A series of images celebrating the different faces of Namibia.

Winning Location

Issue 5 (November 2009)

Namibia is a photographer’s dream – that is no secret – but even we were surprised when we saw the latest Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. No fewer than six of the winning shots in 2008 were taken in Namibia, with more in 2009. Here are our favourites.

Making light work
Issue 4 (May 2009) Steve Bloom grew up in Cape Town, emigrating to the UK when he was 24 years old. In 1990 he returned to southern Africa and has built a collection of pictures which trace his love affair with the continent. His inventive use of light in photography is particularly apparent in his animal portraits, and we’ve chosen some of our favourites to profile over the following pages. He says, “Africa for me is like a love lost, but always re-found. It brings joy and pain that remain forever within me. Each time I return, my senses rediscover this land – the tingle of dust in my nostrils and the raw smell of earth when the first rains fall. The warm glowing light of the morning and the vast open spaces draw me back again and again to try to capture, in photographic image, the spirit of the land and the many people and animals who live in it”.
Taking a different view
Issue 3 (November 2008) Award-winning photographer George Steinmetz has spent 20 years flying high over Africa strapped  in a flimsy motorised paraglider, taking pictures that are difficult to obtain on the ground. He says: “There is a magic to Africa — its sounds and smells, the wonderfully positive spirit of its people and, of course, the unparalleled beauty and expanse of its landscape”. His new book, African Air, contains many images of Namibia that capture that beauty; views that have rarely, if ever, been photographed before.
Kalahari dreaming
Issue 2 (May 2008) Deep in the heart of the Kalahari Desert a herd of springbok are spooked by a light aircraft overhead.
Dawn chorus
Issue 1 (November 2007) As the first rays of light break the horizon, the gates of Sossusvlei National Park open and a few cars trickle through.


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