Hwange's Silhouetted Giants

PhotographerRussell Johnson
Prize3rd Place in Nature / Wildlife
Entry Description

As the final drops of moisture are squeezed from the atmosphere, the seasonal pans have emptied and the food sources diminished, Hwange's elephant population await the rains. In this arid landscape of North West Zimbabwe, their journey between the last remaining water sources and feeding grounds push their large frames to the limits. As the herds come to quench their thirst, they appear as ghostly silhouettes through the parched and dusty sands of the Kalahari.

About Photographer

Russell has a natural sense of adventure and has been fortunate to travel and live across the world. Having lived and worked in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, he has experienced diverse cultures, geographies and wildlife, which he conveys through his photography. Photographing African Wildlife is Russell's main passion. Having worked in Botswana's Okavango Delta and Zambia's Luangwa Valley, he now uses his knowledge and experience to capture the diverse flora and fauna of Southern Africa. A true escape from life in London, Russell tries to spend at least four weeks a year on safari. Russell leads private photographic safaris to Botswana, where he shares his photographic knowledge.