AFRICAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Brendon Cremer

Nelspruit, South Africa
www.brendoncremer.com

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More about Brendon Cremer

I was born and raised in Zimbabwe where I was exposed to wildlife and the outdoors at an early age. During school holidays I followed my passion while working in the Kariba area and the Matusadona National Park, where I expanded my knowledge of wildlife and nature.

After completing my schooling I took an apprenticeship in the Matusadona National Park where I studied all aspects of wildlife and the African bush, from plants and insects to birds and mammals. After completing my apprenticeship and becoming a professional guide, I worked for a company that conducted walking trails in the national park. Tracking and stalking big game while learning about animal behaviour were part of my daily experience. After spending several years as a guide in prominent Zimbabwe reserves such as Mana Pools, Lower Zambezi and Hwange National Park, as well as in Zambia and Botswana, I settled in Victoria Falls. While there, I worked in the Kazangula area along the Upper Zambezi and in the Chobe National Park, conducting big-game walking trails. It was here that I started my obsession with photography, never missing an opportunity to capture images in the wild.

With the onset of political strife in the region and the collapse of the Zimbabwean economy, I returned to the country of my family’s origin, South Africa.

Here I spent 4 years as a Lodge Manager in the renowned Sabi Sand game reserve, photographing wildlife extensively but concentrating on the big cats in the reserve. I consequently acquired an extensive knowledge and understanding of these predators, documenting their habitats and behaviour.

The intricate biomes of the natural world around us are so beautiful and amazing that it is often difficult to describe them in words. For me photography has always gone hand in hand with my love of wildlife and nature, offering me a medium through which to share the beauties of Nature with people less fortunate than I am and who do not have the means to encounter all the natural wonders our world has to offer.

When I’m photographing out in the wild, I am constantly trying to capture images that reveal the full beauty of what is in front of me, whether it be a dramatic landscape, a fierce battle for survival between predator and prey, or something much smaller and not immediately evident to the unpractised eye.

What I love most about wildlife photography is the ability to capture a single moment in time that can never be repeated in exactly the same way. That moment in time may evaporate before one’s eyes, but it can be immortalised in the single frame of a camera image, to be shared and appreciated for generations to come.

– Brendon Cremer

PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR

Geo Cloete - Tentacle Tornado

TENTACLE TORNADO

Geo Cloete
Cape Town, South Africa
www.geocloete.com

Nikon D300, 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 10mm, ISO 200, Aperture f/14, Shutter Speed 1/160s, EV 0.0

AFRICAN LANDSCAPES

Panos Laskarakis - Different ways

WINNER
Different Ways
Panos Laskarakis
Ioannina, Greece
www.panoslaskarakis.com
Canon EOS 7D, 400mm f/2.8 + 2x Converter @ 800mm, ISO 200, Aperture f/8, Shutter Speed 1/1000s, EV 0.0

Mbundini Abbey Sunrise

FIRST RUNNER UP
Mbundini Abbey Sunrise – Mark Dumbleton
Johannesburg, South Africa
Nikon D810, 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 15mm, ISO 200, Aperture f/11,
Shutter Speed 1/8s, EV 0.0

Michael Viljoen - Desert king

SECOND RUNNER UP
Desert King – Michael Viljoen
Cape Town, South Africa
Nikon D810, 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/2.8,
Shutter Speed 1/8000s, EV +0.3

Hannes Lochner - Reflections

HIGHLY HONOURED
Reflections – Hannes Lochner
Cape Town, South Africa
Nikon D800E, 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm, ISO 3200, Aperture f/2.8,
Shutter Speed 1/30s, EV -0.3

Michael Viljoen - Flamingo colours

HIGHLY HONOURED
Flamingo Colours – Michael Viljoen
Cape Town, South Africa
Canon EOS 5D MkIII, 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 160mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/4.5,
Shutter Speed 1/6400s, EV -1.0

WILD CATS OF AFRICA
BEHAVIOURAL

Zhengze Xu - Lion Kings Fighting

WINNER
Lion Kings Fighting
Zhengze Xu
Shanghai, China

Canon EOS 5D MkIII, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 285mm, ISO 400, Aperture f/5.6, Shutter Speed 1/2000s, EV +0.3

