Ng Wymin started his adventure in wildlife photography seven years ago, following the late YY Chin, retired banker and ardent photographer, to the wilds in Africa.
Armed with a beginner camera initially, he soon developed a love for wildlife.
He has vivid memories of the gorillas in Rwanda, where the volcanic range which spans Rwanda, Uganda and the democratic republic of the Congo, is home to the endangered mountain gorilla.
Ng is also fascinated with scenes of the great wildebeest migration in Kenya, often referred to as the world cup of wildlife.
The wildebeests cross from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, and head out to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya, after crossing the Mara River.
Just before the passing of the late YY, Ng had gone with him and another retired banker, BH Lim, to photograph tigers in the Ranthambore National Park in India.
Below are some of Ng’s photographs, captured at different and often, unpredictable moments.
1. Spotted Hyenas – Drinking Buddies
A memorable shot taken in the Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana, last year was of two hyenas drinking together and looking straight into the lens.
“One can still see the sprinkle of water on their faces while they were slurping at the water,’’ said Ng, who had taken the picture from a cabin with a window for photo shooting.
2. Leopard – Spot the Move
Ng got this shot of a leopard at the Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa, while the leopard was out hunting and mindful of a spotted hyena following him.
Though the spotted hyenas, the most popular of the three series, are the smaller animals, they usually attack in a group and have a strong and ferocious bite.
“This leopard had a worried look. We followed him for a while … in the safari, one has to be patient,’’ said Ng.
It was a special trip for Ng to Mala Mala last year, as he had flown there with his business partners and families, and stayed in a luxurious lodge.
3. Wildebeests – The Exodus
It was in 2016 that Ng went to Masai Mara in Kenya, to see the great migration of wilderbeests in the famed Mara River crossings.
“It was quite spectacular .. the action, the noise, the dust .. the experience of it all. It was like watching an orchestra,’’ recalled Ng, who had waited quietly and patiently for six days before he managed to see this great event.
In Masai Mara alone, there appears to be 1.7 million wilderbeests; they cross the Mara River as they see storms in the horizon, and they follow the rains, knowing that grass grows after that.
4. African Buffaloes – Herd Immunity
On the way back to the lodge, Ng stumbled upon a herd of buffaloes at sundown.
He managed to capture a photograph of them right from the front of the herd, by driving very fast to the front and shooting from there.
“They were walking back slowly,’’ he said, adding that this was at Mala Mala last year. “We sat there for half an hour, waiting for about 1,000 of them to pass our vehicle.’’
5. Tiger – Big Yawn
Ng had just converted from the Canon to Leica brand for his camera in 2018 when he caught this yawning shot of a tiger in the Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.
“Tigers are the most attractive of all the big cats and this Leica shot of the tiger has been one of the most beautiful,’’ said Ng.
One of the biggest national parks in northern India, people come to watch the Royal Bengal tiger in action.
This is an initial batch of wildlife photographs for sale in aid of Gem & Bread.
In time to come, Ng hopes to bring out more of such photographs and get the sustained interest of people who are willing to donate for a good cause.
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