Thomas Nicholson

Camera: Canon R5

Lens: RF 400mm f/2.8

Aperture: f/2.8

Shutter speed: 1/1250

ISO: 400

Description: A large male lion smells the air for rivals

Story from behind the lens: We were photographing gazelles on a ridge when we started to hear lions roaring in the near distance. We quickly made our way over to them, following the sound of their roars as they quickly got louder. There were two brothers, both quite acting quite bothered - we expected that they had detected some other male lions in their territory and were ensuring that they had moved on. The day was quite overcast, providing for a very mute, diffuse light, which lent itself to a black and white version of the photo to emphasize the power of these animals.