DSLR Training - Competition Entries


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April 2012 winner

Giant Kingfisher Rise

Giant Kingfisher rise from the water. I photographed the nesting habits and secrets of a Giant Kingfisher pair for 270 hours over a period of 51 days. I worked from a homemade hide to record their story.

  • Camera: Canon 1D Mk III
  • Lens: EF300mm f2.8 IS USM + 2.0x TC
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000
  • Apeture: f5.6
  • ISO: 1600

May 2012 winner

From Heaven

After many tries and failing to get a dive shot I said a little prayer and asked for some help from above. This was the very next shot I got and hence the title "FROM HEAVEN"

  • Camera: Canon 1D MKiii
  • Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM+ 1.4 conv.
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200 sec
  • Apeture: 8.0
  • ISO: 1600

June 2012 winner


I tried so many times to capture an elusive bushbaby at night in the Sabi-Sands. They are so shy and move so quickly! Persistence paid and I captured this one.

  • Camera: 20D
  • Lens: EF 100-400
  • Shutter speed: 1/200
  • Apeture: f5.6
  • ISO: 1600

July 2012 winner

Bee 1 Eater 0

Feeding on bees require fast hunting & catching techniques by the Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters. Action often to fast for the eye to see.This bee-eater returned to his perch after successfully catching a bee but then lost the bee in shock when it escaped

  • Camera: Canon 1D Mk III
  • Lens: EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM + 1.4x TC
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200
  • Apeture: f4.0
  • ISO: 1000

August 2012 winner

Quiver Trees by Night 2

This is a 230 degree view of the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop, Namibia. The warm glow of light pollution contrasts with the cool light of the Milky Way.

  • Camera: Canon 40D
  • Lens: Tokina 11-16
  • Shutter speed: 12x 30sec
  • Apeture: f/2.8
  • ISO: 3200

September 2012 winner

Leopard and Butterflies

We had watched this young leopard at a distance for about half an hour, when she suddenly decided to walk directly towards us, disturbing lots of African Monarch butterflies as she did (or at least I think that is what they are).

  • Camera: Eos 1D mk4
  • Lens: 500 f1.4
  • Shutter speed: 1/640
  • Apeture: f 4.0
  • ISO: 800

October 2012 winner

Coming Home - Cape Gannet

The Cape Gannets are great fisherman but landing between other Gannets in the colony is not their strong point.

  • Camera: 1D Mk III
  • Lens: EF300mm f2.8 IS USM + 1.4TC
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000
  • Apeture: f6.3
  • ISO: 200

November 2012 winner

Hunting Malachite Kingfisher

A super fast, secretive and very unpredictable colourful Kingfisher with an emperor dragonfly larvae.

  • Camera: Canon 1D MkIII
  • Lens: EF300mm f2.8L IS USM + 1.4xTC
  • Shutter speed: 1/8000
  • Apeture: f7.1
  • ISO: 1600

Dec 2012 winner

Fruit Splash

Canon 580 flash was set on 1/16 to freeze the action. It was a lot of fun letting the fruit fall into the water and to get the timing right!!

  • Camera: Canon 7D
  • Lens: Canon 24-105mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/250
  • Apeture: F8
  • ISO: 100

Wildcard Entry 1

Valley of the Vines

Autumn in the Hex-river Valley where soil and vine meets.The landscape display the rich colours and patterns in the rays of the sun with the promise of next year's grapes and wine in the air.

  • Camera: Canon 1D Mk III
  • Lens: EF16-35mm f2.8L IS USM
  • Shutter speed: 1/500
  • Apeture: f11.0
  • ISO: 800

Wildcard Entry 2

Royal Flush

I always dreamed of capturing a Malachite Kingfisher in flight, or flying with a fish or even the ultimate feeding session but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine an image with all those dreams in one. Truly my Royal Flush.

  • Camera: Canon 1D Mk III
  • Lens: EF300mm f2.8L IS USM +1.4 x TC
  • Shutter speed: 1/6400
  • Apeture: f8.0
  • ISO: 1250

Wildcard Entry 3


Vroeg oggend Roodeplaatdam

  • Camera: Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 400mm F2.8
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000
  • Apeture: f6.3
  • ISO: 1600