A beautiful prizewinning photograph by David Lloyd
The image depicts two adult male lions, likely brothers, according to the photographer, who were captured as they rubbed their faces together for about 30 seconds. It is unusual for lions to nuzzle for that long, and David felt honoured to have witnessed this rare and affectionate sight, and to have shot it.
‘I’m so pleased that this image did well because it illustrates the emotion and feeling of animals and emphasizes that this is not limited to humans,’ he says. ‘It is something I think more people need to be aware of for the sake of all animals.’
His image will be showcased at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London, until 30 June 2019.