WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010

Behaviour: Mammals

Andrew Schoeman, South Africa

Lion and his little nipper

'Despite years in the bush, I have not seen many male lions who were tolerant of their cubs,' says Andrew. 'This male, however, was an exception.' His pride - 20 lionesses and their cubs - had spent the day asleep under an acacia tree in the Serengeti, Tanzania. He, meanwhile, had rested a distance away. Watching the cubs wake up and start to play, he began to walk over to join them. One cub ran out to meet him but then jumped at his hindquarters and sunk its claws in. The lion allowed the cub to hang on for a good few paces - giving Andrew the expressive shot he wanted - before finally snarling and shaking it off.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D Mark III + EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens; 1/13 sec at f10 (-1/3 e/v); ISO 100; beanbag.


Kuka Hills, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: latitude -2.33333, longitude 34.8333 Kuka Hills, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: latitude -2.33333, longitude 34.8333

Kuka Hills, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Andrew Schoeman

Andrew Schoeman, South Africa

I am 40 yrs Old, I was a ranger / Field guide in the tourism industry for 12 years I worked in various game reserves in South Africa including the World Famous Sabi Sand Game reserve as well as a Lodge on the Northern boundary of the Serengeti NP in Tanzania for 2 years, I worked for a year in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. I left the bush in 2011 and moved to Nelspruit where I now freelance as a Wildlife Photographic Host and guide taking guests on Photographic Safaris to some of the best Wildlife destinations.

  • Shot in the dark