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TANZANIA TIMES
The Times of Tanzania

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Portrait of Serengeti’s Killer Lioness stands to win UK photographic award in London


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The Lioness muzzle was still dripping with fresh blood.

The wild cat then pinned down the struggling wildebeest she had just hunted and posed for Camera.

Now, that timeless portrait, titled ‘Raw Moment,’ photographed by Lara Jackson, in the Serengeti National Park, has been nominated among the 100 best wildlife pictures at the Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom.

The Natural History Museum announces category winners on the 12th of October 2021, with winners set to be displayed in an Exhibition running from the 15th of October, this year to the 5th of June 2022.

Over 50,000 submissions from 95 different countries were entered in the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year,’ competition, which means to make it into the selected few; the Serengeti Lioness should be quite a force to reckon with.

“This young lioness in Serengeti began eating her wildebeest prey while it was still alive. One paw holding the struggling animal down, and bright red blood dripping from her muzzle, staring straight into Lara Jackson’s camera,” reads the portrait description.

Chairing the judging panel, Roz Kidman Cox expressed surprise by the overall quality of entries.

Natural History Museum Director, Dr Doug Gurr, explained that the photo entries tell the story of a planet under pressure.

The 57th ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ exhibition, opening next October, illustrates challenges faced globally and the collective action needed to be taken.

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