Giving Wildlife Photography a Go in South Africa: My Favourite Images from the Assignment
In September I went to South Africa as part of my Guardian ‘Been There’ prize (see this previous post to look at the journey I took to get there). I am not a wildlife photographer so being there on assignment was a steep learning curve. The Guardian chose their favourite images; the following ten photographs are the ones I would choose:
1) My first photo choice is this one of a leopard chilling out in a tree. Her male cub was in another tree further away but Ngala staff are hot on protecting animals and making sure they are not put under stress.
2 and 3) I really loved the variety of wildlife and the chance to see the incredibly rare African Wild Dog is a memory I will always treasure. The next two photos show off this little seen animal:
4) The next image is not perfect. I would never send this to a publication as the cheetah is facing the wrong way! I still love this photo though as it shows of the amazing South African morning light and I like the way the light creates a glow around the cheetah’s ears.
5) Elephants have the most amazing skin. It really tells a story. My normal work as a photograph involves a lot of human portraiture but I loved this opportunity to create an animal portrait using a lot of the same techniques.
6) and 7) I see myself as a visual storyteller and I generally like to challenge stereotypes. One animal with a bad rep is the hyena so I enjoyed taking photos of some young and playful hyenas to show their beautiful side.
8 and 9) You cannot go to Kruger without taking photographs of lions and we were fortunate enough to get close to a few of the ‘kings of the plains’:
10) My favourite image from our time in South Africa simply because it sums up Ngala well…. one minute you are looking at some trees and the next you realise you are staring straight at a beautiful cheetah.