Winners Photography Awards 2011
Tiger and Sloth Bear by Aditya Singh
FIRST PRIZE, ADITYA SINGH – ‘Mother’s Fury’
'This incredible confrontation between a sloth bear Melursus ursinus and a tiger Panthera tigris took place in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve on April 9, 2011. The mother bear with two cubs on her back, literally stumbled upon a pair of courting tigers. Usually both animals would give each other a wide berth, but for some reason the bear chose to stand her ground. The young tiger in the frame had probably never experienced anything like this and after a period of angry vocalisations by both animals, lasting around two minutes, the tigress and her mate retreated. The mother bear, cubs holding on for dear life, won the day.