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Image Club Winners for February 2019

Image Club Winners for February 2019

The countryside through our readers’ eyes and lenses. Here are this month’s four winning entries in our photographic competition.

If you missed our January winners, you can find them here.Image Club Judge Dale Morris

This Month’s Image Club Judge

Our judge this month is Dale Morris, a regular contributor to Country Life. Born in the United Kingdom, Dale purchased a one-way ticket out, at the age of 18, and thus became an exceptionally well-travelled refugee. He finally put down roots but that hasn’t ended his regular photographic adventures into Southern Africa and beyond. Dale’s award-winning writing, and wildlife and travel photography have been published worldwide. See his images on dalermorris.com

First Prize

A R1 000 cash prize

Amos Lambrechts came first in our Febraury 2019 Image Club competition

What a wonderfully colourful photograph this is, taken in a garden in Rawsonville, Western Cape. The kaleidoscope of garish hues combined with a good off-centre composition and an excellent use of depth of field (which isn’t easy to achieve on a macro photo) make this picture an out and out winner. It’s cheerful and sweet. We all love ladybirds, we all love flowers. And here, Amos has
captured the most eye-catching and appealing aspects of both. Well done. This photo made me smile.

Photographer Amos Lambrechts

Camera Canon 1Dx, 100mm Canon macro lens

Settings f13 at 1/1000 sec, ISO 6400

Second prize

A R750 cash prize

Brett Stanley came second in our Febraury 2019 Image Club competition

It’s a cropped-down photo of a leopard in a tree. We have seen this a thousand times, but what makes this one particularly appealing is the subdued light with no harsh contrasts. This photo was taken in Kruger on an overcast day, or just after the sun had gone down. It’s the sort of light that makes a leopard glow. And this leopard is indeed glowing. The cropped composition is great (off-centre subject) and the somewhat alert and alarmed look in this young animal’s eyes gives the photo a little extra engagement.

Photographer Brett Stanley

Camera Nikon D500, 200-500mm lens at 480mm

Settings f6.3 at 1/10 sec, ISO 5000

Third prize

A R500 cash prize

Alta Pretorius came first in our Febraury 2019 Image Club competition

A flamingo at a bird park in Rembrandt lighting. I like the way the photographer has exposed for the flamingo and allowed the rest of the surrounding detail to fall away into darkness so that the eye stays firmly on the subject. Whether this was done in camera, or darkened later with software, is neither here nor there. It’s an arresting image and worthy of recognition.

Photographer Alta Pretorius

Camera Nikon D5300, 70-300mm

Settings f6.3 at 1/400 sec, ISO 400

Fourth prize

A R250 cash prize

David Thomas came fourth in our Febraury 2019 Image Club competition

This is an amazing scene in Paternoster. The concept is great – a flying gannet that is supposed to stand out from the crowd behind. Unfortunately, the execution isn’t 100 per cent as the focal
animal is not as sharp as it could be, and the use of a largish depth of field means that it gets lost somewhat in the crowd. A higher shutter speed would have helped freeze the action a little better,
and a shallower depth of field (or accurate focusing) would have made the bird in flight stand out even more. However, it’s a very tricky shot, and points are awarded for good effort.

Photographer David Thomas

Camera Nikon D70, 70-200mm lens at

Settings f7.1 at 1/800 sec, ISO 200

How to enter

Think you can do better? Have you got a couple travel pics of the countryside that you’d like to share with us? Then head over to our Image Club entry form and throw your hat in the ring. Who knows? You might just be our next winner.

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