Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
Winner: Drishti Hoskote
Young Category, Creatures Great and Small
Three’s A Crowd: In Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, where colossal metamorphic rock formations look out over the Indian Ocean, a pair of peafowls study a slumbering leopard. Belly full and sated after a successful morning hunt, the big cat had scaled the boulder and then been lulled to sleep by the tropical sun. Velutinous tail casually hanging down, oozing self-assurance even in repose, the leopard was oblivious to the vigilant birds who kept one eye on the predator while exploring the scene. The stunning composition of this image and the quiet interaction that it depicts makes Drishti Hoskote a winner in our books.