19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

Pantanal, Brazil. We were following a Jaguar who was looking for caimans in the cuiaba river. She was swimming very close to the shore moving in and out of the thick vegetation in the hope of catching a caiman off guard. I picked up my camera with an 800mm lens as we stayed a bit far not to disturb her and dropped to the floor of the boat in a very uncomfortable position in order to have as low an angle as possible. She stopped, looked in our direction and shook the water off her head. I was ready and took the shot.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Brazil
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Michel Zoghzoghi