Photo skills: How I took this lion image

Wildlife Photographer of the Year finalist Skye Meaker reveals how he captured this winning picture.  

Vanishing lions by Skye Meaker, South Africa
© Skye Meaker


South African Skye Meaker was a finalist in the 11 to 14 Years category of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 with his fantastic image ‘Vanishing lions’ (above). 

Skye was on an afternoon game drive with his family in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, when he spotted two young male lions lying in the grass. Trying out a new technique, he steadied his camera on a beanbag and focused on the nearest lion. Just as he pressed the shutter, he zoomed the lens out and added flash to highlight the eyes of the big cat. 

“It was tricky to move the lens at precisely the right moment and just enough to get the blurred effect, but not so much as to lose the lion’s face,” says the young photographer. Skye’s perseverance eventually paid off, giving him the shot he had in mind.

Lion numbers are thought to have decreased by a third over the past two decades. 

“I want the picture to raise awareness that lions are a vulnerable species,” he says, “To me, this picture conveys the feeling that lions are fading from Africa.” 

See more great photography by Skye Meaker. 

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