Getaway Gallery Photo Competition October 2018

Here’s the latest selection of the best readers’ photographs submitted to the Getaway Gallery Photographic Competition in association with Canon for October 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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Our 2018 Getaway Gallery Competition in association with Canon is now open with fantastic travel and equipment prizes up for grabs! Here’s how to send us your photographs.

  • Highly Commended: This image was captured in Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. Baboons are fascinating animals to observe as they have a complex social structure: In this image a dominant male is disciplining a younger male in the troop. What I love most about this image is the drama created by the dust surrounding the dominant male - highlighting his intense stare. -By Rodger Bowren, Cape Town Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm, ISO: 800, f/8, 1/1600sec
  • Finalist: I See You We had some interesting moments in the hide at Karongwe Private Nature Reserve in Limpopo, watching a group of baboons around the waterhole. This male did not trust us in the hide, but had to have a drink of water. The look in his eyes says it all. – By Willem Kruger, Bloemfontein Nikon D4, Nikkor 600mm f/4, ISO 800, f/11, 1/1 000 sec
  • Finalist: Silent Approach Believe it or not, I took this photo in my backyard. My friend and I wanted to take long exposures of the night sky, and as we walked with our light, we almost collided with this spider’s web. A street light provided the perfect backlighting. – By Neil MacLachlan, Cape Town Nikon D3200, Sigma 70-300mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/30 sec
  • Highly Commended: I was photographing Sangrouse flying in and out of a water hole to get their morning drink, and the challenge was to try and capture them as they took off from the water. After many failures I found the best option was to fire the motor drive on the camera before they flew so to get the lift off shot. That worked. I like the image as it captures the energy of these bird. -by Ken Woods Nikon D 850, 500 f4 lens, ISO 900, F8 at 1/4000
  • Finalist: Sisters in Arms We were waiting out a typical summer afternoon storm next to Mankwe Dam in Pilanesberg and, as it turned out, so were these two cheetahs, hidden in the long grass. I loved how they sat looking in opposite directions, scanning their surroundings. – By Jenny Lawrence, Johannesburg Canon 7D, Canon 100-400mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/2 000 sec
  • Highly Commended: Serenity This image was taken in Etosha at the Halali waterhole. I just got the fire going for dinner at the campsite. I grabbed my camera and ran to the waterhole as the sun was setting, the sky was just magical and then the rhino came out to drink and it was the most amazing experience I have ever experienced as a photographer. - Charmaine Venter.
  • Finalist: Sunbird in Salvia I took this image on a lovely spring morning in the Elgin Valley. After sitting still for a while, this southern doublecollared sunbird became comfortable with my presence and I was able to photograph it. – By Rodger Bowren, Cape Town Canon D600, Canon 55-250mm, ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/
  • Highly Commended: Discontent It was dry season and the only permanent waterhole near South Camp, Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana. We noticed that there was very little water, just mud. Animals were teaming at the waterhole. A big herd of elephant arrived. After chasing away all the other animals they enjoyed a mud bath and went off. This bull stayed. He almost attacked the water, as if to show his discontent. It went on for quite some time and then suddenly he turned around and followed the herd. -By Hilda le Roux, Western Cape Canon 1DX, Canon 500mm f4, ISO 320, f/8, 1/800 sec
  • Finalist: Smoke on the Water My wife and I were staying at the Ntshingwayo Dam in Chelmsford Nature Reserve in KZN. One morning shcalled me to come look at the beautiful sunrise. It was freezing cold and I was reluctant to get out of my warm bed, but the photographer in me won the battle! The scene wass 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
  • Highly Commended: Hippo charge On our way back to the lodge late one afternoon after a game drive, we came across a few hippos in a smallish pool. We stopped to observe their behaviour before having our sundowner. One of the hippos was not impressed with our vehicle parked next to water. This hippo showed its intension, giving me the opportunity for an unusual shot of a hippo’s aggression in the golden hour. - By Willem Kruger, Bloemfontein Nikon D3S camera, AF-S VR Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED, ISO 800, f/4, 1/640 sec