This gallery showcases the best images from the LANDSCAPES OF AFRICA category in the Nature’s Best Photography Africa competition 2015.
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WINNER: Canyon Aloes, by Mark Dumbleton, South Africa Photograph taken: Blyde River Canyon, Mpumulanga, South Africa “The Blyde River Canyon is the world’s largest ‘green’ canyon, meaning it’s the biggest one with flora growing inside. It hosts many amazing species such as aloes, which grow on the cliff edges, seen here on a midsummer evening. This canyon is one of my favourite destinations. Its grandeur and beauty is immense. I had found these aloes earlier that day and earmarked their location for my sunset shoot… I used them as a foreground anchor, giving depth to the image – first drawing the viewers’ attention to the foreground before allowing the eye to move to the landscape and dam below, then to the mountains and onwards from there. The last rays of sunlight tinged the landscape and clouds above at the precise moment that I captured the image, which I did with a single exposure, using a graduated filter to hold back the exposure on the sky. The aperture was f/16 to ensure sharp detail from the foreground to the horizon.” Technical details: Nikon D3S / 16mm / ISO 100 / f16 / 1/1.7s / E -0.3
FIRST RUNNER-UP: Baobab trees, Kubu Island, by Johan Beyers “Kubu Island is a rocky outcrop between two vast, dried out, clay pans in Botswana. It is studded with ancient baobab trees. I chose a low angle to emphasise the harshness and stark beauty of the trees against the dramatic sky.” Technical info: Canon EOS 1DS / 17mm / ISO 200 / f16 / 1/1.4s / E 0.0
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Over the Namib, by Chris Schmid “When I booked a flight up the 2000km-long Namib coast, I asked the pilot to take off the passenger-side door so my camera would not be restricted by the window. The weather was fairly overcast but that turned to our advantage because the shadows were virtually eliminated. This image reveals the point of separation between the rock canyon and the start of the Namib desert. Aerial images offer photographers opportunities to be creative because one can explore unique and abstract expressions of photographic art.” Technical info: Nikon D4 / 24mm / ISO 640 / f4 / 1/800s / E 0.0
HIGHLY HONOURED: Flamingo egg, Madkadikgadi Pans, Botswana, by Mark Dumbleton Technical info: Nikon D800 / 26m / ISO 100 / f11 / 1/6s / E 0.0
HIGHLY HONOURED: Flaming rainfall, Namib Rand, Namibia, by Mark Dumbleton Technical info: Nikon D700 / 16mm / ISO 200 / f11 / 1/5s / E +1.0
HONOURED: Approaching storm, Cape Town, by Lee Slabber Technical info: Canon EOS 1DX / 19mm / ISO 250 / f14 / 3s / E 0.0
HONOURED: Namib sunrise, by Mark Dumbleton Technical info: Nikon D700 / 16mm / ISO 200 / f11 / 1/40s / E -0.3
HONOURED: Milky Way over Kokerboomkloof, by Mark Dumbleton Technical info: Nikon D3 / 14mm / ISO2500 / f2.8 / 30s / E 0.0