WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Winner 2010

Behaviour: Mammals

Bridgena Barnard, South Africa

The moment

'Today, as it's Christmas Day, we'll photograph a cheetah kill,' Bridgena announced to her family. They promptly fell about laughing. They had, after all, spent five days watching a trio of cheetahs in South Africa's Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park without seeing any activity. But Bridgena had discovered that the cheetah brothers had a favourite watch-out dune and a routine. By driving out at dawn to the spot, she hoped to be in position before rather than after any hunt. It was a good call. The cheetahs were positioned up on the dune, only the tops of their heads visible. When a trail of springbok passed by below, the brothers ignored the adults. But the moment a young springbok appeared, they sprinted after it, one heading it off, one tripping it up and the third making the kill. Within ten seconds it was over. The cheetahs had their meal and Bridgena had a phenomenal shot.

Technical specification

Nikon D700 + 500mm f4 lens + 1.7 converter; 1/4000 sec at f6.7; ISO 1600.


Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kalahari desert, South Africa: latitude -25.439894, longitude 20.902977 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kalahari desert, South Africa: latitude -25.439894, longitude 20.902977

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kalahari desert, South Africa


Bridgena Barnard, South Africa