This gallery shows the best images from the AFRICAN CULTURE section of the Nature’s Best Photography Africa competition 2015.
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WINNER: The Karo by Marius Coetzee, South Africa Photograph taken: Omo Valley, Ethiopia “The Omo Valley is, without a doubt, one of my favourite places in Africa… This was my fourth visit to the Karo, an ethnic tribe living on the eastern bank of the Omo River… Unlike other tribes, they keep only a small number of cattle because of the prevalence of tsetse flies. On ceremonial occasions they paint their bodies and faces with white chalk, which is mixed with yellow rock, red iron ore and charcoal to achieve the requisite colour. I was determined to capture an image unlike any before, and after spending several hours with them, decided to use my fish-eye lens. Through an interpreter, I negotiated an agreement with the ladies, since photographers are required to pay per click in the Omo Valley. They found it amusing to see me lying on the ground to take the picture, but gathered around me. Lying on my back, I found myself looking up at a group of half-naked ladies. I chose an aperture that would give me an extended depth of field to do justice to my subjects and used a fill-in flash to light their faces. It was both an incredible and amusing experience.” Technical details: Canon EOS-1DX / 13mm / ISO 200 / f14 / 1/125s / E +0.7
FIRST RUNNER-UP: Heinrich van den Berg, South Africa “Following a visit to Kaokoland we overnighted in Sesfontein. I noticed that some of the houses of the Herero families had been decorated with discarded vehicle parts. But this house had an entire vehicle turned on its side as decoration for the front door. I asked if I could take photographs. It turned out to the chief of the area’s house and he gave me permission. I was photographing a group of women when this child came walking towards one of them. I was fortunate to capture the moment at an opportune time.” Technical info: Canon EOS 1DX / 24mm / ISO200 / f14 / 1/250s / E 0.0
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Andrew Morgan, Tanzania “This picture was taken on my first ever safari, to the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. As we passed villages we stopped to ask if we could have a closer look. It was a bit of a touristy affair to start with, but I detached myself from the group and went to where the herdsmen were tending their cattle and goats. One herdsman proudly picked up this kid and soon after thrust it in my girlfriend’s arms so she could admire it.” Technical info: Nikon D7000 / 27mm / ISO200 / f10 / 1/250s / E 0.0