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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

Second Prize: Pinal Patel And Shaurya Shukla

Dogs of War: Masters of tactical warfare, a pack of 22 dholes implement a foolproof plan to subdue a massive sambar stag in velvet. The combined weight of the pack of whistling hunters is probably less than that of the stag, but their attack strategy is flawless. Some stand sentry, on the lookout for competing predators, some converge on their quarry, while yet others wait their turn, ready to replace any soldier that tires. In the face of such an assault, it took a short two hours for virtually all traces of the sambar to vanish from the face of the earth. Adrenalin pours forth from the image, water droplets fly, and Pinal Patel and Shaurya Shashwat Shukla win second prize for capturing the kiss of death.

LOCATION: Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra DETAILS: Camera: Nikon D4s, Lens: Nikon 400 mm. f/2.8 E FL ED VR, Shutter speed: 1/640 sec., Aperture: f/2.8, ISO 1000, Focal length: 400 mm.

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