Thomas Nicholson

Camera: Canon R5

Lens: RF 400mm f/2.8

Aperture: f/2.8

Shutter speed: 1/1250

ISO: 400

Description: A male lion takes a break after chasing off his rivals to clean himself

Story from behind the lens: We were driving through the Mara when we heard lions roaring in the distance, and quickly made our way in that direction. Two male lions were quite aggressively patrolling their territory, and we assumed that some rivals had entered into their territory. After almost an hour they decided that the other lions had disappeared, and they began to settle down. The contrast between their aggressive nature previously and the now calm, relaxed way that they were acting really struck me, and I tried to capture the peace of the situation that prevailed.