Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2016
Conservation Mention: Satyendra Kumar Tiwari
Electric Fate: This is big cat collateral, if you will. The tiger to whom this skin belonged was not the intended target of the high voltage wires that villagers of Majhgawan, Madhya Pradesh strung across a field. All they were interested in was wild meat, perhaps a pig or deer for the pot. But when they discovered the electrocuted animal, an opportunity to make some money presented itself. They skinned the tiger and packed its pelt into a cement sack… from which it was eventually seized by the Forest Department. Of the many indignities we visit upon our national animal, accidental killings are seldom spoken of, overshadowed by the scourge of poaching. Yet, such deaths feed easily into the illegal trade, making it all the more necessary to find ways to directly and financially benefit local communities to strengthen people-park relationships.
LOCATION: Majhgawan Village, Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh DETAILS: Camera: Nikon D3S, Lens: Nikon 24-85 mm. f/2.8-4, Shutter speed: 1/125 sec., Aperture: f/3.3, ISO 2000, Focal length: 42 mm.