2016 Amateur Wildlife and Birding Photography Competition - Overall Winners

Kingfisher - Simon Beevers


We are delighted to announce that Simon Beevers is our Grand Prize Winner!

The image above has won him the eagerly contested prize of an 8 night Bush and Beach Safari at Indlovu River Lodge in the Greater Kruger Park, and Strand Beach Lodge in the Cape Winelands.  

Judge's comment:  There are so many thing to consider when taking a winning image. Camera technicalities, light, camera handling skills, subject matter to name but a few.  To a large extent these can all be controlled by the photographer. Indeed this image speaks volumes of the photographers skill. But what makes this a winning image is totally out of the control of the photographer. The decisive moment when all elements fall together and one millisecond later or earlier would not have given the same result.  - Albie Venter


Zebra reflection - Braeme Holland


The second runner up is Braeme Holland!  The image above has won him a four-night all-inclusive guided photography safari for two at Indlovu River Lodge.

Judge's comment:  A few things are critical in making a striking image. Light, composition, subject matter, behavior - and not to mention a little bit of light.  I find this a very pleasing image with the soft light, and both the horizontal and vertical symmetry in the image.  Another aspect is the sense of place where the entire zebra herd is beautifully captured in one scene. The luck comes in with the zebra third from the right, lit up by a stray ray of sunlight which draws the viewer's  eye to it and makes it stand out slightly from the rest. - Albie Venter


Congratulations to these two exceptional photographers!

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