The Moment

Yongqing Bao's Image

This Himalayan marmot was not long out of hibernation when it was surprised by a mother Tibetan fox with three hungry cubs to feed. With lightning-fast reactions, Yongqing captured the attack – the power of the predator baring her teeth, the terror of her prey, the intensity of life and death written on their faces.

As one of the highest-altitude-dwelling mammals, the Himalayan marmot relies on its thick fur for survival through the extreme cold. In the heart of winter it spends more than six months in an exceptionally deep burrow with the rest of its colony. Marmots usually do not resurface until spring, an opportunity not to be missed by hungry predators.


Behind the lens

Yongqing Bao

Yongqing Bao

China

Yongqing Bao is the Director and Chief Ecological Photographer of the Qilian Mountain Nature Conservation Association of China, member of the Qinghai Photographers Association and Deputy Secretary-General of the Qinghai Wildlife Photographers Association. His work has been published in many magazines and newspapers and awarded in several international competitions.

Image details

  • Canon EOS-1D X
  • 800mm f5.6 lens
  • 1/2500 sec at f5.6 (+0.67 e/v)  •   ISO 640  •   Manfrotto carbon-fibre tripod + 509HD head
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