Heaven on Earth
The giraffes arrived at the waterhole after sunset, and stopped to drink alongside a black rhino. In the fading light, only their reflected silhouettes were visible. Inspired to capture the dreamy atmosphere but avoid ‘just another sunset shot’, Marina flipped the image to show the animals the right way up, adding intrigue to the scene. Drinking at a waterhole is risky business for giraffes. Their awkward stature – front legs splayed and neck stooped – leaves them vulnerable to attack from predators. As a precaution they often drink in groups, taking turns to keep watch. Giraffes need only drink every few days, getting most of their moisture from the plants they eat.
Canon EOS-1D X + 16-35mm f2.8 lens at 30mm; 1/160 sec at f5.6; ISO 1000.
Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park, Namibia
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Marina Cano, Spain
Marina began taking pictures of nature at a young age, and became a professional photographer at 17. She has published several books – including Cabarceno , Drama and Intimacy, and Babies of the Wild – and her work has been exhibited in South Africa, Spain, England, Korea and Cuba. Marina joined the Canon Ambassador Team as a Canon Explorer in Wildlife in 2015.