Karlotta Kuerzel

Camera: Canon 6D Mark II

Lens: EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM+ 1.4 x Converter (Canon)

Aperture: f/8.0

Shutter speed: 1/160

ISO: 500

Description: This photo captures a mother elephant and her calf in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, on 2.12. 2023. The sky hints at another approaching storm, yet the devoted mother and calf pause for a quick snack.

Story from behind the lens: I captured this moment during our first safari in the Maasai Mara in 2023. A storm was brewing, prompting us to head back and avoid the rain. Just as we were about to leave, we spotted a massive herd of elephants. While most were on the move, a mother and her calf were trailing behind. The protective mother kept the little one sheltered, but fortunately, during a brief snack break, I managed to capture them both head-on.