34 pics of iSimangaliso like you’ve never seen it before

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Cape Town - High photographic standards were set in the recent iSimangaliso Sodwana Bay Shootout, with photographers capturing some of the incredible diversity and fragile beauty to be seen both above and below the ocean in the World Heritage Site.

Originally an underwater competition, the categories were expanded in recent years to enable non-diving photographers to enter in the ‘Land’ category as well, with photographs eligible from anywhere within iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This resulted in an interesting mix of images coming through including the recently introduced lions in the uMkhuze section of the park.

ALSO READ: iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Wild place of superlatives


The winning overall photograph, of a Midas blenny, was taken by seasoned professional photographer Dr Geoff Spiby. Geoff also won the Advanced Underwater category with his portfolio entitled At home where I usually live on the reef.

(Photo by Geoff Spiby)

“Entrants need to produce world-class portfolios over a five-day shooting period and at the end of the day the best underwater photographer is judged the overall winner,” said photographer Allen Walker, a past winner and one of the judges at the competition.

He added: “This is the truest test of any underwater photographer’s skills and the fairest form of competition amongst competitors from South Africa and around the world.”

According to an organiser, the event not only showcased the natural attractions of this coastal jewel, but also provided a fun family event during the school holidays with environmental education, informative talks by marine specialists and a range of musical entertainment.

View the full gallery here: PICS: 34 pics of iSimangaliso like you’ve never seen it before

(Photo by Estienne Janse van Rensburg)

(Photo by Chris Pienaar)

(Photo by Geoff Spiby)

(Photo by Herman Jacobs)

Check out the rest of the winning pics here: PICS: 34 pics of iSimangaliso like you’ve never seen it before

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