Charlie Wemyss-Dunn

Camera: Canon R5

Lens: EF 200-400 F/4.0 IS USM

Aperture: f/7.1

Shutter speed: 1/1000

ISO: 320

Description: A coalition of two male cheetahs patrol the plains of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy at sunrise

Story from behind the lens: We were very lucky to come across two active and patrolling male cheetahs one morning in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the most spectacular dawn light. Our guide James expertly positioned our vehicle in an area with a beautiful vantage of one of the Mara's famous trees hoping that the cheetahs would make their way over to the tree to scent mark. Sure enough, the two brothers made a beeline for the tree and I was able to capture a frame where both cheetahs eyes were lit up red by the rising sun and one brother's tail made a lovely curve framing the scene. I like the way they appear as one highlighting the strong bond between them. It was also only after a studying the photo closely did I realize that an old snake skin is hanging down from the tree branch above the cheetahs!