Looking through some of the images that we have featured on the blog, I felt inspired to share some of the most powerful photographs that we have shared over the last year.
These images were chosen for their drama, the emotion they elicit and the extraordinary factor that they have. Some will bring a smile to your face, others a little harsher due to the nature of survival and the unpredictability of everyday – one thing they all have in common is that each one is remarkable.
A buffalo calf struggling against gravity as it tries to stand for the first time. Trevor Ryan McCall Peat
Staff capture a special moment as a nyala gives birth in the confines of Varty Camp. Amy Attenborough
The last minutes of a birth: An elephant herd gathers together to welcome a new arrival to the herd. Irene Nathanson
A newborn elephant seeks the comfort and safety of its mothers presence. It will often sprint beneath its mother as she moves so that her giant legs protect it from the dangerous new world it finds itself in. Amy Attenborough
The Tu-Tones male and Marthly male fight for survival. Simon Smit
A lioness is surrounded by clan members rushing out of the waterhole. James Tyrrell
A story that made headlines around the world: a fearless porcupine fends of a pride of 17 hungry lions. Lucien Beaumont
Three separate wild fires spread through the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on 18 September 2014. Teams from Londolozi were on the front lines fighting and successfully containing the fire. Simon Smit
The Mhangeni pride readies themselves to begin their evening activity across the scorched earth of Marthly. Lucien Beaumont.
Teams assisted with removing a snare found on a young elephant. The scenes were heartwarming to watch as even the youngest elephants tried to help their friend rid the unwanted and painful wire. Amy Attenborough
Two hippo bulls take each other on in a fight of epic proportions. Territorial males will allow other males in their waterholes as long as they show signs of subservience and typically a bit of yawning, flicking of dung and honking is enough to decide who the boss is before any conflict is actually needed. However, in this case, the two opponents were apparently evenly matched and both were vying for territoriality. Amy Attenborough
Lion Warfare: Mhangheni vs Tsalala Showdown. Lucien Beaumont
An extraordinary tug of war between a hippo, crocodile and wildebeest. Nick Kleer
Swallowed whole: a python suffocates and swallows an impala. James Tyrrell
A hungry leopard takes its chances and steals a kill from a pack of wild dogs. Richard Burman
The great huntress: the Tamboti female gets lucky against an unfortunate scrub hare. Don Heyneke
A sad day – the Tsalala pride stalk and kill a wild dog in the Sand River. Sean Cresswell
The Marthly Male seen fleeing the scene with a s kill stolen from the Tutlwa female. Mike Sutherland
A hyena proves his athletic ability in an attempt to reach a carcass left in a tree… Lucien Beaumont
The chase between a zebra and wild dogs. A zebra stallion of a small herd fights back. The pack of wild dogs seemed to derive endless joy from teasing the stallion. Chris Goodman
Which of these photographs gave you the most thrill? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Hi Jill, I completely agree. If I had to choose a favourite than it would be the lions on the scorched earth – it really is outstanding.