Runner-up | Animal Portraits

Yashpal Rathore,
Sanjay Kumar Shukla IFS

Runner-up | Animal Portraits

Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Thunder Stripes

A male tiger patrols his territory in the fabled forests of Kanha as the monsoon clouds gather in the backdrop to light up the sky in various shades of lavender. The camera-trap image was photographed with the help of Dr Sanjay Shukla (IFS), who was the Field Director of the Kanha Tiger Reserve at the time. A mud dam wall which holds water throughout the year proved to be the prime trap site to capture the big cat in its element at night.

Yashpal Rathore

Yashpal Rathore is a Bangalore-based photographer and an electrical engineer. His work has been published widely in national and international publications and his photographs have won accolades in various competitions across the globe. Over the last few years, Yashpal has been using remote camera setups to document species which have not been well-represented, including smaller nocturnal mammals.

Sanjay Kumar Shukla IFS

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Shukla is an officer of the 1992 batch of the Indian Forest Service allotted to the Madhya Pradesh Cadre. Presently, he serves as Member Secretary, Central Zoo Authority, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India. Dr. Shukla commands an extensive range of experience in different branches of forestry, including wildlife conservation. He also served as the Field Director of Kanha Tiger Reserve. A renowned conservation photographer, his images have been published in many national and international magazines. He also has, to his credit, several publications relating to conservation.


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