Meet the South African Teen Capturing

If you were to ask a photographer for the recipe for the perfect shot, you will likely get a list of ingredients including time of day, lighting, framing, and a dash of luck. South African wildlife photographer Skye Meaker sees things differently.

For me, the perfect shot is one where I feel like I’m not really there. It’s one where the animal feels comfortable enough to behave like I’m not there,” says Meaker. “I like to feel immersed in the moment and capture nature in its most natural way.And after countless photos, Meaker caught her version of the perfect shot of her when she was only 17 years old, with a leopard she calls “Limpy” that she had been following for many years and that holds a special place in her heart. “I’ve grown up with her,” she says.

That image, titled “Leopard Resting,” earned Meaker the 2018 Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, presented by the Natural History Museum, London.Meaker, now 19, began photographing wildlife at the age of seven on frequent family trips to local game reserves and nature parks. “When I was young, I was always fascinated by my father’s camera and how he could make the things he saw in front of me magically turn into an image that could be seen on a small screen.

I remember constantly asking him if he could take pictures with his camera, “he explains. “My parents finally decided to give me a little camera that I referred to as the ‘pocket rocket.’If you were to ask a photographer for the recipe for the perfect shot, you’ll likely get an ingredient list that includes the time of day, lighting, framing, and a dash of luck. South African wildlife photographer Skye Meaker sees things differently.

For me, the perfect shot is one where I feel like I’m not really there. It’s one where the animal feels comfortable enough to behave like I’m not there,” says Meaker. “I like to feel immersed in the moment and capture nature in its most natural way. And after countless photos, Meaker captured her version of the perfect shot of her when she was only 17 years old, with a leopard she calls “Limpy” that she had been following for many years and who holds a special place in the heart of her. “I grew up with her,” she says.

 

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