A R1 000 cash prize
What a wonderfully colourful photograph this is, taken in a garden in Rawsonville, Western Cape. The kaleidoscope of garish hues combined with a good off-centre composition and an excellent use of depth of field (which isn’t easy to achieve on a macro photo) make this picture an out and out winner. It’s cheerful and sweet. We all love ladybirds, we all love flowers. And here, Amos has captured the most eye-catching and appealing aspects of both. Well done. This photo made me smile.
A R750 cash prize
It’s a cropped-down photo of a leopard in a tree. We have seen this a thousand times, but what makes this one particularly appealing is the subdued light with no harsh contrasts. This photo was taken in Kruger on an overcast day, or just after the sun had gone down. It’s the sort of light that makes a leopard glow. And this leopard is indeed glowing. The cropped composition is great (off-centre subject) and the somewhat alert and alarmed look in this young animal’s eyes gives the photo a little extra engagement.
A R500 cash prize
A flamingo at a bird park in Rembrandt lighting. I like the way the photographer has exposed for the flamingo and allowed the rest of the surrounding detail to fall away into darkness so that the eye stays firmly on the subject. Whether this was done in camera, or darkened later with software, is neither here nor there. It’s an arresting image and worthy of recognition.
A R250 cash prize
This is an amazing scene in Paternoster. The concept is great
a flying gannet that is supposed to stand out from the crowd behind. Unfortunately, the execution isn’t 100 per cent as the focal animal is not as sharp as it could be, and the use of a largish depth of field means that it gets lost somewhat in the crowd. A higher shutter speed would have helped freeze the action a little better, and a shallower depth of field (or accurate focusing) would have made the bird in flight stand out even more. However, it’s a very tricky shot, and points are awarded for good effort.
PHOTOGRAPHER Amos LambrechtsCAMERA Canon 1Dx, 100mm Canon macro lens SETTINGS f13 at 1/1000 sec, ISO 6400
PHOTOGRAPHER Brett StanleyCAMERA Nikon D500, 200-500mm lens at 480mm SETTINGS f6.3 at 1/10 sec, ISO 5000
PHOTOGRAPHER Alta PretoriusCAMERA Nikon D5300, 70-300mm SETTINGS f6.3 at 1/400 sec, ISO 400
PHOTOGRAPHER David ThomasCAMERA Nikon D70, 70-200mm lens at 125mm SETTINGS f7.1 at 1/800 sec, ISO 200