Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Dennis Fast

2020 Showcase, Best in Show, Altered Reality: "Out of the Shadows - African Leopard, Kruger National Park, South Africa" © Dennis Fast.
2020 Showcase, Best in Show, Altered Reality: “Out of the Shadows – African Leopard, Kruger National Park, South Africa” © Dennis Fast.

How I Got the Shot

We were coming back to camp in Kruger National Park with friends from Johannesburg. It was getting late when this female leopard stepped onto the road and stared at us briefly before crossing into bushes on the other side. Surprisingly, she sat down calmly before disappearing. I had little time to think for this shot so I quickly supported my Nikon D4 and 200-400mm lens on the window ledge and began to shoot. At that moment I whispered to myself as I so often do with wildlife: “Turn your head, turn your head!” And she did. The moment was spellbinding.

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