Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
Special Mention: Saurabh Sawant
Open Category, Nature in Urbania
City Glow: The trashed Mumbai beach, distant fishing boats and polluted night sky can’t take away from the incredibly beautiful phenomenon that Saurabh Sawant captured on a cool November night. Specific marine plankton of the Phylum Dinoflagellata emit a neon-blue bioluminiscense in quick bursts when disturbed or threatened. This is what Sawant documented as he spent the night on Juhu beach following the flashing blue flow, even as millions of Mumbai-walas went about their evening unaware of urban nature magic lapping at their shores.