Aleksandra Maddams, Leopard Spotting the Lions, Masai Mara, Kenya (January 2019)
Canon 80D, 200-400mm lens at 349mm, f5.6, 1/200 sec
“We came across this beautiful leopard called Nalangu on our first day of holidays in the Mara. She was feeding on a hare in the bushes and we followed her after she finished her meal. She disappeared soon after and just as we were about to leave we saw her running back and jumping up a tree, clearly distressed. She kept on looking intensely out ahead and for a good reason. There were two lionesses walking by, who chose to lie down to rest very close to the tree Nalangu was on. We heard from other guides later that she had to stay there for many hours before the lions moved off.
“What I loved about taking this photo is that our vehicle was on an elevated ground, which meant that I was on the eye level with the leopard and also pretty close to her, which was one of the most thrilling moments of my life.”
18x12” special edition charity print (run of 5)