THE GODFATHER (Nature) - He is big - 4 meters tall and over 4 tons in weight, he is the “Godfather.” I have visualized this scene many times. I have checked and rechecked my equipment and decided upon the camera and lens combination. I now relax and control my breathing as they come into view. The next ten minutes are bliss of forgetfulness as I zone in to the task at hand; only one moment stands out. He stands still before me in all his magnificence, raising his trunk filled with the red Kalahari dust. In one fluid movement he sprays his forehead and for one brief moment he is covered in the magic of dust and light.
(Photo and caption by Peter Delaney/National Geographic Photo Contest)