Getaway Gallery Photo Competition September 2018

Here’s the latest selection of the best readers’ photographs submitted to the Getaway Gallery Photographic Competition in association with Canon for September 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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  • Baboon Family by Willem Kruger
    We were doing an afternoon game drive in the Mashatua Nature Reserve in Botswana, one late afternoon, and next to almost dry riverbed we came across a group of baboons. The baboons were gathering around a small pool of water to have a last drink before moving to the trees to roost for the night. Some members were drinking water while others were enjoying the last of the setting sun while keeping a watchful eye for any sign of danger. Here is a family of three looking over the riverbed scanning the surroundings for danger. The setting sun, and the baboons looking into the sun, providing me with some interesting backlighting. I just love what seem to be three relaxed baboons on a termite mount next to a dry riverbed but one is wondering what are they really looking at. - By Willem Kruger Nikon D3S AF-S VR Nikkor 600mm f/4G , ISO1250, f/8, 1/1000 sec
  • Fred Astaire Dwarfed by the Forest by Robert Hofmeyr
    This shot was taken in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, in November 2017. Heavy rains a few weeks before our arrival had resulted in a lot of new growth, so the forest was thick and green. The Elephant's name is Fred Astaire and he is one of the few elephants who stand on their hind legs to reach the leaves and seed pods in the canopy. He is easily recognisable by his tracking collar and the distinctive markings on his back. I chose this shot because I love the colours of the forest and the sense of scale the elephant provides. -By Robert Hofmeyr, Hermanus, Western Cape Red Weapon, Sigma 300-800, ISO 800, f/7, 1/100sec
  • The Colony by Erlo Brown
    My wife and I are busy walking the entire South West coast of Africa, 2700km from Cape Aghulhas to the border of Angola. We came across this colony of seals near Kleinzee on the west coast. The shear size of the colony is overwhelming, with hundreds of thousands of individuals covering a 4km section of coastline. Death and life walk parallel here. Jackal circle below while gulls circle above. Newborns lie waiting for their moms to return with fish next to carcasses of seals that will never fish again. Among all the chaos I managed to capture this photograph of adults and pups alike making their way to the water. This scene perfectly captures how strangely wild this place is. -By Erlo Brown, Hermanus Canon 5D Mk iii, Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM f/4-5.6 L, ISO 320, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec
  • Sunset Yawn by Stuart Hancock
    We were at Phinda Forest camp and found two cheetah brothers on an embankment surveying the open marsh. We viewed them from the top of the embankment when the sun started to light up the clouds behind them. We moved below the embankment to be able to shoot up at the Cheetah with the glorious backdrop of clouds coming to life at sunset. With a last yawn in the warm glow, he walked off to settle in for the evening. I love the simplicity of this composition and the unreal light we were treated to. -By Stuart Hancock , Parkmore, Johannesburg Canon 5D MKii, Canon L series 300mm F2.8, ISO 200, F4.5, 1/160th
  • Red-billed Ox-pecker by Pierre Jordaan
    I was watching the buffalo drinking water early in the morning at the overnight hide in the Zimanga Private game reserve. After a while the red-billed ox-peckers decided to join the buffalo. The ox-pecker was initially sitting on the buffalo, but eventually decided to come down to drink water. The nose of the buffalo was an ideal platform for the ox-pecker. I loved this image with the early morning sunlight in the eyes of the red-billed ox-pecker. Due to the fact that was still early in the morning I had to increase my ISO to 1600 to get a shutter speed that is fast enough to freeze the action. -By Pierre Jordaan, Mpumalanga Canon EOS 7D MkII, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8, ISO 1600, f/3.5, 1/160 sec
  • Sunrise drinks by Prof Gert Lamprecht
    I captured the scene at about 6 in the morning at the Sitzas Waterhole, near the Mata-Mata camp, in the Kgalgadi Trans Frontier Park. The rising sun through dust in the air as well as the dark Camel thorn trees formed an ideal backdrop. It requires perfect timing as well as some luck to capture the familiar water pattern when the Giraffe lifts its head from the water. A backlit scene is almost imperative to obtain the atmosphere of this image. The composition, where three other Giraffes balance the action part, was a very welcome bonus. -By Prof Gert Lamprecht, Bloemfontein Free State South Africa Canon EOS-1D, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM, ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/6000 sec
  • Sunrise Ghost by Matthieu Rivart
    When I entered Kruger Park, just before sunrise, I headed directly to one of my favorite roads. I was hoping for a leopard sighting along the dry riverbed. I did not wait long before a young leopard appeared and jumped in the tree close by. I parked just under the tree where it was resting, and for the next two hours, it offered me a wonderful ballet under the morning light. -By Matthieu Rivart, Johannesburg Nikon D850, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 320, f/4, 1/1000sec
  • The story of the dolphin and the whale by Martijn Schouten
    When humpback whales migrate past the coast of South Africa on their way to Mozambique they are normally in a rush to get to their destination and not playful at all, yet sometimes you get a youngster that's not shy to play for a bit and circle the boat. On this occasion I was very lucky that there was a small pod of Bottlenose dolphins that played with the whale. Here you can see one of the smaller bottlenose dolphins and an estimated 2/3-year-old humpback having some playtime! Photographed this scene off the coast of port St Johns, on the wild coast of South Africa. One of the most amazing things to see underwater is the interaction between different animals when they cross each others path, what made this encounter so special for me was how curious both species were towards each other and it was really amazing to get this close to them! -By Martijn Schouten, Glencairn, Cape Town Canon 550d, Tokina fisheye 10-17mm f2.4, ISO 200, f/10, 1/200sec
  • Dew Covered Butterfly by Leslie Clemence
    Where I stay, we very seldom have mist. But at the top of my bucket-list was to photograph a dew-covered insect, dragonfly or butterfly would do. One morning, my daughter messaged me to say that the open space in Sunridge Park where I like to photograph flowers, was like a fairyland in the mist. I went off to photograph the spider webs, which I thought would be abundant. They were, and after an hour, I was soaked, but happy, so started walking back to my car. Something caught my eye next to the path, and there was this butterfly, covered in dew. And because it was so cold still, the butterfly never moved during the impromptu photoshoot that ensued. It was wonderful! -By Leslie Clemence, Port Elizabeth Camera Pentax K-5, Sigma 70mm f2.8 macro + Pentax 1.4 teleconverter, ISO 400, F/11, 1/640sec
  • Raven of Kilimanjaro by John Mullineux
    While the rest of the camp was readying for breakfast before the dreaded Barranco wall trek (as seen in the midground) I walked around following this white-necked raven. I wanted to capture the subtle interplay between the little wildlife high up on Kilimanjaro and the hikers while still having a clear sense of place. Having the unique vegetation, clouds and the raven flying with the quintessential background all in one frame signaled time for me to join for breakfast too. -By John Mullineux, Secunda Canon 5DsR, Canon 16-35 f2.8 L mkiii , ISO 640, f/3.2, 1/1600 sec