Winners Photography Awards 2010
Fan-throated Lizard by Baiju Patil
These blue fan-throated lizards Sitana ponticeriana have been captured in full flow of battle. The brilliant blue and red hues double as a unique flagging device to dissuade intruding males and to attract prospective females. If and when these warning colours fail to dissuade a competitor, dramatic fights may ensue, as can be seen in this stunning image of both reptiles in the air, each one trying to inflict a damaging bite on the other. The advent of summer sends fan-throated lizards into a breeding frenzy, which few humans are fortunate enough to see, leave alone photograph. For his technical skill, his patience and his incredible eye, the Sanctuary-RBS Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 is Baiju Patil.