Richard Lovelock Like A Fish out of Water Pangolin Photo Challenge

“Animal Behaviour” Challenge 2023

In this blog post, we showcase the remarkable images recognised as Highly Commended and the ultimate winner in the Animal Behaviour category of our 2023 Pangolin Photo Challenge. Furthermore, we offer in-depth camera settings for each photo.

In this category, participants were challenged to capture the fascinating behaviours of wildlife in their natural environments.

If you want to take part this year, click here to learn how to join the 2024 Pangolin Photo Challenge. It’s easy and free, and you have the chance to win safari prizes!

Didn’t catch the Animal Behaviour Finalists video?

View the video here, and then share your thoughts on who should win. Afterwards, take a look at our outstanding images below to see if your predictions were correct.

Highly Commended
Lion Cubs Drinking at Sunrise, by Keith Bannerman

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Canon EOS R6m2 with an EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM

f/4 | 1/20 | 400 mm | ISO 5000

At sunrise in Dinaka, located in the Central Kalahari, Keith Bannerman expertly photographed a stunning moment where lion cubs gathered around a watering hole. Each cub exudes innocence and vulnerability, yet within their composed postures and watchful eyes, there is a hint of hidden strength and fierceness. Their act of quenching their thirst at the water’s edge represents not only primal survival instincts but also the familial and communal connections that unite the pride.

Highly Commended
Jackal Striving to Make a Catch, by Kathy Kay

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NIKON Z 9 with an AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

f/4 | 1/6400 | 380 mm | ISO 200

In this gripping moment, we are drawn into the unforgiving wilderness, observing a dramatic encounter between predator and prey in a fight for survival. Kathy explains how jackals expertly sneak up on sandgrouse while they drink, employing incredible speed and agility to secure their meal. This image encapsulates that perfectly. Well done, Kathy.

Highly Commended
Like A Fish out of Water, by Richard Lovelock

richard lovelock like a fish out of water pangolin photo challenge

Canon EOS R5 with an RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

f/7.1 | 1/2500 | 500 mm | ISO 1600

Richard captures a flying fish in mid-air. The photograph highlights the mesmerising moment when the flying fish momentarily escapes the water, its extended fins resembling delicate wings as it glides through the air. With expert timing, Richard captures the fish in a graceful arc, beautifully showcasing its elegant form against the ocean backdrop. A truly remarkable image.

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Fatal Embrace, by Heike Sommer

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NIKON Z 8 with a VR 300mm f/4E

f/4 | 1/2500 | 300 mm | ISO 640

Congratulations to Heike Sommer for capturing a powerful moment in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Through a brief yet impactful portrayal of maternal courage, Heike honours the unwavering strength of motherhood and the enduring resilience of wildlife. During a game drive in Maasai Mara, Kenya, Heike witnessed a giraffe defending her young calf from lionesses. The mother bravely confronted the lioness, allowing the calf to escape to safety.


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