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February 2020 Image Club Winners

February 2020 Image Club Winners

The countryside through our readers’ eyes and lenses.

Here are this month’s four winning entries in our photographic competition.

Take a look at our January winners here.

This Month’s Image Club JudgeThis month's Image Club judge is Julia Lloyd

This month’s judge is freelance photojournalist Julia Lloyd. For Julia, photography is all about great light. Yes, sort out the composition, focus, emotion, action, you name it, but it’s superb light that will make an excellent photograph unforgettable. And if great light isn’t there for the taking (or making), then let’s have a picture that tells a story.

First Prize

A R1 000 cash prize

Rob Slotow came first in our February 2020 Image Club competition with this image of two elephants walking in the dust

How about borrowing the main cover line ‘Love in a Time of Drought’ for the title of this moving image in beautiful light of a mother elephant leading her youngster home, after quenching their thirst at the Olifantsrus waterhole in Etosha National Park? Ahead lies the long, dusty way home, back across the dry land. But what makes this photograph extra special is the little one lifting up his trunk to touch his mom, perhaps even to look for reassurance that more water will come.

Photographer Rob Slotow

Camera Nikon D3300, 70-300mm lens, at 300mm

Settings f/10 at 1/1000s, ISO 800

Second Prize

A R750 cash prize

Geo Jooste came second in our February 2020 Image Club competition with this image wildebeest walking through the dust

What a dramatic photograph. If there’s any animal that can portray the exhaustion of a long, hot day and a long, hot path to a waterhole it is surely the wildebeest. This small herd were following the Nossob riverbed in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park at sunset, their ungainly bodies perfectly set off against the backlight. And the one at the rear, so perfectly silhouetted, sums up what they all must be feeling after their baking journey to water. The light is so spectacular I suspect the brilliant English artist William Turner, a master of painting light, would’ve rushed back to camp to paint this scene while it was in his mind’s eye, had he been privileged to be there.

Photographer Geo Jooste

Camera Canon 7DMKII, 100-400mm lens at 135mm

Settings f/5.6 at 1/1600s, ISO 250

Third Prize

A R500 cash prize

Japie Bornman came third in our February 2020 Image Club competition with this sunset image of the bush

A stunning image of a herd of elephants arriving at the river at Shingwedzi Rest Camp in Kruger National Park at sunset. It’s one that could become iconic of the scarcity (and value) of water as our country’s drought tightens its grip. Look at the stark contrasts, the bleak earth, the dust highlighting the elephants as they approach the water, a brilliant ‘pot of gold’. It’s an excellent crop, and the elephants and the water’s edge create lovely lines that reflect each other.

Photographer Japie Bornman

Camera Canon 7DMKII, 100-400mm lens at 200mm

Settings f/11 at 1/180s, ISO 800

Fourth Prize

A R250 cash prize

Willem Kruger came fourth in our February 2020 Image Club competition with this image of mongooses drinking together

Now here’s a bucket-load of the cute factor, ready to win over our hearts, but it’s not just the ‘Aaaw’ reaction that gets a prize for this image, taken in Karongwe Game Reserve, Limpopo. It’s a great crop, and a good, low angle (might have been even better if Willem had got down even lower), and a good decision to use fill-in flash to show those adorable banded mongoose faces in the diminishing light of sundown. Apparently mongooses will pack together like this for security. Lucky creatures to find all this water.

Photographer Willem Kruger

Camera Nikon D5, 600mm lens

Settings f/8 at 1/60s, ISO 2000

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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