Nominees Photography Awards 2012
MIHIR GODBOLE – ‘Sharing Space’
‘Sharing Space’ Although the sloth bear Melursus ursinus is usually given a wide berth by tigers, the striped felines are sometimes known to become habitual bear killers. An omnivore with a particular love for termites and the larvae of insects, the sloth bear faces a bleak future due to habitat loss and the deadly international trade in bear parts. In India, these are the bears that are tragically forced to dance on our streets, with claws and teeth removed. Traders obtain a regular supply of cubs by killing their mothers. Summer is the ‘pinch’ period for animals, when water becomes scarce. This forces them into much closer proximity than they would normally prefer, as seen from this image of a sloth bear, awaiting its turn at a waterhole occupied by two tigers in the Tadoba?Andhari Tiger Reserve.