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CRITICAL ENDANGERED ESCAPE

I was enjoying the playfulness of a pack of lions at the Okondeka Waterhole in Etosha Namibia. Typically to the region, a brisk thunderstorm cooled the late afternoon air. A Black Rhino came wandering down to the waterhole. His only objective was to quench his thirst. He did not pay much attention to the massive pack of 11 lions that were keeping a close eye on him. He drank hurriedly for a couple of seconds and suddenly calculated the surroundings. The danger was in the air. The lions positioned themselves for an easy stalk. Without a warning, he stunned me and the pack. With a gentle gallop, he escaped the danger.

The symbolic moment of this photo created so many feelings, hope, sadness, expectation, grief, excitement, anger and even desolation! There have been many human killings from in South Africa alone. Will rhino be able to survive the senseless slaughtering the same way he escaped the Lion stalk? This was one of those moments that I realized that no matter at what cost we have to protect this awesome species.
THE MOMENT - 0 comments
Although we go to the Kalahari Transfrontier Park often, this was our first Christmas. We were all was giggling and laughing about soaring temperatures, sweltering nights, sunburn and the barking geckos that joined in the conversation at dinner the previous night.

I knew, that Christmas in the Kalahari Transfrontier Park won't be ordinary at all. Something special is definitely waiting for us.

We were the first vehicle to leave camp so we still needed our coffee. As we were leaving the kids asked me what was on my Christmas wish list – "A Cheetah kill" – with a giggle of disbelief my youngest let me know that that was a tall order! Last coffee cup being filled, we spotted the Cheetah brothers on the dune sitting up straight.

Scrambling to put down the coffee, to get the camera's ready and get into the position we managed to get our focus on the cheetahs. Drips and drabs other vehicles started to arrive and you could see that it was a special day. Everyone was dressed neatly (contrasting the rustic bush outfits that became the norm here) – clean shirts, ladies with make-up and friendlier moods everywhere. We were making small talk with a couple in the vehicle next to us and the next moment the Cheetahs started their stalk – over the road and ran between vehicles towards the riverbed.

Dilemma struck – we were facing the wrong way! With speed and accuracy, our driver made a 3 point turn in a moment of chaos and manoeuvred through the fleet of vehicles in reverse facing the riverbed. Window mount still on the other window, 1.7 converters still on the 500 lense, but yet I got the shots. Within seconds everything was over.

In hind side: Make a specific wish on a special day, don’t order coffee from the passenger waiting for a special moment (the whole Christmas outfit smelled of locally ground coffee beans). Be aware of oncoming traffic (vehicles and possible prey) and be fully prepared for the unexpected!

What are the chances to witness this? One thing is certain: In Africa 100%. Patience and perseverance in sweltering heat paid off and in return, we got a memory that will last a lifetime!
CAPTURING THE MOMENT AT UCT - 0 comments
Capturing the moment speech held at UCT hosted by Wild Shots Photographic Symposium proved to be one of the greatest experiences I've had in my career. With a full seating, my story was heard by all. Thank you to Wild Shots Photographic Symposium for giving me that humbling experience.
KAH KIT YOONG AND WINNIE - 0 comments
Kah Kit Yoong and Winnie are sharing stories behind the images and photography-related topics on some of the below publications.

The Callsheet

  • Talk Wildlife.com
    Getaway magazine South Africa
    Wildcard South Africa
    Natural History Museum UK
    MSN News UK
    Metro UK
    Telegraph UK
    BirdPhotographers.net
    Africa Photographic Awards South Africa
    BBC News UK
    The Scotsman Scotland
    Africa Bliss Photography
NATURE'S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHER LIST - 0 comments
I would like to congratulate all the photographers that formed part of Nature's Best Photography Highly Honored Photographer list. I'm honoured and humbled to be a part of these great artists.

