Winners Photography Awards 2009
Jackal by Sudhir Shivram
Early morning mists obscure the grassy meadow bordering the Hessarghata lake on the outskirts of Bengaluru as a leaping jackal Canis aureus pounces upon unsuspecting prey that could be a mouse, a lizard, frog, or insect. Blessed with excellent hearing, the jackal uses the faintest of rustles to locate its prey, bringing both stealth and skill to the fore. As cities and towns spread like a concrete mange across the Indian subcontinent, wetlands and grasslands that support entire communities of predators and prey are disappearing without a trace. In the process, human beings find themselves adrift in a violent sea of climate change, without help from their key allies, the wild gardeners of Eden.