by Jennifer Southwell
on June 13, 2017
2 min read

The Big 5 are the animals which you do not want to come face-to-face with on foot… With good reason. The sheer size of an elephant, the deep baritone roar of a lion and the piercing stare of a leopard, they are truly terrifying. Yet somehow captivatingly beautiful. They are usually the top of most safari-goers ‘bush bucket-list’. If you are an avid photographer, these animals are the perfect muse for an enchanting image. This is why we have a category dedicated to these incredible animals. And we have gathered up some beautiful images for you to feast your eyes on.

Alexander van Rijckevorsel, RSA – “On the run trying to escape cyclone Dineo.”

Rhinos on the run

Gertraud Sonntag, Austria, – “On our game drive in the Masai Mara North we saw this beautiful leopard climbing and expecting his territories. I took the picture from the car with my Sigma AF150-600 DG OS HSM.”

Leopard in the Rocks

Mike Walsh, RSA – “Two Elephant play fighting in Mana Pools.”

Lalith Ekanayake, Sri Lanka – “A Lion at the carcass of an Eland at Masai Mara.”

Lion eating carcass, bone frame

Trevor Barnett, RSA – “Leopard stalking Impala in Kruger.”

Harald Pieta, Germany – “The eyes of a hunter – Maasai Mara”

eyes of a leopard

David Stone, RSA – “Elephant Sundowners – an Entire herd of Etosha Elephants visits waterhole.”

Elephant sunset herd

Pongpol Adireksarn, United Kingdom – “Contrary to the general belief, lionesses at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, can climb and live comfortably in trees. Full-grown male lions, however, can’t climb trees because of their size and weight.”

Serengeti Lioness in tree

Dave Gale, RSA – “Dusting his grub!”


Alexander Hill, Canada – “Captured this magnificent and beautiful animal at dusk at quite a far distance in Kruger NP.”

Leopard Reflection

Smith, RSA – “The Future”

Mom and baby Rhino

Jane Pearce, Australia – “Female Leopard at Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa.”

Leopard in a tree







For more information on this prestigious competition and its incredible prizes, visit the website!