Winners Photography Awards 2010
Pale Hedgehog by Devesh Gadhvi
The pale hedgehog Hemiechinus micropus is a desert animal that has managed to survive the trials of life for millions of years, but it has no answers to tackle the danger from roads. Seen here in the Rann of Kutchh, a mother hedgehog is nuzzling its young one, that fell victim to a passing vehicle. The photographer looked on as she stayed with her lifeless baby for several minutes before moving away. Future generations will surely wonder at the lack of vision of developers and policy makers who are unwilling even to consider creating bypasses for highways to avoid sensitive wildlife zones.