Watching and tracking this sub-adult male was an unforgettable experience as he patrolled the territory belonging to his mother, who was out hunting. We were fortunate to be able to remain just outside of the lopard’s natural comfort zone, which gave us a unique vantage point from which to capture this elusive member of Africa’s Big Five. I carefully anticipated the young male’s movement as he wandered silently toward us. By watching his slow hunting method through my viewfinder, I could speak to my guests in whispers and alert them to prepare to capture this unique moment in time as he approached our game viewing vehicle.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | April 12
Award Score: 71 (Value 13, Clarity 14, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Wildlife Photography
Photograph Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga | South Africa
Photographer: Martin Meyer (Cape Town, South Africa when not on safari) Registered
Martin and Nicole Meyer (nee Schuttelaars) have been developing their unique brand of photographic, private safari’s and stock photography products and brand since July 2008. Basing their family in Cape Town, South Africa has seen this dynamic couple realize their dream of ‘thinking local and acting global’. Having amalgamated their core businesses they have a multi-faceted approach to their unique wellness safari’s, photographic galleries, publications and team-building business, offering a completely customized safari based business packages.
Martin is a qualified DEAT / FGASA field guide and internationally accredited Emergency Responder with extensive experience in leading 4WD safaris throughout Southern Africa as well as in the game parks of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. He has been active in establishing new routes and locations for various safari companies, has led photo safaris in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has also guided scuba trips on the island of Zanzibar. Martin is thoroughly knowledgeable about all aspects of southern Africa’s natural history and fascinating cultures. His people skills and the love of the outdoors have made him a very sought after guide.