'HIPPO PISTACHIO", BY PIA DIERICKX; WINNER, 'AFRICAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR'.
This image was part of the overall winning portfolio selected by the judges. Moderator in chief, Lou Coetzer, says: "It is clear that the demands implicit in the assembling of such a portfolio are extreme. An entrant is required to present ten world-class images that cover a variety of genres while collectively revealing a comprehensive repertoire of photographic skills. It is in the nature of judging images that, beyond certain basic criteria of merit, currents of subjectivity can flow through the assessment processes. Therefore a greater sense of fairness and objectivity pertains when a winner is determined by a portfolio rather than by a single image."