Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2013
Special Mention: PHILLIP ROSS – BLACK BEAUTY
Special Mention: PHILLIP ROSS – At the best of times, leopards are not easy to see and black leopards are even rarer. This image in the Mudumalai forests of Tamil Nadu is one of the few from this area in recent times. On hearing a sambar deer alarm call, the photographer moved in the direction of the call and as his vehicle rounded a bend, he spotted this beautiful black leopard. She quickly moved off the road, into an opening in the thicket from where he was able to capture this portrait that reveals her sparkling chrome eyes.