Taken during my time in Namibia, on a reserve west of Windhoek. I was there doing a guiding internship while helping with both the volunteering and the large carnivore capture and release programs. We were on foot and crouched behind an Acacia mellifera (black thorn acacia) at the time. To this day one of my closest walking safari lion sightings.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | April 01
Award Score: 68 (Value 13, Clarity 12, Composition 17, Style 13, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Wildlife Photography
Photograph Location: Windhoek | Namibia
Photographer: Laurence Connor (Deal, Kent, United Kingdom) Registered
Laurence Connor grew up in the English counties of Norfolk and Kent and was educated at Northbourne Park and Cranbrook schools. Living on the coast, he became a strong swimmer and keen sailor, obtaining a water-sports teaching qualification at a relatively young age. He has travelled widely in Europe, skied in Canada, and journeyed throughout Southern Africa in his early teens. Bitten by the African bug and keenly eco aware Laurence returned to South Africa to train and qualify as a Nature Guide, under the tutelage of the highly respected Johan Fourie. Laurence then went to Na’an Ku Se Lodge in Namibia, which specialises in animal conservation, to be involved hands-on in the rescue and rehabilitation of leopards, preparing them for their eventual release back into sustainable habitat. He gained further experience at the 5* Sausage Tree Camp on the banks of the Lower Zambezi, followed by guiding and the provision of photographic tutoring in the St Lucia area of South Africa. Laurence is a talented photographer whose work has been shown in exhibition – The Bush & Beach Series. Attention to detail, extensive knowledge, experience in client care and a great sense of fun makes Laurence a much sought after safari and conservation buddy.