[contextly_auto_sidebar] The countryside through our readers’ eyes and lenses. Here are this month’s four winning entries in our Image Club photographic competition for August 2018.
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 www.geckoeye.com.
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A R1 000 voucher from Burblepix, which can be spent on photobooks, canvases and journals.
This great image taken in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, is as much art as it is photography. Everything about it cries out to be printed and hung on the wall as a large canvas. I love the clean, white background, the heavy contrasts, the choice of black and white, and the simplicity of the actual subject matter. The off-centre composition works perfectly, as does the somewhat mirrored image of the elephants themselves. The overexposed, diffused grasses in the foreground give context to the image. A very good photograph, and a wonderful post-shoot edit. Well done.
Photographer Eleanor Hattingh
Camera Nikon D7100, 150-500mm lens at 500mm
Settings f/9 at 1/400 sec, ISO 640
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A R750 voucher from Burblepix, which can be spent on photobooks, canvases and journals.
The composition lines of this Ibis in flight are both simple and complex at the same time. I like the way the bird and its nesting material form a sort of sensual ‘S’ in the sky. The subject matter is almost comical can this bird see where it’s going? The capture is sharp, not always easy to achieve with a bird in flight, even a big and relatively slow one like this. Within the clean context of a light-blue sky, it’s a modest yet eye-catching image.
Photographer Stu Bowie
Camera Canon 1D Mark IV, 300mm lens x2 at 600mm
Settings f/7.1 at 1/3200, ISO 640
A R500 voucher from Burblepix, which can be spent on photobooks, canvases and journals.
This photo is both a landscape and a portrait, and sums up the business of an African waterhole quite well. The elephant, photographed in Camp Elephant, at Erindi in Namibia, is an impressive animal, and his piercing eye contact with the photographer is charming, yet a little ominous. The varied soft-focus wildlife in the background enhances, rather than clutters, the image. If I had one reservation, it would be that thecomposition is somewhat spoiled by the close crop of the mountain. A little extra space above the crest of the hill would have balanced this image well.
Photographer Craig Gissing
Camera Nikon D810, 70-200mm lens at 200mm
Settings f/2.8 at 1/320 sec, ISO 400
A R250 voucher from Burblepix, which can be spent on photobooks, canvases and journals.
Feels like summer. It’s tricky to get good depth of field and overall subject sharpness with a macro shot, but Cal has done a good job. The clean, uncluttered and cheerfully coloured background of this image lets the subject pop out of the frame, and the off-centre composition further enhances the image. It’s also topical. Many bees are heading for extinction because of the use of pesticides. And here is a bee performing an essential service by pollinating plants, and showing us how, without bees, most of our crops will fail.
Photographer Cal Butler
Camera Canon EOS 7D Mark II, 180mm lens
Settings f6.3 at 1/800 sec, ISO 2500
How to enter
Do you fancy yourself a photographer? Have you got a couple travel pics of the country side 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.
Thank you to Burblepix for supplying us with prizes for our winners.
A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.