Country Life Magazine: Image Club competition – 2nd place (August 2013 edition)

The image below won a second price in the Club Image Competition of Country Life. The results and the images are published in the August 2013 edition of the magazine.

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Image was taken from special designed photography safari boat of Coetzernaturephotography on the Chobe River, Botswana in June 2012 around 17H15 on our way back to the lodge. Just an example of how important light is for capturing a nice photo. This time around it taken during the last golden hour of the day – the reason for the rich golden colour on the hippo itself.

For more info on the image – read the applicable trip report posted on this blog.


Thank you Country Life, for the competition and choosing one of my images as a price winner.

Message to take home

Many photographers will tell you – getting great photos are all about being at the right place at the right time. What it means is, it is just like in Real Estate. Getting great photos is all about location, location, location. Surely nobody will disagree with such a statement. However, and this image is an example of the “however”, it is not as much the beauty of a location, but rather, the quality of the light at a location. On the Chobe River there are lots of opportunities and therefore being on Lou’s boat is an example of location, location, location (the beauty of a location). But one needs to capture those opportunities in the perfect light. Then you will get that WOW image – using the quality of the light at a location.

Until next time, keep on shooting in the perfect light conditions and simply enjoy Mother Nature when the light is not suitable for photography.


  1. #1 by Jan Reyneke on July 17, 2013 - 7:35 am

    Baie geluk willem, nice lig en ek how van die lae hoek.

  2. #2 by whk139 on July 17, 2013 - 7:54 am

    Thanks Jan – yes, ‘n mens sal die hoek omtrent net van Lou se boot af regkry. Geduld is die volgende wagwoord.

  3. #3 by bessie on July 17, 2013 - 5:57 pm

    well done willem. very nice hippo shot!

  4. #4 by Forbes on July 19, 2013 - 7:45 am

    I think I saw your first KTP trip on Sanparks forum.
    I have just looked at your weekend trip. Definitely worth it!
    We go to Kruger for long weekends from Durban. Very rewarding.
    Your S. Namibia photos are exceptional! ( but we are Sony point and shoot fans)

  5. #5 by whk139 on July 19, 2013 - 9:39 am

    Thanks, Bessie – all credit to Lou’s boat and the opportunities created by it.

    @Forbes – thanks for the kind words and reading my trip reports. I am sure you do enjoy your trips to the Kruger – just like I do enjoy my trips to the Kgalagadi. In October/Nov 2013 we do have a trip planned for the northern part of the Kruger – so looking forward to it. Yes, S. Namibia provides you with great landscape opportunities and sometimes you do need more sophisticated equipment. But one should not ignore the capabilities of the point-and-shoot cameras. It is possible to great shots with it. Enjoy reading as well as your next trip.

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