Charlie Mack

Camera: Nikon D750

Lens: Sigma 100-400

Aperture: 5.0-6.3

Shutter speed: 1/4000

ISO: 800

Description: Risasi and her two sons move off from their kill as hyeanas and vultures closed in. Constantly on alert as there were also lions in the area. Amazing to capture them in an aesthetic formatio

Story from behind the lens: After an amazing day in the Mara triangle where we saw all of the Big Five, we heard Risasi had recently made a kill with her two sons in the BBC area. We left a lion sighting and 20 minutes later found them. One of the cubs was still eating but it was obvious Risasi wanted to move on quickly for fear of lion or hyeana attack. Jacob made a great decision in positioning the vehicle between the kill and a patch of dense forest where the cheetah could hide from any unwanted attention. They moved off initially in single file with Risasi leading before aligning perfectly for the shot right in front of the car. What I love most about the image is how Risasi is in front, as if shielding her two cubs from the vehicle and my camera. However it also shows how the adolescent sons are not just helpless cubs anymore, with all three cheetahs are looking forward in cohesion, showing the strong bond they have as a team and family. As we know life is not easy for cheetahs so working together is key to their survival.