Be Inspired By: Animals in Their Environment

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry 6 Comments

All too often wildlife photographers get stuck on long lenses and filling the frame with their subject.

Last week we asked you to pull back a bit and share images which include more of the subject’s environment.  By doing this story telling and context take centre stage and your portfolio will be the better for it.

If you don’t know how it works, every Friday we post the theme, along with a number of images from the Wild Eye team, to the Facebook page and then it’s over to you guys to share YOUR images.  The following Monday we will then post a number of our favourite images on the blog.

This week was amazing as we had wildlife images from all across the world shared onto the Wild Eye Facebook page.  Once your finished checking out our selection from last week head on over and check out some of the other images that was shared.  Amazing stuff.  Oh, it’s also worth following the link to each photographers Facebook page to check out more of their work as well.

Right, let’s get to it.

Here are our 10 favourite images from last week!

Be Inspired By:  Animals in Their Environment

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Image by Alison Buttigieg Photography

“A lone Topi surveys the wide expanse of the Masai Mara plains from the top of an anthill.  More on my blog: “

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Image by Nigel Adcock

“Cheetah in the Kalagadi.”

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Image by Rae Jensan

“In May 2013 I went the Masai Mara near the Out of Africa escarpment where the grave scene with the lions was filmed in the movie.  There is a pride there called the Out of Africa pride. In 2013 they had about 7 sub adults that would climb a tree in the heat of the afternoon or lie around an excavation spot perched over the mara.  On this day there were 5 in a tree and 7 lying around the excavation. This young one was perched on the top of the highest mound while a journey of giraffe on the mara floor below were very aware of the lions up on the hill.”

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Image by Life Safari Photography

“Royal Bengal Tigress, Tadoba National Park, India.  Seeing these magnificent cats in the wild is truly an incredible experience. Absolutely terrible that they have been pushed to the brink of extinction by humans…..thankfully things are starting to look up for them with increasing numbers in many parks but there are still many conservation challenges to be faced and overcome. Let’s hope there will be wild tigers forever.”

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Image by Bret Charman

“A Dingo watches me from a cliff top on Fraser Island, Australia. I was photographing the sunset when I felt something was watching me, I turned around to see a group of three Dingoes sat atop of the cliff. One stayed and watched me before disappearing into the bush, it was a magical encounter.”

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Image by Douglas Croft Images

“A highly endangered California Condor soars above the Big Sur coastline. These huge birds are being re-introduced to the area via captive breeding programs which are helping to bring them back from the brink of extinction. Amazing to see them fly! (look closely and you can see the transmitters on his wings).”

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Image by David Plowchalk

“Lioness of the Matusadona National Park (Zimbabwe) stalks the shores of Lake Kariba.”

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Image by Jackie Downey

“Making the most of the last light. Laikipia, Dec 2014”

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Image by Joni Munsterteiger

“Swallow Soda Butte Yellowstone National Park.  Soda Butte is an old geyser in Yellowstone– swallows build their mud nests on one side. I like this photo, because the swallow looks so spiritual to me.”

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Image by Joseph Anthony

“Frame within a frame. This was a pre visualised and anticipated shot. I liked the framing first of all using the trees and different layers to create a frame within the frame. All it needed was the leopard to fill it! This is the late Sandriver male. Previous dominant male in this territory returning for one last hurrah…Famous for his cloudy eye. He was off to the right when I spotted this composition and decided to stop, frame and wait as there was a good chance he would make his way into the shot.

Leopards like to walk up covered mounds and hills as they are vantage points from which to survey while remaining hidden so this mound was a prime candidate. Question was even if he did walk into the frame, would he stop and allow any form of workable image. The fact that he stopped and also looked in several directions including this one straight at me was one of those rare moments when a pre visualised wildlife shot came true.”

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Thanks to everybody who shared their images this week!  Awesome to see so many great images from all across the globe.

Make sure to check out the Wild Eye Facebook page for more images and stay tuned for the next Be Inspired By theme!

Until next time.


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Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at or follow my journey on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter a look forward to changing the way you see the world.  I also host a Wildlife Photography Podcast and I Vlog!

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  1. Joni Munsterteiger

    Holy crap! Thanks for choosing one of my images! I am in total shock– once again almost too scared to put anything in– thank you!

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      Gerry van der Walt

      Thanks for sharing your images Joni. It might not be a Big 5 animal but the composition and story in the frame is amazing! Oh, and like I said before, never be afraid to share your images!! 🙂

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  2. Jackie Downey

    Wow! Just seen that you included my Laikipia elephant shot here! Thank you so much, we spent some time with this herd – watching them forage, the youngsters playing and also watching/learning how to dig up the grass roots. Then they all walked away from us onto the plains, so we let them go…. only to see this amazing light come on to them – so we stayed with them for a bit longer! it was a lovely afternoon! Thanks again!

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