Randall Ball

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: AF-S Nikkor 400mm, f/2.8

Aperture: f/2.8

Shutter speed: 1/1000

ISO: ISO 220

Description: Image of leopard cub now known as "Roho", son of the leopardess, Lorian.

Story from behind the lens: We had come across Lorian and her cub in a den and while waiting for them to leave the den, I managed to get a few images of the young cub peering out of the den. We had no idea at the time that this cub would be left to survive on his own after his mother was tragically killed later in the year. I wanted to process this image to give a feeling of loneliness and isolation surrounding him in the wake of his loss. I understand that he is doing quite well on his own these days despite losing his mother prematurely before he had fully matured.