November 2017 Winners

Gordon Dinner – The beast
Tanya Nadauld – Purple Dusk

Canon 5D Mark 4

Canon EF 100-400 L IS 2 USM

ISO 100

1/5 second


100mm focal length

Winner & Best Junior
Malcolm Sutton – Battle of the Giants

Winner: PSSA Junior Club Competition November 2017

A Goliath Heron regularly visits the Umkobi Estuary on the KZN South Coast. On this occasion it was perched well over a 100 metres away and too small in my viewfinder for good images, but little else was happening, so I took a few shots whilst it preened itself and moved about on the perch. I was ready when it took off and extremely pleased when it flew towards me. I was intent on keeping it in focus and tracking it, and even started to worry that it might come too close and no longer fit in the viewfinder, when it took on an aggressive manner. It was telling a White-breasted Cormorant to clear off from another perch. Unfortunately the only images I captured with the cormorant had it submissively dropping into the water behind the perch. I was happy with the images of the heron but decided that there would be far more ‘wow’ if it contained two birds interacting. My final image is a composite of two of these images, with the bird flipped horizontally and its head raised slightly (so that they are looking at each other) in one of the images, using Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.

Camera: Canon EOS 1D X Mark II; Lens: EF 500 mm f/4L IS II USM + 2x extender. f11; 1/4000 sec; ISO 2000

Winner & Best senior
Tim Gould – Rock Kestrel
Faan Behrens – Sea sun and rocks
Nerissa Naidoo – African Beauty