Paul Goldstein - Cat flap

FIRST RUNNER UP
Cat Flap – Paul Goldstein
London, United Kingdom
Canon EOS 1D-X MkII, 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, ISO 500, Aperture f/4,
Shutter Speed 1/6400, EV -0.3

Michael Viljoen - Dont mess with me

SECOND RUNNER UP
Don’t Mess with Me – Michael Viljoen
Cape Town, South Africa
Canon EOS 5D MkIII, 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, ISO 640, Aperture f/8,
Shutter Speed 1/1600s, EV -0.3

Ilna Booyens - The Kill

HIGHLY HONOURED
The Kill – Ilna Booyens
Pretoria, South Africa
Canon EOS 7D MkII, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, ISO 400, Aperture f/5,
Shutter Speed 1/3200s, EV 0.0

David Thom - Caught

HIGHLY HONOURED
Caught – David Thom
Pretoria, South Africa
Nikon D800E, 400mm f/2.8 + 2x Converter @ 800mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/8,
Shutter Speed 1/4000s, EV -0.7

WILD CATS OF AFRICA
PORTRAITS

Arnfinn Johansen - Male Lion in the Night

WINNER
Male Lion in the Night
Arnfinn Johansen
Lillehammer, Norway
www.arnfinnjohansen.com
Nikon D5, 16-35mm f/4 @ 18mm, ISO 12800, Aperture f/8, Shutter Speed 1/10s, EV 0.0

Ann Toon - Young Lions Playing

FIRST RUNNER UP
Young Lions Playing – Ann Toon
Hexham, United Kingdom
Canon EOS 1D-X, 500mm f/4 + 1.4x Converter @ 700mm, ISO 320, Aperture f/8,
Shutter Speed 1/800s, EV 0.0

Michael Viljoen - Out of my comfort zone

SECOND RUNNER UP
Out of my Comfort Zone – Michael Viljoen
Cape Town, South Africa
Canon EOS 1D-X, 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 125mm, ISO 1000, Aperture f/4,
Shutter Speed 1/8000s, EV +0.3

Brendon Cremer_The Face in the Moon_Wild Cats of Africa Portraits

HIGHLY HONOURED
The Face in the Moon – Brendon Cremer
Cape Town, South Africa
Nikon D3S, 200-400mm f/4 @ 400mm, ISO 2500, Aperture f/4.5,
Shutter Speed 1/125s, EV 0.0

Paul Goldstein - Head on a stick

HIGHLY HONOURED
Head on a Stick – Paul Goldstein
London, United Kingdom
Canon EOS 1D-X MkII, 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, ISO 500, Aperture f/5.6,
Shutter Speed 1/1600s, EV -0.7

BIRDS OF AFRICA
BEHAVIOURAL

Olli Teirila - Disappointment in the Air

WINNER
Disappointment in the Air
Olli Teirilä
Helsinki, Finland

Canon EOS 70D, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 400mm, ISO 1600, Aperture f/13, Shutter Speed 1/4000s, EV 0.0

Kobus Kriek - Go Sit Somewhere Else

FIRST RUNNER UP
Go Sit Somewhere Else – Kobus Kriek
Schweizer-Reneke, South Africa
Nikon D4, 600mm f/4 + 1.4x Converter @ 850mm, ISO 160, Aperture f/7.1,
Shutter Speed 1/3200s, EV -1.3

Margaret Olivier - Lapwing Bombing Fish Eagle

SECOND RUNNER UP
Lapwing Bombing Fish Eagle – Margaret Olivier
Johannesburg, South Africa
Nikon D3S, 600mm f/4 + 1.4x Converter @ 840mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/8,
Shutter Speed 1/5000s, EV -1.3

Michiel Duvenhage - Dustbath

HIGHLY HONOURED
Dust Bath – Michiel Duvenhage
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Nikon D3, 300mm f/4 + 1.7x Converter @ 500mm, ISO 640, Aperture f/11,
Shutter Speed 1/5000s, EV -2.0

Andrew Schoeman - Feeding the Kids

HIGHLY HONOURED
Feeding the Kids – Andrew Schoeman
Sabi Sand, South Africa
Nikon D500, 16-28mm f/2.8 @ 16mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/18,
Shutter Speed 1/500s, EV -1.3

