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The 2011 Fujifilm Getaway Wildlife and Environment Photographic Competition once again had judges locking horns and some submissions generated animated debate among judges Dave Hamman, Chris Renshaw and Getaway’s Evan Haussmann. But, when all was said and done, they agreed the final selections were outstanding. These were the images and photographers that took the honours.


Getaway Wildlife Photographer of the Year (overall best image)

Kobus Tollig, ‘Going for it’

Prize: Three nights’ accommodation for two people sharing at Pumba Private Game Reserve and Spa, including all meals, selected beverages, two game drives daily and transfers to and from Port Elizabeth airport, valued at R32?000.


Landscapes and plants

Winner: Mitchell Krog, ‘Deadvlei sunrise’

Prize: Six nights’ accommodation for two people sharing on dinner, bed and breakfast basis at any of the following Wilderness Safaris Adventure Camps in Namibia: Andersson’s Camp, Kulala Wilderness and/or Desert Camp, Doro Nawas and Palmwag Lodge, valued at R19?500.

First runner-up:

Loretta Steyn wins R5?000

Second runner-up:

Andrew Schoeman wins R2?500


Animal behaviour

Winner: Kobus Tollig, ‘Going for it’

Prize: Three nights’ accommodation for two people at Elephant Valley Lodge in Chobe, Botswana, including meals, a daily boat cruise and game drive, valued at R16?000.

First runner-up:

Seyms Brugger wins R5?000

Second runner-up:

Andrew Averley wins R2?500


People in nature

Winner: Lesley Rochat, ‘Mysterious death’

Prize: Four nights’ accommodation for two people sharing at Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel in White River, including breakfast, valued at R10 000.

First runner-up:

Adrian De Kock wins R5?000

Second runner-up:

Lee Slabber wins R2?500



Winner: Geo Cloete, ‘Focused’

Prize: Three nights’ accommodation for two people sharing on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at A’Zambezi River Lodge, including drinks, a sunset cruise, a tour of Victoria Falls and a game drive, valued at R10 000.

First runner-up:

Lesley Rochat wins R5?000

Second runner-up:
Geo Cloete wins R2?500


Sasol birds

Winner: Pieter Saayman, ‘Got ya’

Prize: Three nights’ accommodation for two people sharing at Isandlwana Lodge in the Zululand hills, including meals, tea, coffee and three bottles of wine as well as a tour of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, valued at R13?800.

First runner-up:

Erlo Brown wins R5?000

Second runner-up:

Stephen Earle wins R2?500


Insects and reptiles

Winner: Loretta Steyn, ‘Catch me if you can’

Prize: Four nights’ accommodation for two people sharing in the honeymoon suite at Olivia Game Lodge near Bloemfontein, including meals and refreshments as well as a game drive at feeding time and a sundowner game drive, valued at R10?500.

First runner-up:

Gary Parker wins R5?000

Second runner-up:

Heinrich Human wins R2?500



Winner: James Campbell, ‘Last light on the dunes’

Prize: Four nights’ superior suite accommodation for two people at The Cavern Resort and Spa in the heart of the Drakensberg, including all meals, morning and afternoon tea, guided hikes, horse-riding, trout fishing and a spa treatment of your choice, valued at R10?000.

First runner-up:

Jean Marx wins R5?000


Animal general

Winner: Mitchell Krog, ‘At the mercy of men’.

Prize: Three nights’ luxury accommodation for two people sharing in a Riverside Manor room at Singwe River Lodge in Balule Reserve, near Kruger National Park, including meals, drinks vouchers and two game drives daily with an experienced ranger and Shangaan tracker, valued at R14?670.

First runner-up:

Mitchell Krog wins R5?000

Second runner-up:

Vicky Human wins R2?500



Visit Fujifilm to see the 2009 and 2010 winners galleries.


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  • Nawhaal

    Those pics are AMAZING!

  • Thank you Getaway/Fujifilm South Africa and all the other sponsors for supporting wildlife photography and this wonderful opportunity. Congratulations to all the various winners and runner ups, a great deal of inspirational photos to marvel at!

  • JP

    Great images and congrats to all.

    Why aren’t the images ordered by winners instead of alphabetically?

    Also why is “Getaway Wildlife photographer of the Year (overall best image)” mixed in with this article which is actually “2011 Fujifilm Getaway Wildlife Photography Awards”, they are totally separate things.

    The category ordering of the awards list is also not correct.

    • Evan

      Hi JP,
      You are mistaken with the comment about the ‘mixing’ of competition results. Getaway overall winner is exactly what it says – the overall winner of this Getaway/Fujifulm competition.

      As for how things are structured, you may have a point if you are saying the organisation could have been better, can’t everything always be better? That said, there are no rules, you say potato… know what I mean?

      Thanks for the feedback, all forms of it are always welcome.


  • Wilma Meiring

    Absolutely outstanding work by all the photographers. Congratulations to all the winners. Enjoy your prizes, you deserve them. Once again “Well Done”

  • Thank you Getaway and Fuji for selecting my image. A huge congratulations to the other winners 🙂

  • I would like to thank Getaway and Fujifilm South Africa for this great honour and recognition of my work. I’m still pinching myself every now and again to make sure I am not dreaming 🙂

    A BIG congratulations to all the other winners and receivers of certificates of merit.

  • Thank you Getaway and Fujifilm for the huge honour of winning this year’s competition.
    Congratulations also to all the other winners. South-Africa truly has great photographers!

  • Gale

    Wow spectacular…. what a capture!!!!!!!

  • Anthony Robbins

    Well Done all, fantastic images and well deserving winners.

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  • A big thank you to Getaway/Fujifilm for awarding one of my images a certificate of merit. Congrats to all the winners, enjoy your prizes and to those who received C.O.M.s, well done! No doubt we will all be back next year.

  • Leanne

    How do I get my paws on these photographs? Do you bring out a book with all these images? And if so, when will it come out?

  • Wow, thanks for sharing these great images from the competition.

    There are so many exceptional shots in the collection every year and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to pick just a favourite photographer or photo from the bunch.

    Kudos to everyone involved in showcasing this talent and for another great exhibition this year. Well done!

  • VERY NICE – always a good motivation to pick up my camera and start shooting

  • These images are spectacular… Every year when the winners get released it rejuvenates my passion for photography!!

  • Anne Bindoff

    these are really amazing pictures, adding to the realisation that its not only the equipment, its the eye, comittment and talent that makes these the quality they are… !!