Mumbaikar Nayan Khanolkar Creates History, Bags BBC Wildlife Photographer Award After Beating 50K Entries!

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Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. The best shot comes when you shoot how it feels like, not how it looks like. Nature is not only all that is visible to the human eye but it also includes the inner picture of the soul. Only a good wildlife photographer can understand how difficult it is to get that one perfect shot.

Nayan Khanolkar, a wildlife photographer and conservationist was honored with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award in the Urban Wildlife category, in a contest organised by the Natural History Museum, London and BBC Wildlife. It is considered the most prestigious award in the world. It took him four months to capture award winning, ‘The Alley Cat’. The photograph was taken in the Aarey Milk Colony, on the fringe of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). He beat 50000 other photographers from 90 countries. What an achievement!

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The winning photograph highlights the co-existence between leopards and the Warli tribe living in the national park. The picture displayed a leopard sitting sitting under the yellow-bulb lit between two mud-splattered homes, staring directly into the lens.

All of the images will be displayed at the Natural History Museum, London and on the BBC website.

Check out some mind-blowing shots:

Entwined Lives
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The Pangolin Pit

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The Moon And The Crow

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Road To Destruction

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Pursued By Fire

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End Of The Line

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Eviction Attempt

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Wind Composition

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Requiem For An Owl

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Snapper Party

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Snapper Party

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Truly awe-inspiring pictures are these. Aren’t they ?