BIRDS OF AFRICA
PORTRAITS

Jay van Rensburg - Strike A Pose

WINNER
Strike A Pose
Jay van Rensburg
Johannesburg, South Arica
www.jaywildpix.com
Nikon D4S, 200-400mm f/4 + 1.4x Converter @ 550mm, ISO 1000, Aperture f/5.6, Shutter Speed 1/1000s, EV +0.7

Pierre Jordaan - Dabchick with fish

FIRST RUNNER UP
Dabchick with Fish – Pierre Jordaan
Trichardt, South Africa
Canon EOS 5D MkIII, 500mm f/4 + 1.4x Converter @ 700mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/8,
Shutter Speed 1/3200s, EV -0.7

Russ Burden - Reflections

SECOND RUNNER UP
Reflections – Russ Burden
Colorado, United States of America
Nikon D7200, 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 400mm, ISO 400, Aperture f/8,
Shutter Speed 1/1000s, EV -0.5

Dionne Miles - Fairy Lights

HIGHLY HONOURED
Fairy Lights – Dionne Miles
Somerset West, South Africa
Nikon D750, 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 500mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/5.6,
Shutter Speed 1/1250s, EV 0.0

Geo Jooste - Darter Bath

HIGHLY HONOURED
Darter Bath – Geo Jooste
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Canon EOS 5D MkIV, 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 @ 180mm, ISO 400, Aperture f/5,
Shutter Speed 1/320s, EV -0.3

MAMMALS OF AFRICA
BEHAVIOURAL

Maureen Gibson - Kudu vs Hyena

WINNER
Kudu vs Hyena
Maureen Gibson
Jeffreys Bay, South Arica

Canon EOS 5D MkIV, 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/8, Shutter Speed 1/2000s, EV 0.0

Brendon Cremer - Head to Head

FIRST RUNNER UP
Head to Head – Brendon Cremer
Nelspruit, South Africa
Nikon D810, 400mm f/2.8 @ 400mm, ISO 1800, Aperture f/4,
Shutter Speed 1/2000s, EV 0.0

Renata Ewald_Sharing a Tsamma_Mammals of Africa Behaviour

SECOND RUNNER UP
Sharing a Tsamma – Renata Ewald
Phalaborwa, South Africa
Canon EOS 7D, 150-500mm f/5-6.3 @ 500mm, ISO 400, Aperture f/8,
Shutter Speed 1/1600s, EV 0.0

Lalith Ekanayake - Nature In Raw

HIGHLY HONOURED
Nature in Raw – Lalith Ekanyake
Kotte, Sri Lanka
Nikon D5, 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, ISO 2000, Aperture f/2.8,
Shutter Speed 1/1600s, EV 0.0

Julie Steelman - And Then There Was One

HIGHLY HONOURED
And then There Was One – Julie Steelman
California, United States of America
Nikon D810, 400mm f/2.8 + 2.0x Converter @ 800mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/8,
Shutter Speed 1/8000s, EV -1.3

MAMMALS OF AFRICA
PORTRAITS

Caron Steele -Jumping For Joy

WINNER
Jumping for Joy
Caron Steele
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
www.caronsteelephotography.com
Canon EOS 1D-X MkII, 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, ISO 400, Aperture f/5, Shutter Speed 1/5000s, EV -0.7

Hendrik Louw - Angry bat

FIRST RUNNER UP
Angry Bat – Hendrik Louw
Pretoria, South Africa
Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, ISO 200, Aperture f/10,
Shutter Speed 1/100s, EV -0.3

Karen Blackwood - Mom Loves Me Best

SECOND RUNNER UP
Mom Loves Me Best – Karen Blackwood
Colorado, United States of America
Canon EOS 6D, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 340mm, ISO 400, Aperture f/5.6,
Shutter Speed 1/125s, EV 0.0

Brendon Cremer - Swimming to Safety

HIGHLY HONOURED
Swimming to Safety – Brendon Cremer
Nelspruit, South Africa
Nikon D810, 400mm f/2.8 @ 400mm, ISO 360, Aperture f/7.1,
Shutter Speed 1/2000s, EV -0.7

