Definition of epic: [adj. colloq.] Particularly impressive or remarkable; excellent, outstanding. ~ Oxford English Dictionary
The Kruger National Park in South Africa is a photographer’s dream destination when it comes to incredible wildlife sightings – with every sighting unique and unforgettable. From buffalo bulls aggressively going at each other at a waterhole and an incredibly magnificent elephant bull towering over the landscape to a python strangling its enormous prey and lions, giving you the proverbial death stare. These are the epic moments that Kruger has to offer, and fortunately, there are photographers out there who have been able to catch these jaw-dropping scenes on camera.
So, without further ado, we present the gallery Epic Kruger, which comprises of a selection of stunning photos taken in the Kruger and Greater Kruger areas, along with some thoughts from the photographers themselves. And they’re not just any photos; they’re some of the special photos submitted during our Photographer of the Year 2016, 2017 and 2018 competitions.
“I took this photo of an elephant bull standing on a slight hill using a wide-angle lens. A storm was brewing in the distance, which created a rather spooky effect.” ~ Annemarie du Plessis
“The water levels were low around this time of year, so you did not need to drive too far in search of wildlife as the animals would soon turn to the few permanent water sources to drink. At one of the waterholes a few old dagga boys turned up just after 8 am, and true to their grumpy nature the one bull aggressively launched at the other bull when he entered the water!” ~ Renata Ewald
“Dramatic composition reigns supreme in this evocative black and white image that captures one of Africa’s most regal predators in a natural, rugged state.” ~ Craig Hayman
“This is a rather gruesome sight of lions squabbling over one little zebra kill.” ~ Sibyl Morris
“While travelling from the airport to our photographic safari destination, we took a small detour on a well-known loop when suddenly this massive elephant bull appeared out of nowhere. He was so gracious and not bothered about our presence at all. While he was walking, the perfect side profile shot presented itself for this amazing capture. It was truly amazing to see this tusker in this area just going about his daily routine.” ~ Bernhard Bekker
“Three old brothers walk together – a formidable coalition moving into unfamiliar territory.” ~ Christof Schoeman
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