Winners Photography Awards 2011
Gharial and Indian Skimmer by Baiju Patil
Special Mention: BAIJU PATIL – ‘Picture Perfect’
Two critically-endangered gharials Gavialis gangeticus are captured on camera with the highly threatened Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis in Rajasthan’s Chambal river. Both species are specialised fish-eaters and their existence is critically linked to the health of a handful of north Indian rivers. The Chambal is said to be India’s least polluted river but plans in the pipeline could change this status very soon.