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Nature’s Best Africa awards 2016

I’m very pleased to have won two awards at the 2016 Nature’s Best Africa photographic awards. Both are aerial images of elephants – ‘Elephant crossing’ was awarded first runner up in the Art in Nature category and ‘Elephants and egrets’ was highly honoured in the Black and white category. All the winning photographs will be on display at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town until September.

Elephant crossing

Elephant crossing

Elephants and egrets

Elephants and egrets

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Elephant forest

I took this image using a specially converted infrared camera.

Infrared elephant

Infrared elephant

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Nature’s Best Africa award 2015

Elephants from the air. I’m pleased to have been awarded as second runner up in the African Mammals category of the Nature’s Best Africa photographic awards last night. I couldn’t make it to the awards ceremony in Cape Town, but this is the image that won the award. All the winning photographs will be on display at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town until 26 September 2015.

Elephants from the air.

Elephants from the air.

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Elephant eye in Infrared

Elephant eye in Infrared

An interesting effect that I have noticed, is the way that certain animals’ eyes appear in infrared photographs. Their irises look much paler than usual and their pupils become even blacker. What is even more interesting is that the effect only seems to occur in certain species such as in this portrait of an elephant bull. My infrared images of a male puku antelope have the same ghostly eyes but those of leopard and giraffe do not. I’m not sure what causes this but it is a little spooky..!

Elephant portrait in infrared

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A mother’s touch

A mother's touch

I received an image enquiry today asking for black and white images that show a bond between baby animals and their mothers. Here are a few favourites from the images I came up with. My favourite favourite is the baby warthog being nuzzled by his Mum 🙂

Lioness and cub

Elephant with calf

Baby warthog

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