AMAZING SHOT: Alison Langevad, who lives in Airlie Beach, won a National Geographic competition for this shot.
AMAZING SHOT: Alison Langevad, who lives in Airlie Beach, won a National Geographic competition for this shot. Alison Langevad Photography

Snapper wins peer accolade

SPECTACULAR is a pretty good way to describe Airlie Beach photographer Alison Langevad's shot of two buffalo. The photo, taken on a private game reserve in South Africa, won National Geographic's Top Shot competition earlier this month.

"It's a regular thing for photographers around the world," Ms Langevad said.

"People actually vote for your photo, so it's nice to get some recognition."

The night time photo was taken at the Zimanga Private Game Reserve in South Africa.

Ms Langevad said state of the art photography hides had been set up on the property for photographers.

"You're behind glass and it's all set up with beds, kitchenette and a toilet," she said. "Once they start drinking that's generally when they hold still."

The Airlie Beach resident was in South Africa in March and April this year taking photos of wildlife.

"It's gobsmacking - especially the rhino because they're so rare to see," Ms Langevad said. "It's something you can't experience anywhere else."

Ms Langevad is a personal trainer in Airlie Beach and has only been taking photography seriously for about three years.

"It was actually my retirement plan," she said.

"It's just happening quicker than I thought - I'm now only part time at work."

Although in Airlie Beach there are no giraffes, Ms Langevad is into sports photography.


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