Award winning photography by Lee Slabber

We're honoured to have the opportunity to interview Lee Slabber - who recently won awards in Natures Best Photography 2016 competition.  Find out more about Lee and what makes him love Noordhoek so much.

Congratulations on your winning images as part of the Natures Best Photography 2016 awards - please can you tell us what made you enter?

I have been photographing wildlife and landscapes for many years and it is always nice to see how your peers view your images. Actually, a few years back I won the African category of this competition, when it was hosted by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. The category became so popular, worldwide, that it was split into many categories and became a competition on its own.

Am I right that you won more than one award? I see on the website when I did a search of your images there is more than one? 

That is correct, I was also second runner up in the Mammal portraits category with an image of a baby gorilla swinging from the branches in the Ugandan rainforests.

What was your favourite image and why? 

It was a panned image of a Wild Dog in full sprint, taken by Hannes Lochner . Technically, extremely difficult to capture but the lighting, background and sense of movement that this image conveyed is pure art and an example of technical brilliance.

We are doing a feature on Art in Noordhoek for our July newsletter - please tell us how you got into Art and what your favourite subjects are? Do you only focus on photography? 

I spent many years travelling but could never really capture the essence of the places that I was visiting and the beauty of the landscapes. On one trip to Bali, I bit the bullet and bought a DSLR camera where a friend of mine, Garyth Bevan (also a Noordhoek resident and photography lecturer) taught me all the basics of photography. From then on I was hooked. I only focus on photography and other than wildlife, I love shooting land and seascapes and have many beautiful images of our lovely beaches and rocky shores.

Tell us about living in Noordhoek? What do you enjoy most about it?

I have been a Noordhoek resident for the past 17 years. Living in the Sleepy Hollow area, I just love driving past the common every day and seeing the horses filling the fields. Noordhoek has a real sense of community about it and still boasts a rural feel. My cappuccino from the Village Roast has become a daily ritual for me.

What tips do you have for budding photographers?

Like anything in life, the more you work at something the better you become. We have so much to photograph in and around Noordhoek that there should be little excuse for anyone interested in photography to keep their camera close at bay and to keep shoot at any opportunity.

What's your next project?

I have been working on a series of images, of Noordhoek beach, taken from a number of different vantage points and elevations at different times of the year. I am hoping to have this collection completed by the end of the year. This project has really illustrated just how photogenic and unique this beach is.

Thank you for taking the time to chat to us, Lee! We wish you all the best in your future projects.