Wildlife imagery is what got me interested in art in the first place. When I was a small child of about 4 or 5, my parents had one of these calendars with a striking photo portrait of an animal for every month, and I remember the one month it was a leopard – the animal that always remained my very favourite. My brother and I were sitting on the floor, drawing, while my mother was busy elsewhere in the house, and I remember I struggled to draw this leopard from the photo, but I had such a fervent desire to succeed that I became quite frustrated with the task.

Since then, I first took up watercolours, and then my dad’s point and shoot on safari trips through southern Africa, which is where my love for nature and travel photography was born.

This little darling I captured in the Kruger National Park in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. It has won first prize in the black and white category of a small photo competition, and I think I received a memory card or an usb stick as a prize.

About the picture itself there is little to say. A Burchell’s Zebra foal sheltering by its mother somewhere in the African bush. What (that is not a lion) could be more iconic?