Frank and Catriona Borman

I am a farmer from Mashonaland East, so as you might guess I live for the outdoors. I am known to spend as much time as possible in the African bush, preferably with my wife Catriona, who works at one of our great schools in Marondera. We share a love for the bush and are both very keen photographers. We spend hours driving around or just sitting at a waterhole in the hope of seeing something worth a picture. We like exploring new and interesting places, always with cameras in hand.

How I Got the Shot: “Shadow Mate”

I got this shot in May 2017 when we were in Hwange, one of our favourite National Parks in Zimbabwe. We were being spoilt by WEZ with a photographic prize at the Little Makololo Lodge in the Wilderness Safari Area just past Ngweshla.

We had seen a young lion following a herd of buffalos - ever hopeful, but being alone he was very nervous and was stalking but without the needed zest. As we were sitting watching him we noticed a troop of baboons, very nervous and mindful of the lion in their midst.

How I Got the Shot – Painted Reed Frog at Rest

With no travel planned over December, and the Mashonaland Photographic Society deadline looming, I realised I needed to get out and about and make a concerted effort to take some sort of photograph to submit.

I wandered around the garden for hours, looking for insects and bugs. I managed to find a couple of possible entries but nothing that really felt like it would catch the judges’ attention. I also used this time to get to know the Nikon D4 as opposed to the Nikon D7100 I normally use.

GEOLOGY: Walking in the Footprints of Dinosaurs

Discovered by Dr Ali Ait-Kaci, it is the first giant Sauropod footprint found in sub-Saharan Africa. From its massive dimensions of 96 centimetres and absence of the crescent-shaped characteristics of the front legs these are believed to be from the rear legs of Brachiosaurus, a plant eating dinosaur that is thought to have weighed around fifty tonnes.