Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
Young Photographer Of The Year: P. Vishruth Cavale
Last Port of Call: A filthy plastic crate in the Mangalore Port cradles the lifeless body of a shark ray. Though not a targeted species by most Indian fisheries, shark rays are nonetheless considered valuable bycatch. Soon this specimen will be sold – its meat dried, salted and consumed locally, while its fins perhaps will find their way to a far-eastern country to be cooked into a soup. These graceful shallow-water dwellers are classified as Vulnerable and though there is scant data on their biology and population, it is accepted that they are facing global decline. Young Vishruth Cavale has made a poignant, desolate image that is emblematic of the ongoing, silent annihilation of dozens of little-known species across the world.