The countryside through our readers’ eyes and lenses. Here are this month’s four winning entries in our photographic competition.
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This month’s Image Club judge
This month’s judge is Julia Lloyd, a freelance photojournalist for Country Life before she joined the magazine as sub-editor. 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.
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A R1 000 voucher from Burblepix, which can be spent on photobooks, canvases and journals.
Sunset over the waterhole at Okaukuejo Camp in Namibia’s Etosha National Park certainly brought Hilda a fine reward. She was all set up ready to capture the light of the dying sun when four impala came into the foreground of her viewfinder. Without them it would’ve been a beautifully lit image, with a mysterious impala reflected in the water on the far side, as the sole point of interest. These four make the picture great, particularly as we have three of the little silhouettes facing forward, while the dear creature at the back is casting a glance behind them. Just keeping a lookout.
Photographer Hilda le Roux
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 70-200mm lens at 100mm
Settings f6.3 at 1/320 sec, ISO400
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What a gorgeous portrait of a ballerina taking that final bow. I can hear the applause. Taken from a hide at Intaka Island in Milnerton, this image of a Great White Pelican preening is beautifully cropped, and Braeme certainly has done his best with the flat light of an overcast day. It’s a soft, gentle image with nothing in the background that interferes, thanks to Braeme’s use of a long lens.
Photographer Braeme Holland
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, 100-400mm lens at 340mm
Settings f5.6 at 1/1600 sec, ISO 640
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Such a dear little girl, eagerly making her way to a farm school outside Clarens in the Free State. I think she’s a little late (wonder how far she’s come, how far she has to go) as there’s something sweetly anxious about her frame and the way she’s holding her school bag. She doesn’t look anything as relaxed as her father. The image is excellently framed and has a wonderful story to it, but importantly it’s a lesson in how great light can raise a photograph from the ordinary to the beautiful. Look at this picture and imagine that there wasn’t any sun that morning, or that there was but there was plenty of it and it was directly overhead. Different result entirely.
Photographer Amanda van Blerk
Camera Nikon D7200, 18-250mm lens at 155mm
Settings f5.6 at 1/500 sec, ISO 800
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Any of you who think this is a photograph of a caterpillar frozen solid are wrong. Must say I thought so myself and was really taken aback when I first saw this. Why would such a creature out on the forage on a cold and icy night just lie about waiting to freeze to death? It was heartening to discover that Eddie had seen these ice crystals early one morning, and photographed them vertically, hanging as they were from this branch. Even more heartening was it to learn that they immediately reminded him of a caterpillar, particularly if he rotated the image to the horizontal. Clever shot. And great light, especially those icy-blue bits against the gold.
Photographer Eddie Reinecke
Camera Canon EOS 7D Mark II, 100mm macro lens
Settings f8 at 1/640 sec, ISO 400
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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.
Julia Lloyd was a freelance photojournalist for Country Life before she joined the magazine as sub-editor. 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.