Wildlife Photographers of 2015 includes SA teen & his dad

The Natural History Museum’s 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) has reached Cape Town, and it includes the works of several South Africans among the winners. The opening was attended by the HRH Prince Harry during his visit to South Africa.


The WPY says it champions ethical photography, where images are chosen for their artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world. The categories include mammals, amphibians and reptiles, invertebrates, plants, under water, land, from the sky, urban, details.

Prince Harry attended the opening at the Chavonnes Battery in the V&A Waterfront where he met a young South African, Juan van den Heever of Cape Town, who was a finalist in the 15-17 year old awards for his photograph ‘The Battle of the bee-eater’s’.

Juan Van den Heever's battle of the bee-eaters
Juan’s father, Wim van den Heever, was also a finalist in the mammals section, for his photograph ‘The final leap’, which is of a leopard as it takes down a Springbok in Etosha National Park Namibia. Van den Heever said he got the shot after trailing the leopard for three days.


The exhibition at the V&A Waterfront is on until April 2016. Entries for the 2016 competition open on 4 January 2016.