This gallery showcases the best images from the REPTILES OF AFRICA category in the Nature’s Best Photography Africa competition 2015.
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WINNER: Crocodile and impalas by Peter Farmer, United Kingdom Photograph taken: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia “South Luangwa is a wonderful wildlife haven with exceptional animal activity centred on the river, which supports huge numbers of hippos and crocodiles. This photograph was taken from a hide right on the banks, in October, towards the end of the dry season. The spot was designed to provide an eye-level view of hippo interactions, which were particularly animated that afternoon. The pods were arguing about space in the rapidly lowering water levels. To the left of the hide was a track, down which various groups were coming to drink… I noted that a crocodile was lurking just below the surface near the bank, waiting for suitable prey to approach the water. When a group of five impala approached, they appeared very nervous and one looked cautiously into the water. Quick as a flash, the croc leapt towards the impala, which only narrowly escaped its jaws before running away at very high speed. The action was over within a few seconds and the crocodile (which I understand had a reputation for such failed attempts) returned to the water to await another opportunity.” Technical details: Nikon D4 / 185mm / ISO 640 / f5.6 / 1/5000s / E -0.3
FIRST RUNNER-UP: Slender mongoose and boomslang, by Elana Erasmus “On a trip to Etosha National Park, Namibia, we came across a slender mongoose attacking a boomslang in a tree. The mongoose pursued the snake, continually biting at its head while the boomslang tried to get away. At times it would curl itself around the mongoose or kill it with a bite, but it was clear the mongoose was the predator and the snake the prey. At times the mongoose would fall out of the tree but would immediately clamber back to continue its relentless attack. After a while the boomslang began to tire, but the mongoose finally abandoned its attack after falling from the tree for the umpteenth time.” Technical info: Nikon D3S / 460mm / ISO 800 / f9 / 1/2500s / E 1.3
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Basking among the blooms, by Sarah Bornbush “While working in the remote Kalahari as a volunteer I used my free time to photograph the flora and fauna. It had been a chilly night and I went out early to see if I could catch any animals enjoying the morning sun. I found this beautiful house snake basking among the devil’s thorn flowers. The contrasting colours made this photo incredibly beautiful for me.” Technical info: DSCR-A200 / 11mm / ISO 100 / f11 / 1/125s / E 0.0
HONOURED: Crocodile snack, by Brian Joffe “While on a photographic boat on the Chobe River we docked to watch a crocodile stalking doves. As the doves approached the water, the croc struck. The image shows the feathers of the dove in the reptile’s throat.” Technical info: Nikon D3S / 850mm / ISO 1250 / f10 / 1/3200s / E -1.3