This gallery showcases the best images from the MAMMALS OF AFRICA category in the Nature’s Best Photography Africa competition 2015.
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WINNER: The Great Escape, by Hannes Lochner, South Africa Photograph taken: Khwai River, Botswana “When a pack of African wild dogs tried to corner an impala against a river filled with crocodiles and hippos, it decided to take a leap of faith. Casting caution to the winds, the impala jumped into a pod of hippos and tempted fate by trying to swim across the river. Two hippos immediately swam towards it, flinging it into the air before repeatedly bouncing on top of it in an attempt to drown it. An hour earlier, a similar scene had played itself out and, on that occasion, the hippos immediately killed the buck. This impala was luckier, though, and it kept swimming and reached the other side of the river. Shocked, and with only a small cut on a hind leg, the impala emerged from the water and looked back at the hippos, where one was still tossing the carcass of the other less fortunate beast into the air.” Technical details: Nikon D3S / 600mm / ISO 320 / f4 / 1/3200s / E -0.7
FIRST RUNNER-UP: Almost, by Willem Kruger “Two black-backed jackals were hunting around a waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. During the dry season large numbers of doves and sandgrouse come to drink water in the early mornings, and these two jackals lay in wait 30 metres away. They are not interested in single birds coming to drink rather waiting for a large flock to land before making their move. Utilising the chaos the jackals will jump onto the edge of the waterhole to try and catch a fleeing bird. As evidenced by this picture, their strike rate is not good, catching about two or three birds in a morning.” Technical info: Nikon D3S / 600mm / ISO 1250 / f8 / 1/5000s / E -0.7
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Elephants from the air, by Patrick Bentley “I took this from a microlight, flying over the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. This image, where the viewer’s eye is drawn to their shadows being thrown onto the sand rather than on to the elephants themselves, is for me somehow resonant with the plight of the majestic animals. They are disappearing before our eyes and soon all that will be left are tracks in the sand and shadows in our minds.” Technical info: Nikon D800 / 70mm / ISO 800 / f5.6 / 1/2500s / E -0.3
HIGHLY HONOURED: Lone gemsbok, by Ken Dyball Taken: Namib Desert, Namibia Technical info: Nikon D700 / 300mm / ISO 400 / f10 / 1/1000s / E -1.0
HIGHLY HONOURED: Giraffe crossing, by Robert Ross Taken: Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania Technical info: Nikon D300S / 190mm / ISO 600 / f4.5 / 1/640s / E 0.0
HIGHLY HONOURED: Elephant in mist, by Stuart Porter Taken: Amboseli National Park, Kenya Technical info: 400mm / ISO 100 / f8 / 1/1600s
HIGHLY HONOURED: Aardvark dance, by Will Burrard-Lucas Taken: Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana Technical info: Canon EOS 1DX / 400mm / ISO 8000 / f2.8 / 1/250s
HIGHLY HONOURED: Playtime, by Carole Deschuymere Taken: Mana Pools, Zimbabwe Technical info: Canon EOS 5D / 400mm / ISO 100 / f8 / 1/1600s / E 0.0
HIGHLY HONOURED: Scaly treat, by Wim Vorster Taken: Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa Technical info: Nikon D700 / 200mm / ISO 400 / f5.6 / 1/1250s
HONOURED: Nature’s abundance, by Elana Erasmus Taken: Etosha National Park, Namibia Technical info: Nikon D700 / 230mm / ISO 800 / f22 / 1/320s / E -1.3
HONOURED: Cape fox greeting, by Johan Botha Taken: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa Technical info: Nikon D4S / 600mm / ISO 2000 / f4 / 1/3200 / E 0.0
HONOURED: Water fight, by Rachel Hollander Taken: Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa Technical info: Canon EOS 7D / 300mm / ISO 800 / f7.1 / 1/600s / E 0.0
HONOURED: Hippo aggression, by Willem Kruger Taken: Chobe River, Botswana Technical info: Nikon D3S / 850mm / ISO 500 / f8 / 1/2500s / E -1.3
HONOURED: Close encounter with an aye-aye, by Nicoletta Muscas Taken: Pangalanes Canal, Madagascar Technical info: Nikon D600 / 32mm / ISO 200 / f5.6 / 1/160s / E 0.0