WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Behaviour: Mammals

John Mullineux, South Africa

Spring release

John waited patiently, never taking his eyes off the animals at the waterhole. Drought had heightened tensions in Kruger National Park and if he was lucky, he would be able to capture a crocodile attack. Wish granted, the crocodile suddenly exploded out of the water attacking the impala in the briefest of moments.

With lightning speed, the impala elude the reptile’s jaws, using their incredible acrobatic skills to escape. When alarmed, these mammals have been known to leap up to three metres in the air and can travel nine metres in a single bound – perfect for escaping a hungry crocodile.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV; 100–400mm f4.5–5.6 lens; 1/2000 sec at f5.6; ISO 400.

Kruger National Park, South Africa: latitude -23.98859, longitude 31.554579 Kruger National Park, South Africa: latitude -23.98859, longitude 31.554579

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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John Mullineux

John Mullineux, South Africa

John is a process engineer by training and production manager by trade - however, his heart has always been in nature and art. What started as his childhood's annual family holidays turned into regular solo voyages into the natural environments of South Africa. Nothing calms or excites him quite like extended time in a national park.