With only one day available to capture images on safari the pressure was on to find a leopard and get the dream shot for Nikon. Not an easy task but with some persistence and tenacity a serendipitous sighting in an iconic tree where a leopard had never been found before ended up yielding a shot of a lifetime. The sighting lasted about 2 hours and there was time pressure to leave but my experience told me this would probably be the only opportunity that day to get the shot. The risk paid off when this magnificent and stunningly beautiful large female turned her mesmerising gaze towards us just once. In that instance I knew I had captured the shot of my dreams and one that gives a strong sense of place to an apex predator relaxing in her jungle kingdom. A different photo of this scene became one of the key visuals chosen for the campaign.
Edition of 15
Nikon D810 + Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL + 2x teleconverter at 400mm
1/320 f/5.6 ISO 800
Joseph Anthony is a multiple award winning photographer and filmmaker, wildlife camera operator and photojournalist as well as being a lens Ambassador for Nikon. A retired airline pilot before becoming a professional photographer, he also flies drones commercially and his work has taken him all over the globe. Published and exhibited worldwide with clients such as National Geographic, Nikon and WWF, he is particularly interested in telling stories about wildlife, conservation and environmental issues. Aside from being a face of Nikon, he is most well known for his work with big cats, being in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, the historic 2018 eruption in Hawai’i which he documented intensively for 3 months and includes an award winning film about it with global newspaper and magazine coverage and for his other award winning film about elephants for WWF. He wants to inspire an appreciation for the beauty of our planet, help draw attention to its fragility, not just because of a love of nature but also for the survival of our own species.
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Leopard in a tree
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