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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

Special Mention: Mihir Mahajan

Lover’s Spat: On a steep ridge in the frosty mountains of the famous Hemis National Park in Ladakh, a pair of courting snow leopards interrupts their lovemaking in favour of a quick brawl. Usually clicked in furtive or shy repose that makes them seem inordinately benign, this image serves as a reminder that snow leopards lack neither fury nor strength. Mihir Mahajan trekked in this inhospitable landscape for three hours to reach the spot from where he could make this image. Hemis is considered one of the best places in the world to spot a snow leopard in the wild, and tourism driven by this flagship species is blossoming around the park, even as it benefits local communities.

Location: Hemis National Park, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir Details: Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Lens: Canon EF 500 mm. f/4 L IS ll USM + 1.4x lll, Shutter speed: 1/4000 sec., Aperture: f/5.6, ISO 640, Focal length: 700 mm. 

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