WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010

Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species

Greg du Toit, South Africa

Golden forest rhino

Greg's long-held ambition has been to photograph the critically endangered black rhino in a forest habitat. His trip to Lake Nakuru, Kenya, had an inauspicious start when he dropped his lens, losing the zoom and VR (vibration-reduction) functions. And his subject - renowned for being shy - completely eluded him. On the last day, at first light, he went for the last time into the ancient fever-tree forest. It was then that he finally spotted what he'd been waiting for, browsing on a fallen tree. 'I was shaking with excitement,' he confesses, 'which posed a problem without VR, and the forest was so dark that my shutter speed sank.' His old beanbag came to the rescue as a prop for his lens, enabling him finally to capture the magnificent animal in the golden light of dawn.

Technical specification

Nikon D300 + 80-400mm lens; 1/60 sec at f5.6; ISO 400; beanbag.


Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley, Kenya: latitude -0.30712, longitude 36.1097 Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley, Kenya: latitude -0.30712, longitude 36.1097

Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley, Kenya

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Greg du Toit

Greg du Toit, South Africa

Born in South Africa, Greg was passionate about wildlife from a young age. After studying nature conservation, he worked as a wilderness guide, an experience that proved invaluable when he became a professional wildlife photographer. His pictures have been exhibited and published worldwide to international acclaim, and his many awards include Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013.

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