This gallery shows the best from the AFRICA UP CLOSE category from the Nature’s Best Photography Africa competition 2015.
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WINNER: Mating Spiders by Peter Scheufler, Germany Photograph taken: Ingwelala, South Africa “I was on a game drive when we came to a spot with several webs built by golden orb spiders. Since a macro shot would have resulted in the destruction of parts of the webs, I decided to use a long lens. I discovered a small male approaching a female with the clear intention of mating with her. In order to avoid being eaten after the ritual, the male approached the female from the opposite side of the web, careful to keep its strands between them. As the male entered the focal plane, I selected aperture f/18 and took a couple of shots of both of them.” Technical information: Canon EOS-1DX / 560mm / ISO 640 / f18 / 1/800s / E -0.7
FIRST RUNNER-UP: Hannes Lochner, South Africa “In the Kalahari desert rainstorms can cause many drownings among little invertebrates and subterranean reptiles. After one of these downpours I found a grasshopper outside my tent, desperately seeking shelter from the water that dripped off an adjacent acacia tree. With my camera in one hand and an umbrella in the other, I took this photo.” Technical info: Nikon D700 / 105mm / ISO 200 / f25 / 1/320s / E -0.3
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Marc de Chalain, South Africa “I was photographing damselflies and dragonflies in a quiet reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. It was frustrating as I couldn’t find the right angle or they moved away. I noticed the only orange dragonfly I have ever seen land on a stem nearby, perfectly positioned for this otherworldly look. I hastily rechecked my spot metering to get a neutral background and moved slowly towards the subject. Thankfully it stayed quite still, looking at me.” Technical info: Nikon D800 / 105mm with 20mm extension tube and macro ring flash / f2.8.
HONOURED: Erik Svensson, Sweden Painted reed frog, Western Cape, South Africa
HONOURED: Trix Jonker, Bloemfontein Dragonflies, Bloemfontein Botanical Gardens
HONOURED: Lee Slabber, Cape Town Arum lily frog, Noordhoek Wetlands, near Cape Town