Ben Joel

Camera: Sony a7iv

Lens: 100-400mm GM

Aperture: f/8.0

Shutter speed: 1/800

ISO: 1000

Description: A female leopard locks eyes with the camera as she weaves through the bushes.

Story from behind the lens: Peering into bushes and trees, searching for the elusive leopard, we were finally rewarded on our second day at Kicheche Bush Camp. In one particular bush, this female leopard had woken from her afternoon nap and was preparing to look for a new place to rest. Slinking out of her bush, she snaked her way through the underbrush, searching for a suitable branch. Following her progress intently, we tried to stay one step ahead, positioning ourselves strategically. This plan paid off, yielding this shot of her locking eyes with the camera.