I had spent 4-weeks in the Thanda Private Game Reserve in South Africa in Spet, 2011 in a photography and conservation volunteer program with African Impact. One weekend they took us to the Crocodile Center in St.Lucia. As part of the tour, the guide opened up the cages and let us all into the put where a lot of crocodiles were laying about. They were all sizes of them and while the guide was giving us a lecture about the animal and their environment and what we can do to protect them, another guide helped keep one young crocodile stable while I photographed its eye with my Macro lens. I must admit even though I knew the crocodile was secure, it still felt like he had the power and strength to let go of the guides hands and chop us both. Luckily he didn’t and I managed to capture this detailed image of the reptile’s eye.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | April 10
Award Score: 68 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Close-Up Photography
Photograph Location: Crocodile Center in St. Lucia | South Africa
Photographer: Bashar Alaeddin (Amman, Jordan) Registered
Born in Kuwait City, lived between Jordan and Lebanon most of his life, Bashar has over 9yrs experience in digital photography since he picked it up as a hobby for a course during his university years. Starting from a 2mp Samsung, he is now the founder of a photography & video studio based in Amman, Jordan where his time is split between his commercial day job photographing food, interior, products and portraits; and his night-time job traveling around the middle-east region capturing landscapes, the culture and his favorite genre, long-exposures of the night-sky. He is an amateur astronomer and tried to combine that with his love of photographs showcasing the beauty of the Arabian landscapes under starry nights.