WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2013

Nature in Black and White

Andrew Schoeman, South Africa

Shot in the dark

On a night drive in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa, Andrew began following two male lions on patrol. From his vehicle, he watched them as they walked at a leisurely pace, scent-marking, investigating smells they came across and, every so often, stopping to listen. The pair eventually settled in a small clearing in the bush, all the while alert to the night sounds. Andrew wanted to capture the intense expression of one of the lions, but it was only when the headlights of an approaching vehicle illuminated part of its face that he got the chance. The second bit of luck was that the lion didn't move in that brief moment, allowing him to be isolated in sharp profile against the blackness of the night.

Technical specification

Nikon D4 + 200-400mm f4 lens; 1/100 sec at f4; ISO 3200; beanbag + panning plate.


Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa: latitude -24.308876, longitude 31.337008 Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa: latitude -24.308876, longitude 31.337008

Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa



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