Julie Steelman - Trunked For Life

HIGHLY HONOURED
Trunked for Life – Julie Steelman
California, United States of America
Nikon D810, 400mm f/2.8 + 2.0x Converter @ 800mm, ISO 1000, Aperture f/6.3,
Shutter Speed 1/3200s, EV -1.7

REPTILES OF AFRICA

Peter Calder - The Strike

WINNER
The Strike
Peter Calder
Beaumaris, Australia

Nikon D4S, 600mm f/4 @ 600mm, ISO 1250, Aperture f/5.6, Shutter Speed 1/5000s, EV -1.0

Jaco Marx - Engulfed

FIRST RUNNER UP
Engulfed – Jaco Marx
Bethlehem, South Africa
Canon EOS 1D-X, 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, ISO 400, Aperture f/7.1,
Shutter Speed 1/2000s, EV 0.0

Susanne Scheufler - Mara Monster

SECOND RUNNER UP
Mara Monster – Susanne Scheufler
Wasserburg, Germany
Nikon D810, 500mm f/4 + 1.4x Converter @ 700mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/10,
Shutter Speed 1/6400s, EV -1.3

Corlette Wessels - Cape Cobra vs Molesnake

HIGHLY HONOURED
Cape Cobra vs Mole Snake – Corlette Wessels
Johannesburg, South Africa
Nikon D700, 200-400mm f/4 @ 400mm, ISO 1250, Aperture f/22,
Shutter Speed 1/1600s, EV -1.3

Dewald Tromp - Predator and prey

HIGHLY HONOURED
Predator & Prey – Dewald Tromp
Middelburg, South Africa
Nikon D5, 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 140mm, ISO 2500, Aperture f/2.8,
Shutter Speed 1/50s, EV 0.0

AFRICA UP CLOSE

Hendrik Louw - African hummingbird moth

WINNER
African Hummingbird Moth
Hendrik Louw
Pretoria, South Africa
www.hendriklouw.net
Nikon D7100, 105mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, ISO 250, Aperture f/25, Shutter Speed 1/250s, EV -1.0

Marc de Chalain - Companions

FIRST RUNNER UP
Companions – Marc de Chalain
Hillcrest, South Africa
Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, ISO 640, Aperture f/16,
Shutter Speed 1/60s, EV -0.7

Johann Mader - Mantis portrait

SECOND RUNNER UP
Mantis Portrait – Johann Mader
Pretoria, South Africa
Nikon D750, 105mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/22,
Shutter Speed 1/160s, EV -0.7

Heinrich Human - Colours in Harmony

HIGHLY HONOURED
Colours in Harmony – Heinrich Human
Nelspruit, South Africa
Nikon D610, 60mm f/2.8 @ 60mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/5.6,
Shutter Speed 1/2000s, EV 0.0

Hendrik Louw - Hiding Mantis

HIGHLY HONOURED
Hiding Mantis – Hendrik Louw
Pretoria, South Africa
Nikon D7100, 105mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, ISO 250, Aperture f/25,
Shutter Speed 1/250s, EV -0.7

AFRICA AT SEA

Geo Cloete - Tentacle Tornado

WINNER
Tentacle Tornado
Geo Cloete
Cape Town, South Africa
www.geocloete.com
Nikon D300, 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 10mm, ISO 200, Aperture f/14, Shutter Speed 1/160s, EV 0.0

Pier Mane - Barracuda Tornado

FIRST RUNNER UP
Barracuda Tornado – Pier A Mane
Cape Town, South Africa
Olympus E-M1, 8mm f/3.5 @ 8mm, ISO 100, Aperture f/7.1,
Shutter Speed 1/80s, EV 0.0

Pier Mane - Spiral

SECOND RUNNER UP
Spiral – Pier A Mane
Cape Town, South Africa
Olympus E-M1, 8mm f/3.5 @ 8mm, ISO 200, Aperture f/13,
Shutter Speed 1/320s, EV 0.0

Rainer Schimpf - Octopus

HIGHLY HONOURED
Octopus – Rainer Schimpf
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Canon EOS 5D MkII, 8-15mm f/4 @ 15mm, ISO 400, Aperture f/6.3,
Shutter Speed 1/250s, EV -0.3

Fabrice Guerin - Wide Wild Fish

HIGHLY HONOURED
Wide Wilde Fish – Fabrice Guerin
Unay-Sous-Auneau
Canon EOS 5D MkIII, 16-35mm f/4 @ 20mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/4.5,
Shutter Speed 1/200s, EV 0.0

