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Meet the South African teenager capturing award-winning wildlife images

Meet the South African teenager capturing award-winning wildlife images

If you were to ask a photographer the recipe for the perfect shot, you’ll likely get a list of ingredients that include time of day, lighting, framing and a dash of luck. South African wildlife photographer Skye Meaker sees things differently.

“For me, the perfect shot is one where I feel as if I’m not really there. It’s one where the animal is comfortable enough to behave as if I’m not there,” says Meaker. “I like to feel immersed in the moment and capture nature at its most natural.”

And after countless photos, Meaker nabbed his version of the perfect shot when he was just 17 — featuring a leopard he calls “Limpy” that he had been following for many years and holds a special place in his heart. “I’ve grown alongside her,” he says.

Skye Meaker's award winning photography

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Skye Meaker's picture of Limpy, aka the "Lounging Leopard," won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in 2018. "She is the calmest leopard around vehicles that I've ever seen," Meaker says. "She lets you get really close to her, which is how I managed to show the peace that she must have felt at that moment in time, just as she woke up."

That image, titled “Lounging Leopard,” won Meaker the 2018 Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, hosted by the Natural History Museum in London.

Meaker, now 19, began photographing wildlife at the age of seven on frequent family trips to local game reserves and nature parks. “As a youngster, I was always fascinated by my dad’s camera and how it could make the things I saw in front of me magically turn into a picture that you could look at on a tiny screen. I remember constantly asking him if I could take pictures with his camera,” he explains. “My parents eventually decided to give me a little camera which I referred to as the ‘pocket rocket.'”

Ten years later, after plenty of practice and patience, he would capture his award-winning image. Meaker says winning the prize has changed his life in more ways than one.

“I’ve been able to tell my story at the World Economic Forum in both Davos, Switzerland and in my home country of South Africa. I’ve been able to share my passions in photography and wildlife with the world,” Meaker says.

“I would hope my future would be something where I can take my own family to the bush and give them the chance to fall in love with nature, just like how my parents have done for me,” he adds. “I would like to give my children an opportunity to understand and see for themselves the beautiful nature that I love and appreciate.”


Daryl Brown at CNN

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“We understand that educating the citizens of this planet is only path towards sustainability.” -Kyle Michaud

Kyle Michaud explores the necessary changes society needs to make, in order to preserve and protect the planet. He discusses sustainability as it applies to businesses, products, and everyday life. Michaud gives reasonable suggestions for simple adjustments that will lead to a healthier world. This book will assist consumers in choosing safe and environmentally-friendly items, as well as understanding the advantages of living green.

Agent H2O is on a mission, chased by his evil nemesis, Scummy Pollution. Will Agent H2O reach thirsty plants and animals in time?

Follow along on his zany romp through the water cycle, as he changes disguises from a liquid drop to vapor, then to an ice crystal. The science is accurate and S.T.E.M. based. The message is important: an eco-friendly lifestyle, reduction of pollution, and water conservation. These concepts are offered in a character-driven adventure, a funny plot, and award-winning illustrations. This story will bring a smile to grown-ups and kids.

What if humanity could start all over again? In a future not so far away, a diverse group of carefully selected people are sent to Gaya, a planet very much like Earth. They want to build a better world: free of war, pollution, racism, and greed. The settlers find a paradise of undisturbed nature – but they soon meet unknown dangers, poisonous plants, and aggressive animals. And above all, they have to deal with each other: a bunch of people with different ideas and desires, memories and individual quirks. And not everyone is willing to follow the rules.

A motley crew of saboteurs wreak outrageous havoc on the corporations destroying America’s Western wilderness in this classic, comic extravaganza.

When George Washington Hayduke III returns home from war in the jungles of Southeast Asia, he finds the unspoiled West he once knew has been transformed. The pristine lands and waterways are being strip mined, dammed up, and paved over by greedy government hacks and their corrupt corporate coconspirators. And the manic, beer-guzzling, rabidly antisocial ex-Green Beret isn’t just getting mad. Hayduke plans to get even.

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On the Web This Week, 26 September

On the Web This Week, 26 September

On the web this week, photography contest finalists & winners, how the video game industry is addressing climate change, and South Africa’s oldest tortoise turns 109!

Picture credit:  Dharshie Wissah/2019 Ciwem environmental photographer of the year

The Guardian brings us this picture gallery, as SL Shanth Kumar has won Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2019 for his image of homes battered by flooding in Mumbai. This year’s winners were revealed alongside the UN climate summit in New York.

Picture credit: Wild Shots Outreach

Nineteen-year-old Kgaugelo Neville Ngomane has won a prestigious environmental photographic competition. Ngomane’s powerful image of a rhino dehorning, titled Desperate Measures, was picked from more than 4,000 international entries by the judges who commended its storytelling and photographic merit. The judges said: “When his photo flashed up on screen, there was a sharp intake of breath around the judging room; it’s such a powerful image.”

Picture credit: Peter Haygarth/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have chosen their finalists for 2019. Vote for the Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award here to stand a chance to win an iPad!

Picture credit: eNCA/Neil Raath

Admiral the tortoise, Durban’s living legend, turned 109 years old on Tuesday. eThekwini Municipality and residents celebrated the 109 years of his life with a fitting birthday celebration and gifts in the form of fruits and vegetables.

Picture credit: Nafisa Akabor

Planning on buying a new car this year? You may want to consider one of the top 10 most environmentally friendly cars on sale in South Africa.

Picture credit: Pixabay

Some of the biggest names in the video games industry, with a combined audience of 970 million players, have formally committed to harness the power of their platforms to take action in response to the climate crisis. Combined, these commitments from 21 companies will result in a 30 million tonne reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030, will see millions of trees planted, new “green nudges” in game design and improvements to energy management, packaging, and device recycling.

Picture credit: Julian Bailey

And finally, from Metal Hammer, if you’re a fan of loud music, you may want to check out these 5 furious bands fighting back for the environment.

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