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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

Joint Third Prize: Aditya Padhye

Gill and Gull: In Bhigwan, Maharashtra, Brown-headed Gulls Larus brunnicephalus take advantage of the by-catch that fishermen discard while hauling in their nets. Squabbling, bickering and diving, they compete for the choicest morsels. This compellingly energetic image of a non-breeding gull straining to grab a thrashing fish paints an exquisite picture. The delicate gradient of colours in the bird’s curving wings, the pink gape of its beak, the water streaming from the ill-fated fish… Aditya Padhye has captured normally overlooked details to produce an exceptional frame. 
 
Location: Bhigwan, Pune, Maharashtra Details: Camera: Canon 5D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF 300 mm. f/2.8L IS II USM, ISO 640, Shutter speed: 1/5000 sec., Aperture: f/5.6, Focal length: 300 mm., Flash: No

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