Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2013
SPECIAL MENTION: VIDHYADHAR SHELKE – Pair Bonding
SPECIAL MENTION: VIDHYADHAR SHELKE – Leaping for life, two pairs of bull frogs Hoplobatrachus tigerinus caught in the act of keeping the chain of life going. This image was taken in Vadgaon on the outskirts of Belgaum, in a water-filled depression adjacent to some rice fields. In the mating season, frantic to pass on their genetic material, the competition can be rough with mounted males holding on for as long as an hour at a time, with rivals trying to literally kick them off. Apart from the loss of wetlands at the hands of development and climate change, pesticides seriously threaten the future of amphibians across the globe.