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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

Conservation Mention: L.J. Mendis Wickramasinghe

The Silver Lining: Hunted for its meat and persecuted for its keratinous scales, the pangolin is currently considered the world’s most trafficked animal. Luckily, at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) held in Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2016, all eight subspecies were uplisted to Appendix I. With this, a complete ban on the international trade of the species came into play. As global attention focuses on the pangolin, a slender silver lining has emerged from the clouds of despair that have thus far characterised conservation efforts. This particular Indian pangolin was spotted crossing a road in Ranna, Sri Lanka. Captured in sublime silhouette, lit by the headlights of a car, the image presents a sombre but stunning portrait of a species on the brink.

LOCATION: Ranna, Hambanthota, Sri Lanka DETAILS: Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF 600 mm. f/4 L IS USM, Shutter speed: 1/25 sec., Aperture: f/4, ISO 4000, Focal length: 600 mm.

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