21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A springbok caught by a cheetah

Two cheetahs were sleeping quietly. Suddenly, one of them smelled the presence of a springbok, a graceful antelope. The beasts stood up very slowly hidden by the tree. The second did the same things, and both were almost motionless. Their gazes fixed the springbok. In a fraction of the second, the antelope stood up and fled as quickly as it could. Unfortunately, it was too late! A cheetah ran faster, blocked the way. The prey changed its direction and went back directly in the mouth of the second cheetah.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Namibia
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Gerard Luethi