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TOP OCTOBER PICKS: Sunday Times Lifestyle/Green Life Photographer of the Year
Times LIVE | 28 October, 2012 08:18
TOP SHOT: THE LOVELY BONES – The Green Life Photographer of the Month is Allen D Walker, who wins R5000 in cash from the Sunday Times for this surrealistic capture of a kudu skull in the Okavango Delta. Allen is now also in the running for the grand title — the Green Life Photographer of the Year, to be announced in December. Congratulations! Image by: Allen D Walker
HIGHLY COMMENDED: WELL-SPOTTED – “I arrived at a traffic jam in Kruger to be told I had just missed a leopard in a tree,” says Massimo Da Silva, the photographer. “I scanned the bush but left after ten minutes – only to look in the rearview mirror and see this beautiful creature. She had spotted me first.” Image by: Massimo Da Silva
HIGHLY COMMENDED: FEAST FIGHT – Spotted hyenas and vultures in Limpopo’s Thornybush Game Reserve battled for several days over the carcass of one hippo, killed by another. Image by: Tom Coetzee
HIGHLY COMMENDED: IN A FLAP – A lesser masked weaver in the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg. Image by: Ernest Porter.
READERS’ CHOICE: Here’s looking at you – An inquisitive grey crowned crane, Treehaven Waterfowl Trust, near Vereeniging. By Fiona Fourie. Vote for your favourite image by visiting www.facebook.com/stgreenlife and “liking” your top shots. The most popular images will be considered for the grand prizes at the end of the year. Image by: Fiona Fourie
HOGGING THE HOG – A warthog carries the load of her sleeping piglets near Ngala Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park.
Image by: Andrew Nicholson
GLITZY VISITOR – This African bush grasshopper landed in Gavin Fordham’s Empangeni garden and rewarded him with an opportunity to capture its dazzling beauty. Image by: Gavin Fordham
WOMEN ON THE RUN – “The sound of two rhino moving swiftly across the marsh is magnificent to hear,” says Laura Dyer, who took this photograph in Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. “These two white rhino females were being chased by a male rhino, so I used a slow shutter speed to give a sense of their movement.”
Image by: Laura Dyer
HOLD ON HONEY, WE’RE GOING DIVING – Barry Skinstad recalls how he took this shot off Southern Mozambique: “I was on my way to a dive site when we spotted a strange object in the water. Then we realised it was a pair of endangered loggerhead turtles mating. I quietly slipped off the boat and for about 20 seconds the turtles allowed me close enough to capture this image.” Image by: Barry Skinstad
FLAMBOYANT FLOCK – Flamingoes take off over the Kabeljous River, Jeffreys Bay. Image by: Jean Goldstone
KISS OF TRUTH – Photographer Kent Andreasen says a young female leopard near Singita Lebombo Lodge next to Kruger toyed with this impala fawn for an hour, before finally ending its life.
NEST CAFÉ – Week-old Cape robin chat chicks with a typically voracious appetite.
Image by: Peet J van Eeden, Welgemoed
FALLEN BEAUTY – A droplet-sprinkled orchid in the butterfly garden at Ludwig’s Rose Farm, Haakdoornlaagte, Pretoria. “This an excellent example that beauty never dies,” says the photographer, Reinhard Nell. Image by: Reinhard Nell.
TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC – “This shot was taken in the early morning. I was travelling in a traditional dhow boat,” says photographer Dale Morris. “Everything was still. I saw these crab plovers flying towards me. I grabbed my camera, and got lucky. The birds were flying near the Mozambique ocean in this wonderful lined formation.” Image by: Dale Morris
HELLO, HONEY – A citrus swallowtail near Brits Airfield, Image by: Willie Bodenstein
Only a few weeks to go before we announce the Sunday Times Lifestyle Magazine/Green Life Photographer of the Year – so make sure you send us your top environmental photographs and stand a chance of sharing R140 000 in cash plus cool photographic gear from the Sunday Times and Canon.