Portfolio 8 Travel Namibia Winninglocation An exhibition of winning shots is currently touring the UK, sponsored by BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum. For details type ' Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition' into the search engine of the Natural History Museum ¦ www. nhm. ac. uk 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.
Travel Namibia 9 BOTTLE IN THE WIND BY KOOS VAN DER LENDE At fi rst, the vast plain looked empty. Flat, dry and windswept, it stretched some 75km between the Kuiseb canyon and the Walvis Bay road in Namibia's Namib- Naukluft National Park. Then Koos noticed a lone tree, stubby and stubborn in the gravel. " I set up four big refl ector boards with stands and used a compass to plot exactly where the sun would set," he says. " The wind was blowing exceptionally hard, but it didn't bother the tree, which has grown leaning with the wind." Bottle trees survive in such hostile places by storing water and nutrients in their trunks. " I was just so amazed that this empty, barren world could be home to this fat, happy little tree."