Photocrati is excited to give a huge shout out to our dear friend, National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols. On assignment in Tanzania, Nick is fulfilling his decades-long dream of covering lions in the Serengeti.

Nick Nichols is working with a micro-copter, an adapted toy helicopter, to photograph lions in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Photo courtesy of National Geographic Magazine.

“Nick, who always pushes the limits of what the camera can show, had a vision. He wanted to show lions as never seen before. Remote-controlled micro-copters and cars with cameras, night-vision goggles, infrared cameras, and state-of-the-art camera traps allow him to get closer than he—or anyone else—could imagine,” National Geographic Magazine, Field Test.

Working closely with the Serengeti Lion Project, Nick will spend the next year (along with writer David Quammen) documenting the huge cats, their natural habitat and their interactions/conflicts with the humans in the area. His final project will be published by National Geographic in 2013.

In the meantime, photo fans can keep up with Nick and his crew via his Field Test posts on the National Geographic site. Nick’s regular updates offer a steady glimpse into the trials, struggles and successes of a wildlife photographer in the field.

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