Akhil Vinayak Balachandra Menon

Camera: Sony A1

Lens: FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS

Aperture: 2.8

Shutter speed: 1/1600

ISO: 400

Description: The image conveys emotion, the love of a mother, Silugi. The cub in ecstatic bliss after receiving moms affection with his eyes lost in love is the highlight of this image.

Story from behind the lens: Spent most of the days tracking Silugi and her new litter. My guide Tony managed to find her and the cubs. They were is a bushy area and had recently feasted on a small fawn. After a few moments, mother walked up to the cubs and started licking them down. This image was captured at one such instance. It was good to get both of them in the open so with this vertical composition, I was able to put more focus on the subjects and their emotions. One of my favorite shots from my recent mara trip. Pure love is Pure bliss.