Lunchtime rush 2

PhotographerDoug Gimesy
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Lunchtime rush: After moving slowly towards a small waterhole for a drink and some relief from the midday heat in drought-stricken Etosha National Park (Namibia), wildebeest, springbok and zebra are suddenly startled into a stampede when they detect two lions waiting quietly in the nearby grass. 

This cautious approach followed by a startled retreat occurred about six times over a three hour period and no one got a drink nor the lions a meal.

About Photographer

“Wildlife images are one of the most powerful ways we have of engaging people in the natural world” – Sir David Attenborough. Because of this, I share most of my photographs with not-for-profit organisations whose values and goals closely align with mine, such as WWF, Australian Conservation Foundation and National Geographic – organisations who want to inspire people and communities to discover, value and protect the natural world. I initially trained as a zoologist, and then later in bioethics with one of the greats Peter Singer. After many years in healthcare marketing, now in addition to conservation photography, I run a science/environmentally focused communication consultancy called The Framing Effect, whose aim is to help people influence more effectively, both with words and with images. I am also currently a senior critic for the worlds largest curated photo community (1x.com), a governor of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Australia, and part time during semester, I teach Science Communication and Marketing Ethics at the University of Melbourne. You can also find some of my conservation and wildlife photography on Facebook on Instagram. I infrequently post on Pintrest and Twitter, however I am there if interested. My hope is that the images, information and skills I share, will help engage people to care more, and so behave differently, towards the world around them.