Getaway Photo Competition February 2018 A selection of the best readers’ photographs submitted to the Getaway Gallery photo competition for February 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. Take a look at the winners from last year for more inspirational images. Submit your images here I was in the Overberg, Western Cape, when I came across a pair of blue cranes in the wheat fields, recently harvested. One of them suddenly started to jump up and down as if performing a dance, while the other looked on, suitably impressed. I managed to capture this frame at the perfect moment. – By Ken Woods, Cape Town. Nikon D850, Nikon 300mm f/4, ISO 400, f/9.5, 1/2000 sec. The sun was beginning to drop to the horizon. This young rhino bull was kicking up dust as he spun around trying to figure out the foreign noise and smell of our car. While I was focusing on how I could use the dust and side light to make an interesting shot, he slowly came closer. I was able to capture a portrait and draw attention to his beautiful hazel eyes. – By Chase Wells, Johannesburg. Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/2.8, ISO 500, f/5, 1/1250 sec Back on the boat, returning from an awesome scuba dive on one of Sodwana’s many beautiful reefs, we came across a small pod of four bottlenose dolphins. After a short time observing them it was clear they were very playful so we jumped into the water with just our snorkelling gear. The dolphins circled us for about 10 minutes, getting so close that it was difficult to photograph them. I still get dizzy recalling this absolutely awesome experience! – By Barbara Louw, Cape Town. Nikon D70, Nikkor 12-24mm, ISO 320, f/9, 1/200 sec A small herd of wildebeest in the riverbed at Mata-Mata Rest Camp in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park kicked up dust as they moved. The rising sun behind them created this silhouette. – By Alex Boonzaaier, Kleinmond. Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II, ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/5000 sec I saw these crinkles with that white mascara and asked my sister to tie Lencos (capulanas) on her head for a photograph. Known as Mussiro or N’Siro, today it is said that it serves not only to beautify the skin, but according to tradition, in the past its use implied other meanings related to the marital status of women. By Absélio Samuel, Mozambique. Canon 18-55mm, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/125 sec. These zebra were taken at the overnight hide in the Zimanga Private game reserve, which allows you to get really close and low for the animals drinking. In fact they were so close I had to use a wide lens! By Alan Nixon, Durban. Canon 24-70mm, ISO 800, f5.6, 1/160sec The photo was taken at Umngazana on the Transkei Wild Coast between 10 and 12pm. I knew that this cave faces perfectly south, and therefore had potential for a startrail image. Recently I was down there when conditions were perfect – a cloudless clear night with a half moon to light up the beach. In all, 14 consecutive 10-minute exposures were taken to capture the star trails, and one 15 second exposure to capture the cave walls, which I lit up with an LED light. These images were then stacked in photoshop to create the final image. By Grant Hutchison, Durban. Canon 11-24mm, ISO 100, f/7.1, 10 min. A preening green-backed heron reveals the beautiful colours of its plumage. By Elmar Venter, Pretoria. Canon 500mm f4, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/250 sec. I was at a backpackers for a friends bachelor party and during the debauchery I noticed this gentleman fishing as the sun was setting. By Andrew Taylor, Empangeni. Nikon 70 – 300mm f4. – 5.6, ISO 250, f/5, 1/320 sec The cheetah approached just after sunset while we were looking at some elephant on game drive in the Madikwe Game Reserve. I had to steady the camera and lens with a big bean bag because of the low light conditions. By Werner Dippenaar, Madikwe. Canon 70-200mm, ISO 800, f2.8, 1/400sec.