Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2014
FIRST PRIZE: DAANISH SHASTRI
Curtain Call: ‘What immortal hand or eye…’ The tiger only manages to catch its prey once in every 10 or 15 tries! But one glance at this picture and you can understand the deadly intent that is poured into each hunt. This image was taken in Uttarakhand’s famous Corbett Tiger Reserve, where young Daanish Shastri displayed extraordinary instinct, changing his lens in the nick of time to capture the tigress Panthera tigris known as Charamma (mother of four), launch her attack on a chital Axis axis. So stealthily did she stalk her prey that for a considerable period of time neither deer nor onlooking visitors were able to distinguish her concealed form in the golden grass.
LOCATION: Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand
DETAILS: Camera: Canon EOS 550D, Lens: Canon 50 mm. f/1.8, Aperture: f/10, Shutter speed: 1/400 sec., ISO: 400, Focal length: 50 mm.