2018 Getaway Gallery winners

Congratulations to John Voslooo on winning the title of Getaway Photographer of the Year for 2018!

First Place

John Vosloo wins the grand prize for his photo titles ‘Eye for an Eye’:
A holiday, arranged by MadagasCat Charters & Travel, to Madagascar, which includes flights for him and his wife from Joburg to Nosy Be, courtesy of Airlink; return airport transfers; full-board accommodation at Sakatia Lodge in a three-bedroom beachfront villa; a special dinner on the beach, including a bottle of wine; introduction to diving with two dives each, and a guided walk of Nosy Sakatia. Value R64 262

Plus John also wins the following gear:
– a Canon 6D MkII DSLR camera
– a Canon 4-105mm IS STM lens
Value R38 999

First runner-up

Geo Cloete wins:
– Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera
– a Canon 18-135mm IS USM lens
Value R27 999

Second runner-up

Lani Edwards wins:
– a Canon EOS M6 mirrorless camera
– a Canon 15-45mm kit lens
Value R14 999

Here are the top ten images submitted to the Getaway Gallery for 2018, as voted by our judges.

  • FIRST PRIZE 'Eye or an Eye' While approaching a ditch in Addo Elephant National Park, I noticed two large buffalo bulls fighting. It was clearly a serious fight. It’s always an exciting scene when two of these massive animals have a full go at each other. Their power and speed is simply unbelievable, and this image shows how easily they can injure each other. I wanted to capture the symmetry and almost-checkmate position of their horns. – By John Vosloo, Sundays River Valley Canon EOS-1D MkIV, Sigma 150-600mm, ISO 1000, f/7.1, 1/250 sec
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED 'Synergy' I captured this image of two lionesses on a kudu-bull kill at Kuzuko Lodge in Addo Elephant National Park. The symmetrical unison of their feeding inspired me to take the picture. To me, it is a reflection of the strength of the coalition between these two females, to the extent that they can feed in this manner, close up, relaxed and with absolute trust in each other. One often sees aggressive feeding and skirmishes at kills, in total contrast to these two. – By John Vosloo, Sundays River Valley Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/200 sec
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED 'The Colony' My wife and I came across this colony of seals near Kleinzee in the Northern Cape. Thousands of them cover a four-kilometre stretch where death and life are parallel: jackals prowl while gulls circle above. Waiting for their moms to return with food, newborns lie next to the carcasses of seals. Amid the chaos, I managed to take this image of adults and pups making their way to the water. – By Erlo Brown, Hermanus Canon 5D MkIII, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6, ISO 320, f/5.6, 1/2 500 sec
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED 'Xidulu: Queen of the Ant Mound' When we first found her, this leopard at Londolozi was lying under a bush in the shade, as it was a very hot afternoon. When the sun started setting she moved to this ant mound, where she lay down in the last light of the day, relaxing peacefully before a night of hunting. – By Teresa Nel, Bloemfontein Nikon D5, Nikon 600mm f/4, ISO 1600, f/4, 1/250 sec
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED 'Swept Away' During a visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, my wife and I spotted a restless young goshawk on the side of the road near the Leeudril waterhole. After an immediate U-turn, I grabbed my camera and started shooting. We missed the hawk’s dive but were rewarded with shots of the takeoff clutching this hefty meerkat. – By Gert Lamprecht, Bloemfontein Canon 1DX MkII, Canon EF 500mm f/4 (with converter), ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/6 000 sec
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED 'African Sacred Ibis Lift-off' I went to the Strandfontein sewage works in Cape Town to practise panning and slow shutter speeds. There was a group of ibis sitting away from the pans. I had the camera set up, and as I got out of my car they all took flight simultaneously. – By Jenny Rood, Cape Town Nikon D600, Tamron 150-600mm, ISO 100, f/15, 1/40 sec
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED 'Eye to Eye' Every year, humpback whales migrate along the west coast of South Africa to feed on krill. The water visibility is not great, but when the whales are not feeding they are very social and don’t mind coming close. At this moment, there were two whales around us, lifting their heads out the water, rolling over and even nudging me with their pectoral fi ns. – By Martijn Schouten, Cape Town Canon 550D, Tokina 10-17mm f/2.8 (with Hugyfot housing), ISO 200, f/9, 1/200 sec
  • 2ND RUNNER-UP 'Translucence' After calling it a day at a bird hide in Kruger (not a feather in sight), I was walking back to the car and happened to look up. There had been a rain shower a few minutes earlier and these egrets, drying and preening themselves, were perfectly placed against the cloudy sky, backlit by the diffused sun. It was eerily beautiful. – By Lani Edwards, Cape Town Canon EOS 550D, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3, ISO 200, f/11, 1/1250 sec
  • 1ST RUNNER-UP 'West Coast Flowers' When I stumbled upon these anemones while exploring the shallows on the West Coast, it reminded me of the yearly spring wildflower season, when the barren landscape transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours. In this case, nature treats us to a marine floral display all year round. – By Geo Cloete, Cape Town Nikon D300, Tokina AT-X 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 DX Fisheye, ISO 200, f/13, 1/125 sec
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED 'Smoke on the Water' My wife and I were staying at the Ntshingwayo Dam in Chelmsford Nature Reserve in KZN. One morning she called me to come look at the beautiful sunrise. The scene was very surreal, with mist billowing above the water and the sun semi-hidden behind it. No one else was daft enough to be camping at the water’s edge in the middle of winter, so the two of us stood alone in quietness and awe. – By Colin Lagerwall, Newcastle Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/2 500 sec