Winners Photography Awards 2009
Blackbuck by Rahul Sachdev
Symbol of the health of grasslands, the blackbuck Antilope cervicapra is worshipped in India as the vehicle of the moon. Once rare, hunted to near extinction, the blackbuck, India’s fastest land mammal, has responded well to the protection awarded to its grassland habitats like the Velvadar National Park in the Bhal region of Saurashtra. This image stands out for the mood it recreates. Using poor light to his advantage, the photographer has highlighted the plight of India’s grasslands along with that of its flagship species.