Monthly Archives: October, 2013

Awards evening at the WPY 2013

I’m am both thrilled and honoured to announce that my image, “Sticky Situation” has won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 award for Bird Behaviour.

In my industry of wildlife photography, this is the highest honour bestowed from the leaders in wildlife photography, BBC wildlife and the Natural History Museum in London.

Photography is art and thus very subjective. What is beautiful to one person does not necessary strike an emotional cord with another. But, if you do photography for your own enjoyment, regardless of what anyone else thinks, then you’re on the right track.



Purchase Isak’s winning photo


Isak Pretorius would like to offer you the unique opportunity to purchase a 1/50 limited edition print of his Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 award winning photo, “Sticky Situation”. The prints are hand autographed, numbered with a letter of authenticity, and can be printed to an number of different sizes on either canvas, matte fine art paper or textured glossy art paper. This photo received the highest honour for a bird behaviour photograph in wildlife photography’s most prestigious competition in 2013. The photo recorded an unusual moment in nature and has been described as “a striking composition that evoke real emotions” by the judges.



– US$ 550 per print
– The cost includes prints made up to A0 (1189 x 841mm) in size
– The cost includes shipping to any international destination




BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Lesser Noddy, Seychelles | 1/500 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1600 | 1D Mark IV + 70-200mmf/2.8 | Av, -1 ev


I’m very honoured and proud to announce that my photo won the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for the Bird Behaviour category. It was a wonderful night for all South Africans with many winners – well done to all!



Top 10 tips for wildlife photography beginners

So you recently bought your first DSLR camera and lens, booked a photographic safari and are ready to photograph a whole coffee table book of stunning wildlife photographs in one trip! The only problem is that you think the “P” stands for Professional and the “A” for Amateur on the camera dial! Here are my top 10 tips for any beginner photographer.


1. Focus on the eye

The viewer’s attention is always drawn to the eye of the subject. This is the strongest element in your photo that needs to be well illuminated and importantly, IN FOCUS. It’s the element that gives “life” to the subject. The closer you are to an animal the more important this becomes as the depth of focus increases (levels of focus on a subject). Use a single autofocus point and move it to eye of the subject while maintain your striking composition.

Lion, Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya | 1/1000 sec at f/4, ISO 400 | 1D Mark IV + 600mmf/4 | Av, 0 ev