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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

Special Mention: Arvind Ramamurthy

Join the Dots: The thrill of the chase only heightens the exhilaration of an actual big cat sighting. This tease of a picture by Arvind Ramamurthy, one that graces our cover, combines the best of both. With all but its tail concealed by the lush canopy of its tree perch, this Kabini leopard Panthera pardus takes an afternoon siesta while the photographer patiently waits for him to surface. It’s amazing how just this languid curve of his tail is enough to spark a love for wild nature in almost any heart. This priceless image will no doubt trigger déjà vu in the dozens of wildlife enthusiasts who have had ‘almost sightings’ of these quiet cats.

Location: Kabini, Karnataka Details: Camera: Nikon D3100, Lens: Nikon AF-S 300 mm. f/4 + 1.4x TC., ISO 800, Shutter speed: 1/320 sec., Aperture: f/5.6, Focal length: 300 mm., Flash: No 

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