Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
Special Mention: Dr. Pramod Bhalchandra Bansode
Open Category, Art in Nature
Bird Wind: In the winter, immense flocks of birds crowd the skies over Kumbhargaon, Maharashtra, in fantastical murmurations. They cavort and wheel as one giant entity, dancing in the wind and commanding the attentions of all those in the vicinity. This breathtaking depiction of the phenomenon manages to portray the size of the gathering and the fluid grace of the birds. Dr. Pramod Bhalchandra Bansode’s decision to make this image from a low angle ensures that the murmuration stands out against the sky and the slow shutter speed gives the formation a smoke-like quality. Truly beautiful.