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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

Special Mention: Radha Rangarajan

Fading Rays: But for Radha Rangarajan’s poignant image, it would have been just a regular market day at the fishing dock at Karwar, Karnataka.  The out-of-focus, bustling, laughing figures behind, only accentuate the deep sense of despair that permeates the image as you focus on the lifeless long-headed eagle ray Aetobatus flagellum, won at an auction, being carried to its final destination in someone’s kitchen. So little is known about rays in India, that even the five experts we contacted for a positive identification on the species gave us five different answers. This picture is a grim metaphor for the state of our oceans which are rapidly being emptied of species, even before they can be properly studied.
 
Location: Karwar, Karnataka Details: Camera: Canon 7D, Lens: Canon EF S10 10-22 mm. f/3.5-4.5 USM., ISO 250, Shutter speed: 1/100 sec., Aperture: f/8, Focal length: 10 mm.

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