“I believe that if black-and-white photography is done correctly it can convey much more emotion and a deeper meaning than colour ever could. It’s as if by subtracting colour, the viewer is forced to add his own emotion to the images. Colour photography is like a novel that spells everything out in detail, whereas black-and-white photography is like poetry—its strength isn’t in what’s said; it’s in what’s left out.” – Heinrich van den Berg
Heinrich’s description of wildlife photography in black-and-white accurately conveys the impact these images have on viewers. Submissions from Africa’s Photographer of the Year truly portray the impact these images can have on the viewer. Here are a few photographs from our talented photographers:
Thinus Schoeman: The sharp-end. A male lion giving a late afternoon yawn
Adip Singh: Lone ranger
Jennifer Sawicky: A Mother’s Love
Foto: Chase Wells
Zhayynn James: Dusty traveller. A herd of zebras trudge across the dusty plains of Ndutu
Nicole Van Der Walt: Mkanye staring straight on into the distance
Justus van Dillen: A leopard resting in a tree in the Sabi Sands
Dean Robinson: Counting claws
Michael Raddall: Eyes in the undergrowth
Gurveer Sira: Weißrückengeier
Michael Raddall: Twos company.
Gurveer Sira: Long horn. Save the horn.
Andrea Mulig: Hungry hungry hippo.
Anthony Goldman: Food scout.
Bernd Kraemer: Greatness of Africa.
Gurveer Sira: Love is in the air.
Camille Boerderie: Roar of lion
Arnfinn Johansen: Leopard.
Simon Smith: Feline curves.
Simon Smith: I loved the contrast not only in size but in colour between the larger elephants and this very young calf.
Gabriel Clark: A scarred and half blind male lion looks for rest after feasting on a cape buffalo the night before.
Gurveer Sira: Elephants deserve to keep their tusks.
Gurveer Sira: On the move.
Johannes Ratemann: Cheetah in the early morning light Sabi Sand. From his observation post he observed his territory.
John Mullineux: Thirsty trudge. Wildebeest searching for water in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, South Africa.
Johannes Ratemann: Female rhino with baby rhino making a stop for drinking Sabi Sand. Aren’t they wonderful?
Jean Goldston: Cheetah in Samara Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa
Kaizer Allu; Road closed.
Karthik Bangalore Thirumala Raju: The leap of faith.
Molly Byrne: Meru in Kenya
Tobias Schwarz: Lion at Shamwari.
Uwe Firnhaber: Young male lion taken at Kruger National Park.
Werner Kruse: Rhino Stare…One very playful Rhino looking for attention in the rest of the herd.
Feeling inspired to create black-and-white wildlife photography? Show us what you’ve got, and submit.
Jemma's love for nature and culture grew while growing up on her family's dairy farm in the Natal Midlands. Since then she has been a ski lift operator in the Sierra Nevada, an Au Pair in London, an English teacher in Vietnam and is now writing about her favourite continent - Africa.
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