Intimate National Geographic Portraits of the Serengeti Lion

Serengeti National Park encompasses 5,700 square miles of grassy plains and woodlands near the northern border of Tanzania, and is home to more than 3,500 lions grouped into a couple dozen prides. Photographer Nick Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson made several extended trips to the Serengeti between July 2011 and January 2013, determined to break new visual ground in their coverage of the Serengeti Lion. The pair used cameras mounted on small remote-control vehicles to make images up close and at low angles, as well as hand-held cameras for both daytime and nighttime shots. Nichols shot 242,000 images and Williamson recorded 200 hours of video, often while lying on the floor of a specially outfitted Land Rover. The photographs are featured in the August issue of National Geographic magazine, as well as online, part of a truly remarkable multimedia package featuring fullscreen video, photographs, text, and audio. National Geographic was kind enough to share the following ten photographs from "The Serengeti Lion" on National Geographic's website at ngm.com/serengeti-lion.
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