. The saddest thing was the next morning, when I saw the mother walking and calling for her little calf.- By Dr. Johan Kloppers, Fish Hoek. Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 500mm f/4L, ISO 1250, f/4.5, 1/1000 sec


We visited a local Masai community on a recent trip to Ol Donyo Lodge near Chyulu Hills, between Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks, Kenya. I find the unpredictably of Africa blissfully liberating and this picture of a Masai woman laughing at my friend Penny as she attempted to dance shows how the joy of dance translates the same across the African continent. – By Nicole Ackermann. Canon 600D, Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/400 sec