Antonio Coelho

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6

Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/15 sec

ISO: ISO 320

Description: Kisaru, one of the legendary Cheetahs of the Masai Mara, on a sprint chasing a group of impalas and topis, teaching her sub-adults the art of survival in the wild.

Story from behind the lens: I was staying in the Enonkishu conservancy in the northern part of the Masai Mara, where we had habitually spotted and photographed the beautiful Kisaru and her sub-adults. One early morning shortly after we left camp, we spotted Kisaru and her sub-adults. She had her gaze locked on a group of impalas and topis in the distance. After taking a few portraits of her, I decided to quickly bring down my shutter speed in the hope she would start the chase after her prey, so I could capture an image of her in motion. I was extremely lucky and as she began her sprint, I panned and took a few frames. I was fortunate to capture this image of her sprinting, a cheetah image I have always dreamed of.