Tugela Falls, Drakensberg
Photo by Stephen Child
I camped on the escarpment about 50 metres from the top of the Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg and woke up before dawn on a cold, cloudless morning to capture this wonderful sunrise. I stood on top of the Amphitheatre, overlooking Royal Natal National Park and Tugela Gorge. Eastern Buttress, Devil’s Tooth and Inner Tower peaks can be seen behind the person.
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Stephen has blended four images, taken at different exposures, to balance the light in a technique known as high dynamic range (HDR) photography. The person and foreground add scale to this remarkable landscape.
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Photo by Jay Roode, www.sky-hawk.co.za.
Flying over Bazaruto Archipelago is one of life’s great gifts. Its surreal beauty leaves you in open-mouthed wonder while your brain scrabbles to find words to describe what you’re seeing. It’s almost a physical assault of colour and you have no idea of its exquisite reality until you’ve experienced it. The tide goes out about 15 kilometres, exposing the underlying sand- banks around the islands, which the local fishermen use as a platform from which to spread their seine nets in the deep-water channels.
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Jay has captured this scene faultlessly with an excellent use of colour, composition and perspective.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Photo by Andrew Schoeman, www.andrewschoemanphotography.co.za.
While on a trip to Tanzania, I stayed at the Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. The Grumeti River had dried up, forcing the hippos to converge on a single pool of water in front of the camp. They had become quite relaxed with people and I spent about an hour at the water’s edge, photographing them as they jostled for position.
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One hippo, which is sharply in focus, stands out from the rest, giving the viewer an immediate focal point. The tight crop accentuates the cramped feeling of the hippos and visually describes their predicament. The strong eye contact with one individual adds punch.