Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
Special Mention: Anuroop Krishnan
Open Category, Nature in Urbania
Original Pilgrim: In Bikaner, Rajasthan, a temple that lies along a network of caves is frequented by locals to offer prayers to their gods. However, the original inhabitants of this labrynth, a colony of mouse-tailed bats, have resisted eviction and continue to live alongside the visiting faithful. This gorgeous frame, made by Anuroop Krishnan using two flashes and a remote trigger, freezes an individual bat mid-flight, looking like some ancient, winged, messiah.