A picture taken by a wildlife photographer can achieve many ends. The photographer can feel a sense of accomplishment, especially if its capture involved significant planning followed by hard work in the field. Sometimes, the opportunity fortuitously presents itself and the photographer happens to be in the right place and makes the most of the moment in time. The above examples, although both different in their formative processes, typically result in, amongst a raft of other emotions, a feeling of happiness for the photographer. This is, of course, beneficial to the individual that captured the frame! Moving beyond the individual, viewers of a special capture can also be particularly moved by a piece, and this is one of the more important by-products of wildlife photography – generating an emotional response, which may have the nett effect of creating a push to conserve a species in peril. We are sure you would agree that this is one of the most worthy end points for a single image – driving conservation. Although there are many complexities relating to how powerful a conservation response a particular image may generate, it is nevertheless an important point to consider when taking photographs of wildlife.  
We have selected images of a few iconic species in this mailer, all of which can be photographed on tours with ORYX. A guest’s image may remain in a private collection, never to be seen by the outside world. Or, it may make it out and be viewed by the public, generating discussion and in some special cases, driving change. Regardless of what happens to a guests images, each participant on an ORYX tour is assisting in the conservation of some key areas and species simply by virtue of their participation. Conservation is a priority and core value of ORYX Photo Tours, and to date, our contributions have totalled close to US$145,000. We would like to thank our guests who have travelled with us and in so doing have contributed to the ORYX Conservation Fund, and look forward to making a bigger difference in the future.

The new dawn will come. In the meantime
Marius Coetzee & The ORYX Team
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Thank you to all who participated in our #escapetheisolation photo competition. Each week we explored different photography themes - Black & White, Night-time, Life Indoors and Light & Shadows. We received a wonderful selection of images taken in places of isolation from all around the world. After much time spent going through each submission, our judges Marius Coetzee, Penny Robartes and Kirsten Frost have finally selected an overall winner! 
"Backyard Barrels to Escape the Isolation. Let’s dream of surfing. 
Stay home, stay safe, surf later."

Daniel Bailey's creative and out-of-the-box concept stood out and ticked a variety of elements for the judges. Daniel managed to successfully create a unique image with both technical and creative aspects, while perfectly linking his concept to the Night-Time theme. As the winner of ORYX's #escapetheisolation photo competition, Daniel wins a complimentary Snow Leopard Photo Expedition worth US$5,500!

Congratulations from the ORYX Team!

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram next week to hear more about how this image was created. Thank you again to all who shared their images with us. May you continue to stay inspired!

A selection of inspiring images of iconic species from around the globe.

Mountain Gorilla, Rwanda
By Marius Coetzee
Shutter speed: 1/320sec | Aperture: f/5 | ISO: 2000 | EV: -1.3

King Penguins, South Georgia Island
By Dale Morris
Shutter speed: 1/1000sec | Aperture: f/8| ISO: 800 | EV: +2/3

Leopard, Botswana
By Penny Robartes
Shutter speed: 1/2500| Aperture: f/5.6 | ISO: 800

Lion, South Africa
By Kirsten Frost
Shutter speed: 1/80sec| Aperture: f/4 | ISO: 3200

Polar Bear, Svalbard
By Ole J Liodden
Shutter speed: 1/600 sec | Aperture: f/5.6 | ISO: 1600 | EV: +2/3

Indri, Madagascar
By Dale Morris
Shutter speed: 1/200 sec| Aperture: f/4 | ISO: 640 | EV: -2/3

Tiger, India
By Marius Coetzee
Shutter speed: 1/200sec | Aperture: f/8 | ISO: 400 | EV: -1/3

Elephants, Kenya
By Kirsten Frost
Shutter speed: 1/1250sec| Aperture: f/16| ISO: 400 

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