by Jennifer Southwell
on June 14, 2017
3 min read

Cape Town is truly diverse. It has beaches, mountains, lively cities and a melting pot of cultures, which makes it a place that is endlessly exciting to explore. That is why we were excited to see all the different perspectives of Cape Town in all its beauty and abundance in our Africa’s Photographer of the Year Photo Competition. There were many incredible entries in our Cape Town category each one presenting a new incredible outlook.

There was one picture in particular however that showed us Cape Town from a unique perspective. It was different to the other predictable images of Cape Town because it showed a new angle of the iconic Table Mountain the accompanying Lions Head. The bright purple flowers bounce off the beautiful pink hues of the clouds and this variety of colour and disposition evokes a feeling that exudes Cape Town, yet gives it a breath of fresh air.

So, without further ado, the award for Africa’s Photographer of the Year Award Cape Town Category 2017 is…‘Alexander Hill’ with this enchanting photograph:

Lions Head, Winning Africa's Photographer of the Year APOTY Picture Cape Town

As the winner of the Africa’s Photographer of the Year ‘Cape Town Category’, Alex won a pair of Swarovski CL Pocket 10×25 Binoculars Worth: $ 800.

  1. Congratulations on your winning image, we absolutely loved it. Can you tell us a bit more about your winning photo:

“It was taken right at sunset on Signal Hill in September 2015. The clouds, warm tones, and rolling clouds off Table Mountain were picture perfect so I played an insignificant role in its ultimate capture. The final image is exposure blended from three bracketed images using luminosity masks in PS. Final touches in LR CC.”

Alexander Hill
  1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your travels to Africa:

“I am a semi-retired graphic designer and photographer residing in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. My wife is a Physician specialist at the local hospital here. We are travel enthusiasts and South Africa was always on our bucket list. We travelled with some friends from Canada and rented a vehicle to visit many of the beautiful sights on the coast and wine region.”

Cape Town VA Waterfront long exposure Ferris wheel
  1. What do you love most about Cape Town?

“I really enjoyed the waterfront area where we stayed, but Table Mountain was the highlight. We hiked to the top of the mountain which was arguably the single most difficult feat I have ever done! Although it was humbling to see small children and 80 year old locals leap by me like gazelles on the perilously steep climb, it was still a personal-best achievement for me, nonetheless.”

Table Mountain in the clouds, sunset sunrise
  1. How long have you been doing photography? Do you do it professionally?

“I am primarily a graphic designer, but I have been using photography as a complementary skill for about 30 years. My primary passion is sport photography and design in which I fuse both graphic design and photography skills to create some unique imagery. In the past ten years I have been focussing more on travel photography and have sold images as prints and stock photos for magazines and books.”

waterfront boat harbour
  1. What do you find most beautiful about Africa?

“We found the safari component of our visit almost life changing. It was our first safari so we had absolutely no frame of reference, other than the odd trip to the zoo to see animals in captivity. To be that close to wildlife in its natural environment with virtually no barrier between you being but a curious observer or someone’s lunch, was truly ethereal. The wine region was also stunning. The men also did a Great White Shark cage experience which was numbing, literally and figuratively, when being dipped into the frigid waters so close to these magnificent creatures.”

shark cage diving
  1.  What would you suggest travellers to Africa should add to their bucket lists?

“1) Safari 2) Franschhoek area 3) Cape Town, Waterfront 4) Shark Cage”

If you would like to find out more about his photography go visit his website here.