TOP NOVEMBER PICKS: Sunday Times Lifestyle/Green Life Photographer of the Year

25 November 2012 - 11:24 By Sunday Times
TOP IMAGE: MY, WHAT BIG EARS YOU HAVE – Black-backed jackals are well adapted to living in the Kalahari, where the environment can be harsh. “These two were extremely curious about what I was doing with my big lens,” says the November Green Life Photographer of the Month, Dale Morris. Congratulations! (Photo by: Dale Morris) ">
COMMENDED: FIGHT CLUB – White-throated swallows, Woodhill Golf Course, Pretoria. (Photo by: Steve Macomber) ">
COMMENDED: NOT TODAY, JOSEPHINE – If hippos yawn in a display of threat, we’re guessing this animal was in a particularly argumentative mood. Chobe National Park, Botswana. (Photo by: Brendan Bromfield) ">
READERS’ CHOICE: WELL SPOTTED – A beautiful shot by Massimo Da Silva of a leopard in the Kruger Park. Vote for your favourite pics by viewing November’s top photos on www. facebook.com/stgreenlife. Your favourite images will be considered for the grand Canon prizes at the end of the year. (Photo by: Massimo Da Silva) ">
ONE BREATH – The setting ... deep off Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique, in 100m of water. The photographer, Barry Skinstad, dragged a full camera rig down to 20m and waited for this silvertip shark to swim overhead. This shot, he says, was taken on one breath. (Photo by: Barry Skinstad) ">
WHOOSH – Cubs playing, Phinda Private Game Reserve. Photographer Gavin Lautenbach says this was his first attempt at the panning technique. (Photo by: Gavin Lautenbach) ">
SNUG AS A BUG – Grasshopper, Parkwood, Joburg. (Photo by: Antony Soicher) ">
FIELDS OF GOLD – Elephants in Damaraland, Namibia. (Photo by: Rory Johnstone) ">
SUNSET SPORTS – Two young elephants playing in the Chobe River during sunset while crossing to the opposite bank. (Photo by: Brendan Bromfield) ">
SWEET DEAL – Photographer Shaun Graham photographed this honeybee at his home in Mpumalanga, Secunda. (Photo by: Shaun Graham) "> STRANGE PERSPECTIVES – Two strikingly framed giraffes, by photographer Sonia Merolla. “The long, sleek neck and muscled chest shows that behind a giraffe’s grace there is a powerful muscular system,” she says. (Photo by: Sonia Merolla) "> THERE GOES BREAKFAST – A secretarybird searches the short grasslands of the Hluhluwe River floodplain in KwaZulu-Natal for a late-morning snack. This locust got away, and all the bird could do was watch its breakfast fly off. (Photo by: Julian Parsons) "> LEAF ME ALONE – A flapnecked chameleon, a common summer sight in the Kruger National Park. “I lay down on the ground to get a good angle, and fired while this chameleon was swaying back and forth on two feet,” says photographer Laura Dyer, “a defence mechanism to make it look like a leaf.” (Photo by: Laura Dyer) "> Close-up view of a starfish in the Pomene estuary, Mozambique, demonstrating the symmetrical beauty of their spines. (Photo by: Peet J van Eeden) "> FRENCH CUISINE – A ground hornbill strides with its catch. (Photo by: Natalie Estment) "> FENCE SITTER – We are including two flapnecked chameleons in this month’s gallery of top images as both are excellent. This one was photographed by Torin Garrick Wolff at his home in Stanford College, Limpopo. (Photo by: Torin Garrick Wolff) "> ALOE THERE – The iconic quivertree, a member of the aloe family, snapped by Upington local Elizma Fourie on a dirt road next to the Orange River halfway between Keimoes and Kakamas, Northern Cape. (Photo by: Elizma Fourie) "> MILK MOBILE – A suckling zebra foal in Timbavati Game Reserve, next to the Kruger National Park. (Photo by: Nicholas Wittenberg) "> DUST-UP – Another great image from Timbavati next to Kruger National Park. An elephant causes a miniature dirt storm by shaking mud and dust off its enormous head. (Photo by: Franz Rabe) "> JAUNTY ANGLE – Marcel Duvenage spent 45 minutes crawling over stepping stones at Makaranga Garden Lodge in greater Durban to capture this magical moment of a jaunty dropwing. (Photo by: Marcel Duvenage) ">

BLACK-backed jackals are not always appreciated in southern Africa. Many farmers view the animal as livestock-predating vermin, and sport hunters will often shoot them on sight.

Several hunting websites point out that the jackal is “probably the most detested predator of all because of its killing lust”. But you might also argue that these animals are legitimate scavengers that provide vital bush services by clearing the veld of rotting meat. Nights in the African wild would certainly be empty without their evocative cry. Dale Morris’s portrait of two black-backed jackals portrays how striking these animals can be and takes November’s top honours. The image also bags Morris a cool R5 000 in cash from the Sunday Times. Morris is our final monthly winner in the 2012 Sunday Times Lifestyle/Green Life Photographer of the Year Awards — but that’s not to say the competition is now closed. You have until DECEMBER 10 to enter your best environmental shots and stand a chance of being named the year’s overall winner, or one of two runners-up. After all, R140 000 in photographic gear from Canon could be yours. Visit www.facebook.com/stgreenlife, and click the “like ” button at the top of the page. Good luck!

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