BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards

29th October 2013

The Natural History Museum

2013 was a good year for me again at the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.
This competition is equal to the Oscars of the Wildlife Photography industry and it is most certainly the most coveted awards to be placed in.
Thankfully my image titled "Surfing Delight" managed to get chosen as the runner-up in the Animals in Environment category.

The awards evening was unbelievable filled with the most amazing scenes. The entire main hall in the Natural History Museum was transformed into what can only be described as a Mind-Blowing spectacle. When one enters the hall with all the lights and colours you have to stop and pause for a moment just to take it all in. Even the ancient Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton seemed alive. There was an electric atmosphere that seemed to consume each and everyone of us that was there.

the spectacular events hall with the Diplodocus dinosaur overlooking the proceedings of the evening

from left around the table: Jackie Cranke, Wim van den Heever, Ben Cranke, Peter Delaney, Neo Delaney, Nicolene Schoeman, Andrew Schoeman, Greg du Toit, Claire du Toit, Hannes Lochner

Congratulations to all my fellow South African Wildlife photographers that did so well in this years competition as well. With special mention to Greg du Toit a man that I have spent many a day working with in the bush. Well done Greg you make us all proud..!

My other South African colleagues are:
Greg du Toit - Overall winner of the competition & Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Isak Pretorius - Winner Bird Behaviour
Hannes Lochner - Runner-Up Animal Portrait & front cover of the BBC WPY book
Peter Delaney - Runner-Up Animal Portait
Wim van den Heever - Runner-Up Animals in Environment
Andrew Schoeman - Runner-Up Black & White
Lou Coetzer - Highly Honoured Animal Behaviour
Thomas Peschak - Specially Commended The World In Our Hands award
Brent Stirton - Winner Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year award