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Zoos and Aquariums Winner

Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards


Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

by Don Johnson

Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

“I took many photographs of this baboon as he was being groomed by his mate. He obviously enjoyed it. His expression was irresistible; I had to get a photograph that captured the joy on his face. In order to isolate the baboon from the background and limit the depth of field, I chose a long lens and shot with a fairly wide aperture, being certain to focus sharply on his eyes. I think the image captures his contentment.”

Nikon D100; 70-300mm lens; shutter speed unrecorded at f/6.0; digital capture.

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