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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

Joint Third Prize & Editor's Choice: Abhishek Jain

Fairy Fire: From the Mycena genus of fungus, our planet is gifted foxfire – a captivating, unearthly bioluminescence whose purpose we are yet to uncover. Out to photograph frogs at night in Kerala’s Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Abhishek Jain switched off his headlamp and, as his eyes adjusted to the dark, found a troop of glowing mushrooms. To capture the details of the fantastical fungi, he used a tripod and set a long exposure. For the sheer brilliance of its composition and magic of its subject, this image caught the imagination of our judges. (And yes, some species of Mycena do indeed contain a hallucinogen, but we won’t advocate eating them.)
Location: Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala Details: Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Lens: Tamron 180 mm. f/3.5 Macro, Aperture: f/16, Shutter speed: 1152 sec., ISO 100, Focal length: 180 mm., Flash: No

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