A R500 cash prize
They say three is the magic number and, in photography, it most certainly is. This is an example of a photographer getting his ducks in a row. Although the image – taken from the Maloutswa Pan hide in Mapungubwe National Park, Limpopo – is quite cluttered, the vibrant colours, the off-centre composition and the the use of a shallow depth of field (hence the blurred background) make this a rather pleasing shot. It would have been even better if the ducks were not overlapping the flowers behind them (a few steps or paddle strokes to their left), and I might have gone so far as to crop out that bit of distracting log at the bottom of the frame. But it’s still a lovely shot.
Barry du Plessis
Canon EOS 7D, 300mm EF lens with 2x converter at 600mm
f/13 at 1/640 sec, ISO 400