We had to share this stunning photo with you. Entitled, ‘A night at Deadvlei, in Namibia’, the exquisite African art was captured by photographer Beth McCarley and her exceptional talent scooped her first prize, amongst others, in the National Geographic Photo Contest 2015.
Beth describes how she managed to capture the beautiful shot perfectly;
‘the night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadveli. The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the milky way and Magellanic Clouds. Deadvlei means “dead marsh”. The camel thorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry.’
According to her website, Beth has always had an interest in photography since she was very little but it stepped up after she took a class in film photography and bought a digital camera. She studied photography alongside her degree in theatre and filmmaking, finally focusing on capturing the natural world, wildlife. landscapes and weather.
Beth says the forces of nature often drive where she shoots, especially since she aims for dramatic skies and stormy weather. Her passion for travel has also filled her portfolio with a variety of images from incredible locations all over the world. Beth says she aims to preserve unique moments in time, and she certainly has with this perfect desert still.
Not only did she win the coveted National Geographic prize this year but one of her tornado photos won runner-up in the National Geographic cover image of the September 2012 issue. She has also won first place in a photo competition at Victoria University of Wellington and an honorable mention in a Photographic Society of America competition.
photo credit: Beth McCarley