The Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2018
Third Prize: Sarang Naik
Paradise City: Hidden behind the wondrous sight of hot pink waders flying past cookie-cutter apartment blocks in Navi Mumbai is an unfolding story of community conservation. When local residents uncovered the City and Industrial Development Corporation’s plans to convert the Talawe wetlands into a golf course and residential zone, they took their anguish to court. The legal drama ended with the court confirming that these are wetlands. This image of the arrival of hundreds of Lesser Flamingos to Talawe is strong enough deposition for why wetlands must be preserved. By capturing an incongruous moment of magic, Sarang Naik reminds us of how effortlessly nature enhances our lives. Flamingo pink and apartment yellow is a flamboyant colour combination, but we’ll take it!