Charlie Wemyss-Dunn

Camera: Canon R6

Lens: EF 70-200 F/2.8

Aperture: f/9.0

Shutter speed: 1/1250

ISO: 25600

Description: A mega crossing of the Mara River at dawn as the sun rises

Story from behind the lens: Our guide encouraged a quick departure from camp early one morning as we'd previously seen a massive herd eager to cross over to the Triangle from Lookout Hill the evening before. Before we reached the river a call from one of our other vehicles came in that the massive herd had just begun to cross at the Miti Moja crossing point. As we arrived we were greeted with a scene I'll never forget as a mega herd of wildebeest rushed down the bank as the red glow of a perfect sunrise pierced the sky. We were one of only three vehicles on either side to take in this epic scene while the early morning balloons can be made out in the far background in front of the rising sun. Photography was not surprisingly a challenge given the very low and contrasting light so I had to sacrifice ISO for a sharp image with the whole scene in view. A once in a lifetime scene of nature's greatest show.