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!
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.
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.
The winning images will go on display at the Natural History Museum, London and on the BBC website.
***All images via National History Museum