A stark and haunting shot of a pride of lions resting on a rocky outcrop has captured the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for seasoned photojournalist Michael "Nick" Nichols.
The scene, titled "Black and White," was captured in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park by the American, whose career encompasses 35 years of acclaimed pictures. His winning shot this year, seen above, bested more than 42,000 entries from nearly 100 countries, in the competition jointly run by London's Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
Nichols trailed the pride for six months, the lions even becoming accustomed to his presence. He shot the photo in infrared, which he said in a release, "transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost." Among his goals was to capture an image of lions from a time long since passed, when the creatures were not under the threat they are today.