WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Animal Portraits

Isak Pretorius, South Africa

Cool Cat

‘I love creating photos with impact,’ says Isak, who is often on the lookout for Zambia’s most iconic animals. He was photographing a pride of lions when this lioness wandered off. Anticipating it was going for a drink, he positioned himself by the nearest waterhole. It then appeared through the long grass, framed by a wall of lush green.

Lions kill more than 95 per cent of their prey at night, and spend the majority of the day resting. Although they drink readily when water is available, they are also capable of consuming sufficient moisture from their prey and plants – making them perfectly adapted to their arid landscape. Yet despite this, lion numbers are decreasing significantly.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II + 600mm f4 lens; 1/400 sec at f4; ISO 1600


South Luangwa National Park, Zambia: latitude -12.927495, longitude 31.533037 South Luangwa National Park, Zambia: latitude -12.927495, longitude 31.533037

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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Isak Pretorius

Isak Pretorius, South Africa

Isak is a specialist wildlife photography guide from South Africa. His wildlife images have won multiple awards and been celebrated nationally and internationally in many publications. Isak's passion for nature is fuelled by his aim to create conservation awareness for his continent's natural wonders.

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