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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

Special Mention: Kiran Poonacha

Going with the Flow: This picture by Kiran Poonacha pays glorious tribute to the possibility of co-existence. In small pockets of the myriad streams that crisscross the Kodagu district, the critically endangered Wayanad mahseer Barbodes wynaadensis find respite from the pressures of water pollution, sand mining and hunting thanks to the ancient codes of conduct that prohibit their exploitation. This spectacular underwater frame captures a school of wild mahseer swimming alongside a farmer’s Mallard Duck Anas platyrhynchos whose webbed feet are the only indicator of its presence. The rising bubbles, the seemingly concerned expression on the face of the fish, the dreamy tones of the underwater world that soften the scales on the mahseer... exquisite.
 
Location: Kodagu, Karnataka Details: Camera: Go Pro Hero4, Lens: 3 mm. in-built, ISO 100, Shutter speed: 1/500 sec., Aperture: f/2.8, Focal length: 3 mm., Flash: No
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