Masai Mara, Kenya
I followed this mother and her six cubs for several weeks. This backlit image was taken just after sunrise and is somewhat unusual in that the cubs appear to be guiding the mother. Importantly though, this remarkable mother successfully raised all six cubs to adulthood, an extremely rare occurance given high mortality rates for Cheetah cubs.
Curves for contrast enhancement, saturation boost; panoramic crop.
Canon 5D MK2, Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens, handheld