The Equal Match
The guanaco turns, terrified, his last mouthful of grass flying in the wind as a female puma attacks. For Ingo, this is the culmination of months of work tracking wild pumas on foot, enduring extreme cold and biting winds. After an intense four-second struggle, the guanaco escaped with his life, leaving the puma to go hungry.
Because they are so abundant in Patagonia, guanacos are common prey of pumas. These big cats are solitary and hunt by patiently stalking before they pounce. Their robust hind legs allow them to take on animals bigger than themselves but they can also feed on smaller animals, such as rodents and birds.
Canon EOS-1DX Mark II + 600mm f4 lens; 1/3000 sec at f4; ISO 1000; Gitzo tripod
Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
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Ingo Arndt, Germany
Since childhood, Ingo has spent all of his free time outdoors. After finishing school he became a professional photographer. He now travels the globe, photographing animals and their habitats, and his work is published in magazines such as GEO and National Geographic. Ingo has received numerous awards, including from Wildlife Photographer of the Year, GDT and World Press Photo.