We had been observing the tension between two rival Waterbuck bulls for a few days when one day a chase happened right in front of us. The images tell the tale…
The one that got his ass butted fled into the dangerous crocodile infested river.
What these images do not tell is how the story really ended. A few weeks later the dominant bull was drinking from the river when a crocodile caught him and took his lower jaw off. The rival bull seized the opportunity and pushed the seriously wounded bull back into the river; the crocs had a feast! This I heard from my regular boat driver who is on the river every day…
Many Honorable Mentions again in this year’s IPA Photo Awards!
No win however this time, but no less then 12 honorable mentions in 5 different categories is certainly something! Below are the links to all honored images as well as a small selection.
Baines’ Baobabs’ (Categories: Landscapes & Trees)
Baines' Baobabs in the wet season
Tree on a rock (Trees)
Rhodes' under the stars
Kalahari Light Shows (Landscapes)
Kalahari Light Show (Night Photography)
African Wildlife in Silhouette (Categories: Wildlife & Sunset)
Sense of scale
Elephant Twist (Wildlife)
The Giants of Chobe (Wildlife)
Watercolour painting (Wildlife)
White Elephants (Wildlife)
Elephants of the Chobe River (Wildlife)
Elephants drinking from the Chobe river
In Botswana’s unfenced national park campsites it is not uncommon to have unannounced wild visitors. This can be fun, exciting and even annoying. Over the years I have had many lions visiting, mostly in the evening or at night. On my last visit to the Mabuasehube Game Reserve however, it was more than just a visit; it was a down-right occupation!
As we left the camp in the dark for an early morning game drive we met two lions on the road coming our way only 50 meters from the camp. They were subadults, one male and one female and were heading straight for our camp. We had one of the few sites with running water and the lions most likely knew the shower was leaking and came for a drink. After a long drink they didn’t move but simply lay down. A passing brown hyena caused some excitement when the lioness got into attack mode ready to charge, but she didn’t.
The best photo opportunity presented itself when the sun was rising through the bush in the far background, creating a nice rim-lighting effect on the young male. I tried an artistic ‘pin-hole camera’ Black & White conversion on this and was quite charmed by the result. See both the colour and B&W version of this image below.
As the sun climbed higher, the lions, predictable as they are, looked for shade and we decided to continue our game drive. Hours later when we arrived back in camp brother and sister were still there lying underneath the A-frame in the perfect shade; simply marvellous, so now what? We tried to chase them off, but to no avail, the occupiers were the winners and we fled to the next campsite spending the rest of the day trying to shelter from the 42 degree Celcius heat under the A-frame, just like the lions.
Spot the lioness…
I have been submitting images to the renowned IPA – International Photography Awards – Photo Competition for several years now and managed to get honorable mentions each year and even a third place win in the Landscape Category in last year’s competition. Hence my hopes were high again for this year’s outcome. No win however this time, but no less then six honorable mentions in four different categories is certainly something! Below are the honored images.
Series ‘The Endless Desert’
Series ‘ Spirits of the Makgadikgadi ‘
Series ‘Baobab Characters’
Series ‘Wild & Free’
Series’ The Circle of Life of a Kalahari Lion’
Night Photography Category
Winning images in the Botswana Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 Competition -
Cameras for Conservation is a new initiative in the country of Botswana by Steven Stockhall and Guy Symons and hosts the Botswana’s Wildlife Photographer of the year competition annually to promote conservation through photography and to showcase the work of the talented people in the country. They further aim to use the imagery to conduct talks in schools and to take students into the country’s National Parks and Game Reserves to teach people the value of bio-diversity.
I was proud to hear that four of my submitted images were successful in this new competition.
‘Fresh!’-Winner in the Animal Behaviour Category.
‘The Beast of Beasts’ – Winner in the Animal Portraits Category
‘Proud African’ – Second Place in the Landscape Category
‘The Ancient Baobab’ -Highly Commended in the Landscape Category.
To see all winning images in this competition visit the cameras for conservation facebook page or check the cameras for conservation website.