Photo of the Day Contest
Zambezi Stretch by Etienne Oosthuizen
Tuesday, 12th July 2011

Zambezi Stretch

by Etienne Oosthuizen

Every year the winter thorn tree drop hundreds of valuable pod onto the Zambezi flood plane, which feeds the numerous inhabitant through the winder months, this particular elephant could not wait for the pods to fall.
Equipment: Canon 50D and 70-200 f2.8
Etienne Oosthuizen
Etienne is a professional guide with an invaluable enthusiasm for wildlife photography.  A born and bred Zimbabwean and having grown up on a tobacco farm, he has always been exposed to the great outdoors. His guiding career started at an early age during his school holidays, with canoeing trips down the Zambezi, but then became his profession in South Africa.  Now with more than 8 years experience in 5 countries, and with many hours spent behind a camera, Etienne has been published in local & international magazines and newspapers.  His photographs have also done well in a variety of competitions he has entered in, with 2010 being a particularly notable year, winning the Canon and Africa Geographic competition for May 2010 as well as being a semi-finalist in the 2010 Windland Smith Rice international photography competition. 

Zambezi Stretch by Etienne Oosthuizen was photo of the day on Tuesday, 12th July 2011. It is tagged . You can leave a comment below.


12th July 2011 at 2:04 am

What an awesome shot! I’m very excited to be heading to Africa this week and hope I can get something close to this great photo!

12th July 2011 at 2:35 am

What an amazing shot-sort of an animal portrait candid, nearly…. beautifully framed and wonderful almost-three dimensional color!

12th July 2011 at 2:54 am

That is one of my favorites ever. Very well done.


12th July 2011 at 3:57 am

Great capture! Very unique shot.


12th July 2011 at 4:04 am

Wonderful shot!

julie schmidt

12th July 2011 at 4:07 am

I can’t quit looking at this picture. Wonderful shot Etienne.

Rashid Mukoon

12th July 2011 at 7:21 am

Right moment,right place,excellent capture,i just call it the dance of the elephant,thanks.

Rashid Mukoon

12th July 2011 at 7:21 am

Right moment,right place,excellent capture,i just call it the dance of the elephant,thanks.


12th July 2011 at 8:06 am


12th July 2011 at 8:37 am

Wonderful moment!

12th July 2011 at 8:40 am

Thank you everybody for the comments, and thank you Earth shots for choosing my image for today …

Tilana Stander

12th July 2011 at 8:55 am

Well done! It is one of those photographs that you keep on going back to look at! Great shot!

Hannes Thirion

12th July 2011 at 9:33 am

Great image Etienne.

gregg darling

12th July 2011 at 9:47 am

Super shot.

michael van staden (RSA)

12th July 2011 at 10:11 am

brilliant – well done Ettienne!!

Md. Akhlas Uddin

12th July 2011 at 11:04 am

Great Shot!

12th July 2011 at 11:26 am

A cute picture. Thanks for the explanation.

Marie Dunphy Harding

12th July 2011 at 12:13 pm

This is a ‘brings a smile’ shot. Is that how he balances, with his back legs askewed ?


12th July 2011 at 12:53 pm

A great shot, love the elephant,one day I would love to see wild life like this, you were there at the right time. thank you for sharing.

Aloke Sahu

12th July 2011 at 1:30 pm

Haha this makes me smile :) . Great photograph!


12th July 2011 at 1:40 pm

Love it!

Hüseyin kanarya

12th July 2011 at 1:52 pm

A wonderful image

12th July 2011 at 1:53 pm

A hilarious yet poignant image! Congrats…

Helen Hart

12th July 2011 at 2:18 pm

What a picture! Talk about a STRETCH….


12th July 2011 at 2:21 pm

I love this picture! Such a great shot of the elephant, getting a treat from the tree.


12th July 2011 at 2:42 pm

What an interesting and funny shot of this elephant. Great timing and awesome capture.

C. Fitzgerald

12th July 2011 at 3:15 pm

Fab shot !!

mary blankenship

12th July 2011 at 3:21 pm

Nice shot,looks like he’s really going for something good.

12th July 2011 at 3:37 pm

I was given a small wooden box with elephant carvings which sits on my coffee table, when I saw this….what a great gift you were given with this amazing shot!! Etienne. hope you don’t mind if I print it to frame. God Bless you for sharing this …still in awe…..Linda : * )

12th July 2011 at 5:32 pm

Congrats bud! Well done on this one…

12th July 2011 at 7:17 pm

Humorous and unique pose and in such a wonderful setting, lighting-wise. Delighted to see it as POTD! Congratalations!

12th July 2011 at 10:07 pm

It’s like a kid with the cookie jar. Even elephants need to learn patience. Great photo :)

13th July 2011 at 7:59 am

this image is brilliant. unique and technically well captured

13th July 2011 at 9:51 am

Very nice capture; well done.

Graciela Díaz

15th July 2011 at 8:53 pm

Good timing !!!


16th July 2011 at 3:41 pm

That’s great Etienne, proud of you!. I love to see the wild life through your eyes and camera!

20th July 2011 at 6:52 am


Krisnendu Sar

20th July 2011 at 8:30 am

What a lovely capture. Excellent POV and exposure too. Congratulations.

21st July 2011 at 4:45 pm

Wow, what a great capture!! Really Love it :-)

23rd July 2011 at 5:35 am

This is amazing! The elephant almost looks dainty.

subrata bhattacharya

28th July 2011 at 7:34 am

Great shot. This is one of my favourite. Congratz!


31st July 2011 at 1:44 pm

Great shot.right place at the right time. excellent POV.

Pat Slade

14th March 2012 at 4:14 am

Hello, I found this photo posted on Pinterest, and re-pinned it to a Board I created called “Beautiful Animals”. I believed all the things on Pinterest to be public domain, but I just read online tonight that people using Pinterest might be infringing on copyrights. So, I looked closer at the photo and found this link listed on the bottom of the photo. Does the link appearing on the photo give you credit for the photo? Do you mind that this photo is on Pinterest? Do you mind that I re-pinned it? I would like to know. If you feel that a copyright infringement has been made, I will be glad to delete the photo. Thanks. Beautiful photo, by the way!

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