African Wildlife:

  • Eleanore Avery,
    Bridgena Barnard,
    Patrick Bentley,
    Johan J. Botha,
    William Burrard-Lucas,
    Roger Clark,
    Lou Coetzer,
    Phil Collyer,
    Russell Johnson,
    Elliott Neep,
    Richard Rothstein,
    Barrie Wilkins,
    Christian Ziegler
AWARDS AND HONOURABLE MENTIONS - 0 comments
2010:

  • The 1st place Behaviour: Mammals - Veolia BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year 2010: Moments
    1st prize at the Nature Photographer of the Year: Decisive Seconds
    Selection in the Getpix 2010 Photographic Awards coffee table book
    Wildlife photographer of the year by Panorama
    1st place at Nature's Best Photography
    1st place for Arid Parks Captured Experience Competition: Moments
    1st place for Arid Parks Captured Experience Competition: Moments sequence
    1st place for Arid Parks Captured Experience Competition: Jump to Safety
    Gold winner at Africa Photographic Awards
    Honoured photographer at Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Int Awards
    First
runner-up at the Getaway Wildlife & Environment Photo Competition

2011:

  • 1st Prize at the Stanford Birding Competition: Meticulous Rip and Tear Skills - Black Shouldered Kite
    Special mention at the Stanford Birding Competition: In Full Armour - African Darter
    Honourable mention at the Nature Photographer of the Year
    Honourable mention at Memorial MariaLuisa: Drama at the dry waterhole.
    Gold at the Tierenberg Super Circuit
    Silver at the Tierenberg Super Circuit


2012:

  • Gold medal at the Trierenberg Super Circuit: Lion images


2013:

  • Listed as #32 as a photo of the decade by Tail & Fur's 45 best wildlife photos of the decade.
    1st place for Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 - SWPP: Decisive Seconds
    1st place from The Society of Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP): Leopard Stashing Kill
    1st place at the GO WILD! Captivating nature photography awards: Leopard Stashing Kill
    Finalist in the Golden Turtle Competition in Russia
    1st place at Tiger Canyons: Tiger Bomb


2014:

  • Finalist for the ViewBug Image of the year.
    Listed as one of the 15 most amazing photos for 2014 by NatureTTL
    Opening exhibition at the 100 Wonders of the World Art-center in Saint Petersburg.
PUBLICATIONS - 0 comments
  • The Telegraph
    MailOnline
    Aol.

    National Geographic's site, YOURSHOT
    Beverly Joubert is an SA NatGeo explorer. She took the time to write me a message about my photography:
    "This is an exceptional moment. I love the title almost as much as the image because its ambiguous and I believe that photography and wildlife photography, in particular, can be ordinary if the photographer is merely taking a quick shot, merely capturing those images could end up been posters only, so some element of a question hanging is always good. So is this a moment in time, moments before death, or even moments to escape. I suspect this particular moment ended in tears for the Thompson’s but you never know. The next frame may be the two cheetahs staring at a patch of dirt as the gazelle flies over their heads to safety. But what a great moment to capture? I have to add a note here, that wildlife photography done well is painstaking, slow, unrewarding in general as you miss more than you get, and then the animals themselves sort of compete against you, filling the frame naturally with their obvious beauty. So keeping a cool head when something like this is going on, is admirable."

    National Geographic photographer, Jay Dickman took the time to write his feedback on my images: "I looked at many wildlife images, but few brought the moment to the foreground like this photo. The composition and timing are impeccable; the lighting is so nice. Look at how the ears of the springbok faun fill the left middle of the frame; the “bookends” of the two cheetahs frame the victim perfectly. So many works in this greatly engaging image–nature at it’s tragic best." This amazing blurp was published on National Geographic's site, YOURSHOT.

    Arid Parks Captured Experiences
    Tierenberg Super Circuit (1992-2012). The best animal photos of the world.
    Nature's Best Photography Highly Honored Photographer list
    Die Burger/Beeld
    Frontier
    WalesOnline
    Farfetch
    Kah Kit Yoong and Interview Report
    Fujifilm
    Getaway