Five top wildlife photographers reveal their toughest shoot ever

A seal emerges from the water on its back, one paw raised as if in greeting. Photo by Robert Marc Lehmann.
Robert Marc Lehmann captured this award-winning shot using a DSLR and wide-angle zoom in an underwater housing. Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III (now succeeded by the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV) with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens (now succeeded by the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM) at 16mm, 1/125 sec, f/22 and ISO250. © Robert Marc Lehmann

Wildlife photographers often find themselves in the most inhospitable locations, in searing heat or freezing cold, or underwater with poor visibility. And even after extensive preparation for a shoot, animal species can be frustratingly elusive and sometimes dangerous, requiring the photographers to think on their feet and push their equipment to the limit.

Here, we ask five top photographers about the most difficult wildlife shoots they've ever done, and how they managed to get the shot.

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