Wildlife photographer George Turner recently showed off his infinite patience when photographing an elusive sleeping leopard, and his persistence is once again on display with this majestic image of a lioness in full sprint. Turner spent five days at the Etosha National Park in Namibia waiting to catch this lioness in hunting mode, and he was rewarded as she chased down a wildebeest.
Turner had just seconds to capture the energy of the scene, as the lioness charged with determination toward her prey. Once the chase was underway, any trepidation Turner had about being close to the scene dissipated. “During the buildup there was a definite tension in the air,” Turner shares with My Modern Met. “As a wildlife photographer, these are the moments that define you. It’s a self-pressure to deliver. During the hunt—albeit 15 seconds—it was just absolute concentration.”