Wildlife Photographer Award

It says “Patience Pays”!!!!! A photographer from Mumbai, Nayan Khanolkar dedicated four months to photograph his award winning ‘The Alley Cat’, with a help of camera trap in Aarey Milk Colony which is on the fringe of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) located at Mumbai.

A photographer himself alone knows the difficulty in capturing a real essence and of a special moment on his/her camera lens. Patience is the foremost required element in a photographer to make a perfect capture of a moment. A proper wait for the expected accurate moment, which is not a second before or after is what is absolutely needed for a photographer. That one final perfect shot is treated as a decided capture.

Nayan Khanolkar, 42 year old Mumbai photographer was proudly awarded the most prestigious “Urban Wildlife Prize” on Wednesday i.e., 19th October 2016 in London. This award is dedicated for his spectacular capture titled “The Alley Cat” snapped at a National Park in Mumbai.

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Mr.Nayan Khanolkar was quite determined to capture the image of a snarling wild beast. His most captures displays a leopard which is silently sitting beneath yellow bulb lit in midst of two mud splattered homes. The capture was taken in such a way that the leopard directly stares into the camera lens as it strolls slowly down the lane.

At London, the Mumbai photographer said, “I wanted the wild cats and leopards to be an integrated part of the urban environment.” He always believed in ceasing the practice of relocating leopards solves this issue in several parts of the city.  In the midst of his speech, he also conveyed, “if the co-existence with predators is possible in the centre of metropolis, then why don’t it be possible anywhere else in the world,” he said. He felt that it is quite a challenging deal to convince the city locals while speaking about what the project is mainly aimed at i.e., a mitigating human-leopard conflict. He also said “it gives me happiness that the message is spread widely across the world.”

Mumbai Photographer

It was the time when he saw the photographs of the leopard being burnt near Corbett Tiger Reserve, his keen and dedicated interest in documenting the human-leopard conflict started in 2011. He later set up a “camera trap” in several protected areas of national parks, after a research for a yearlong on the movements of leopards.  It took all the patience which includes four months of dedication and passion to get the perfect desired snap.

The talented winners of the most prestigious annual Wildlife Photography were announced very recently where the results are anticipated which are quite stunning.

Almost 90 countries participated in the photography competition with yet more than 50,000 talented entries.
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Ganesh H. Shankar, an Indian photographer also won the photography award in the category of “Birds” category for “Eviction Attempt” which captured an Indian rose ringed parakeet combating a Bengal lizard over a nesting hole. Overall, an American photojournalist Tim Laman was declared the chief winner of the competition for his capture a “Bornean orangutan” in the rainforest of Indonesia.

At the Natural History Museum, the images are displayed in London. The captures which won the best Wild life photography award for 2016 are showcased at the Natural History Museum, London and also on the BBC website. All the photographs then had a world tour, post exhibition.

Take a look!!!!

Entwined Lives

Entwined Lives

The Pangolin Pit

The Pangolin Pit

The Moon and the Crow

The Moon and the Crow

Road to Destruction

Road to Destruction

Pursued by Fire

Road to Destruction

End of the Line

End of the Line

Eviction Attempt

Eviction Attempt

Wind Composition

Wind Composition

Requiem for an Owl

Wind Composition

Snapper Party

Snapper Party

Star Player

Star Player

Aren’t they fabulously taken?

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