ART IN AFRICAN WILDLIFE

Xiao Chenguang - Flamingo Art

WINNER
Flamingo Art
Xiao Chenguang
Nairobi, Kenya

Canon EOS 5D Mk III, 24-105mm f/4 @ 105mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/9, Shutter Speed 1/1600s, EV 0.0

Brendon Cremer - The Dash to Water

FIRST RUNNER UP
The Dash to Water – Brendon Cremer
Nelspruit, South Africa
Nikon D3S, 200-400mm f/4 @ 220mm, ISO 200, Aperture f4.5,
Shutter Speed 1/10s, EV 0.0

Paul Goldstein - Cut to the chase

SECOND RUNNER UP
Cut to the Chase – Paul Goldstein
London, United Kingdom
Canon EOS 1D-X, 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, ISO 200, Aperture f/7.1,
Shutter Speed 1/50s, EV 0.0

Giovanni Casini -African Memories

HIGHLY HONOURED
African Memories – Giovanni Casini
Pisa, Italy
Nikon D90, 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 120mm, ISO 200, Aperture f/14,
Shutter Speed 1/20s, EV 0.0

Brendon Cremer - Surfing Seal

HIGHLY HONOURED
Surfing Seal – Brendon Cremer
Nelspruit, South Africa
Nikon D810, 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 52mm, ISO 40, Aperture f/10,
Shutter Speed 1/15s, EV +1.0

BLACK AND WHITE

Patrice Quillard - My Copyright

WINNER
My Copyright
Patrice Quillard
Froberville, France
patricequillard.blogspot.com
Canon EOS 7D MkII, 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, ISO 1000, Aperture f/5.6, Shutter Speed 1/1250s, EV 0.0

Kirsten Frost - Encounters with Giants

FIRST RUNNER UP
Encounters with Giants – Kirsten Frost
Cape Town, South Africa
Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, ISO 400, Aperture f/4,
Shutter Speed 1/2500, EV 0.0

Jackie Badenhorst - Mana Mist

SECOND RUNNER UP
Mana Mist – Jackie Badenhorst
Pretoria, South Africa
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, ISO 400, Aperture f/4,
Shutter Speed 1/500s, EV 0.0

Hannes Lochner - Let There Be Light

HIGHLY HONOURED
Let There Be Light – Hannes Lochner
Cape Town, South Africa
Nikon D600, 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm, ISO 1600, Aperture f/11,
Shutter Speed 1/4000s, EV -0.7

Jackie Badenhorst - At a crossroads

HIGHLY HONOURED
At a Crossroads – Jackie Badenhorst
Pretoria, South Africa
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/6.3,
Shutter Speed 1/640s, EV +0.3

YOUTH AWARD

Pradyuman Samant - Cheetah Silhouette

WINNER
Silhouette Cheetah
Pradyuman Samant
Maharashtra, India
Canon EOS 1D-X, 300mm f/4 @ 300mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/7.1, Shutter Speed 1/8000s, EV -2.0

Harman Singh Heer - The Three Musketeers

FIRST RUNNER UP
The Three Musketeers – Harman Singh Heer
Burns Beach, Australia
Canon EOS 450D, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 285mm, ISO 200, Aperture f/6.3,
Shutter Speed 1/400s, EV 0.0

Skye Meaker - The Butterfly Catcher

SECOND RUNNER UP
The Butterfly Catcher – Skye Meaker
Durban, South Africa
Canon EOS 1D-X, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 400mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/5.6,
Shutter Speed 1/800s, EV -1.0

Pradyuman Samant - Leap of faith

HIGHLY HONOURED
Leap of Faith – Pradyuman Samant
Maharashtra, India
Canon EOS 1D-X, 300mm f/4 @ 300mm, ISO 640, Aperture f/11,
Shutter Speed 1/800s, EV 0.0

Dheeraj MNanda - Pouncing for Joy

HIGHLY HONOURED
Pouncing for Joy – Dheeraj Mnanda
Karnataka, India
Canon EOS 1D-X, 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, ISO 800, Aperture f/3.5,
Shutter Speed 1/1600s, EV 0.0