Getaway Gallery Photo Competition December 2018

Here’s the latest selection of the best readers’ photographs submitted to the Getaway Gallery Photographic Competition in association with Canon for December 2018.

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 nearly R150000, from equipment through to a dream trip to Madagascar.


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  • HIGHLY COMMENDED – Community – I photographed this image a while ago close to Tsumkwe, Namibia. This village has very little connection with the Western world, and continues to hunt, using traditional techniques. My brother and I had the privilege to live with them for a week, experiencing their amazing culture. It was here were we truly learned that one's possessions has no effect on your happiness. This picture incorporates the simplicity of the people's lives and the joy one can find in the little things. – Werner Reyneke Nikon D300s, 18-70mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/250 sec
  • FINALIST – Maltese Cross under the Milky Way – I was on a trip in memory of my late wife, Ingie, to photograph the rock features and stars in the Cederberg. This photo required a two-hour hike and camping overnight. I set up low-level lighting on supports to illuminate the Cross and put my camera on a tripod to expose with a remote. This shot shows the beauty of the Milky Way in a truly dark sky just after astronomical dusk. It’s good for the soul to be in such a beautiful place with nothing but nature as your companion. – By Stuart Jonathan Gray, Westville Canon 6D, Samyang XP 14mm f/2.4 , ISO 6400, f/2.4, 20 sec
  • FINALIST – Looking Down on Moyo – On a trip back to Durban, where I grew up, I explored a new angle to shoot iconic Moyo Pier at South Beach, which is mostly captured at sunrise. Once the early morning colour had disappeared and the light was flat, I took my drone up and shot in portrait to use the image as a screen saver on my phone. The perspective that the drone gives never fails to astonish me, and the pic makes me smile every time I unlock my phone. – By Pranesh Inderlall Luckan, Johannesburg DJI Mavic Air, with ND 4 filter, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/15 sec
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED – Milky Way over Hout Bay, South Africa – I was really surprised by how visible the Milky Way was even with the light pollution coming from the Hout Bay. Also being able to see Mars reflecting off of the ocean was truly amazing and something I have not seen before. All-in-all a great night out for the end of Astro season here in South Africa. – Kyle Goetsch, Cape Town (9 image panorama) Nikon d600, sigma art 24mm lens, 13 sec, f1.8 , iso 800
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED – Dancin' in the woods – It had been a long, hot and dry day in the Kruger National Park where we had seen preciously little. In the late afternoon my wife and I decided to chase some action, any action, to make use of the setting sun together with the dust. We were lucky to come across a troop of baboons near camp that were quite playful. This little guy dropped himself from a tree as he played by himself with the woodland and sun behind him. Canon 7D2, Canon 100-400 mkII, f/5.6; 1/1000s; ISO 400 John Mullineux from Secunda
  • FINALIST – The Look – Having been on many solo trips, I decided to join a photo safari with a tour company. We came across this hippo in the Chobe River watching us from a distance. With the great support systems installed on the boat, I was able to get a well-focused image, even with such a slow shutter speed. – By John Mullineux, Secunda Canon 7D MkII, Canon 500 f/4 (with converter), ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/200 se
  • FINALIST – Throwing a Tantrum – Elephants protect their calves on a 24-hour basis, but when they throw tantrums, as this little one was, they are mostly ignored by the herd. It’s part of their learning curve. It was a treat to watch this calf, at Spekboom Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, go on and on about something that it was very unhappy about and not get the slightest reaction from the adults. – By John Vosloo, Sundays River Valley Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 150-600mm, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/200 sec
  • FINALIST – Autumn Flight – In this close-up of a grey heron on its way to a fishing spot on Vermont Lagoon at Onrus, the warm colours of the brown reeds in the background go well with the early light on the bird. The sun catching the heron’s eye added the final touch. – By Gideon Malherbe, Paarl Canon EOS 7D MkII, Canon EF 400mm f/2.8, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED – Tomato Rock Cod – One strategy that predators rely on is that of ambushing. Although it might be hard to image that this bright red tomato rock cod will be at all able to blend in with its surroundings, to ambush prey, the underwater colour scheme is filled with bright colours and that it is nothing like the terrestrial colour scheme we are used to. This beautiful scene was captured in Sodwana Bay using an underwater housing for my camera and two strobe to help illuminating the scene. Nikon D300 , Tokina AT-X 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 DX Fisheye @ 10mm, ISO 125, f/10, 1/200sec Geo Cloete , Cape Town, South African
  • Finalist – 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