The Sanjay Gandhi National Park Photography Contest 2015
Special Mention: Bhavik Thaker
An ultimate survivor, the leopard Panthera pardus serves as a reminder that wild animals do not recognise boundaries such as this wall constructed to divide the forest from the city near the outskirts of the park in Mulund. The park’s leopards are known to frequent residential areas to feed on dogs, chickens, rats and mongooses among other prey animals. This young adult, seen in the light of a halogen bulb of a nearby building, was in all likelihood looking for a quick meal. It took Bhavik, who was perched on the terrace of a six-storey building, six years of tracking to get an image to remember.
EXIF: Camera: Nikon D7000, ISO: 6400, Shutter speed: 1/10 sec., Aperture: f/5.3, Focal length: 210 mm.