This gallery showcases the best images from the WILD CATS category in the NBPA 2015 competition.
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FIRST RUNNER-UP: Morkel Erasmus, South Africa “My trip to the Masai Mara in 2013 was a catalogue of amazing sightings. We arrived on the scene as this cheetah started to stalk her quarry. What followed were a few moments of blistering pace and drama. I was pleased it ended quite close to where we had positioned ourselves as it allowed me to capture this dramatic moment as the two animals danced with each other. The gazelle fought on but in the end capitulated.” Technical info: Nikon D3S / 500mm / ISO 1000 / f8 / 1/3200 / E 0.0
HIGHLY HONOURED: Precarious position, by Andrew Schoeman Taken: Phinda Game Reserve, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa Technical info: Nikon D4 / 200mm / ISO 500 / f5.3 / 1/640s / E +0.3
HIGHLY HONOURED: Cheetah with eland kill, by Wim Vorster Taken: Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana Technical info: Nikon D700 / 360mm / ISO 800 / f4.5 / 1/1000s / E 0.0
HIGHLY HONOURED: Mating lions, by Elana Erasmus Taken: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Technical info: Nikon D800 / 400mm / ISO800 / f8 / 1/2500s / E -1.0
HIGHLY HONOURED: Lion cub, by Mike Haworth Taken: Masai Mara, Kenya Technical info: Nikon D800 / 600mm / ISO 500 / f10 / 1/640s / E -1.3
HIGHLY HONOURED: Head to head, by Sarah Skinner Taken: Masai Mara, Kenya Technical info: Nikon D4S / 700mm / ISO 250 / f7.1 / 1/800s / E 0.0
HIGHLY HONOURED: Cheetah games, by Seyms Brugger Taken: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa Technical info: Canon EOS 1DX / 600mm / ISO 640 / f9 / 1/2000 / E 0.0
HONOURED: Twilight hunt, by Mark Dumbleton Taken: Masai Mara, Kenya Technical info: Nikon D4 / 600mm / ISO 640 / f4 / 1/500s / E 0.0
HONOURED: Fierce fight, by Trix Jonker Taken: Addo Elephant Park, South Africa Technical info: Canon EOS 50D / 700mm / ISO 200 / f5.6 / 1/350s / E 0.0
HONOURED: Playing leopards, by Kurt Jay Bertels Taken: Kruger National Park, South Africa Technical info: Canon EOS 1DX / 338mm / ISO 2000 / f4 / 1/3200 / E 0.7
HONOURED: The chase, by Elana Erasmus Taken: Etosha National Park, Namibia Technical info: Nikon D3S / 600mm / ISO 800 / f8 / 1/5000s / E -0.7