Natural History Museum, UK and BBC Wildlife orgnanised a photography contest which asked for entries from photographers all over the world. The contest said, “Whether you’re young, old, professional or amateur, we’d like to see work that raises awareness of the beauty and fragility of the natural world.”

The Winners at the Photography Contest

In this prestigious contest, Mumbai Based conservationist and photographer Nayan Khanolkar was awarded the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award in the Urban Wildlife category. Mr. Khanolkar’s  ‘The Alley Cat’, was shot brilliantly in the alleys of the Aarey Milk Colony, near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). Mr. Khanolkar won amongst 50k entries and that indeed is a BIG feat!

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The alley cat, Nayan Khanolkar, India Winner, Urban Category

This alluring photograph emphasizes the co-existence between the Warli tribe living in the national park and the leopards. Mr. Khanolkar said, I wanted the leopard to be an integrated part of the urban environment. Mr. Khanolkar started his research on the man-leopard conflict after the unfortunate event of leopards being burnt near Corbett Tiger Reserve. He further says, “I wanted to convey that if co-existence with predators is possible in the centre of a metropolis, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be possible anywhere else in the world”.

Ganesh H. Shankar, another Indian photographer also bagged an award in the Birds’ category for ‘Eviction Attempt’. He captured a breathtaking shot with an Indian rose-ringed parakeet combating a Bengal monitor lizard over a nesting hole.

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Eviction attempt, Ganesh H Shankar, India Winner, Birds Category

Here are some other winning entries from the photography contest –

American photographer Tim Laman was named winner of the contest for his eye opening image Entwined Lives, displaying a critically endangered Bornean orangutan in the Indonesian rainforest through a series of 7 photographs.

Tim Laman, US Winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Tim Laman, US Winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

 

The pangolin pit, Paul Hilton, UK/Australia Winner, Wildlife Photojournalist Award
The pangolin pit, Paul Hilton, UK/Australia Winner, Wildlife Photojournalist Award

 

Valter Binotto, Italy Winner, Plants and Fungi Category
Valter Binotto, Italy Winner, Plants and Fungi Category

 

Requiem for an owl, Mats Andersson, Sweden Winner, Black and White Category
Requiem for an owl, Mats Andersson, Sweden Winner, Black and White Category

 

Snapper party, Tony Wu, US Winner, Underwater Category
Snapper party, Tony Wu, US Winner, Underwater Category

 

The moon and the crow, Gideon Knight, UK Winner, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The moon and the crow, Gideon Knight, UK Winner, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The winning images will go on display at the Natural History Museum, London and on the BBC website.

***All images via National History Museum

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