Incredible footage called ‘Bond of Brothers’ shows two adult male lions embracing one with a forehead touch.
Photographer David Lloyd of New Zealand said the pair, possibly brothers, greeted each other and rubbed their faces for 30 seconds before settling down.
The image was taken in Ndutu, Serengeti in Tanzania, and it won the LUMIX People’s Choice Award at the renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards in 2018.
Speaking of the photo, Lloyd said: ‘I’m glad this photo did a good job as it captured the emotions and feelings of animals and emphasized that this is not limited to humans.
“It’s something that I think more people need to be aware of for the sake of all animals.”
Here are four outstanding photos from the same contest:
Named ‘One Toy, Three Dogs’ and photographed by Hungary’s Bence Mate shows three adorable African wild dogs.
The trio of brothers wanted to play simultaneously with the legs of an Impala, thus pulling it in three directions.
Named ‘A Polar Bear’s Struggle’ and taken by Justin Hofman of the USA is one of the more grim photos of the competition.
Showing a starving polar bear at an abandoned hunter’s camp in the Canadian Arctic, the bear is struggling to find food with little or no ice around.
Named ‘Three Kings’ and photographed by Wim Van Den Heever of South Africa shows a trio of Emporer penguins seemingly heading towards the rising sun.
The two males move around the female while using their flippers to fend each other off, in engaging mating behaviour.
Named ‘Fox Meets Fox’ and shot by Matthew Maran from the UK shows a wild fox encountering a fox painting on the street.
He has always dreamed of taking this photo since discovering street art a few years ago. After countless hours and failed attempts, his perseverance paid off.
Check out the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ Website for more!