Winner, Young Category, Nature in Urbania

  • The winners of the prestigious Sanctuary Asia magazine photo contest award have been announced.
  • Many of the images portray the complicated and often dark relationship between humans and nature.
  • This year’s overall winner is particularly disturbing: It shows a mob pelting a mother elephant and her calf with flaming balls of tar.

On November 7, the Sanctuary Asia conservation magazine announced the winners from the 2017 Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards contest.

Many of the winning photos depict the complex — and often dark — interaction between humans and other living creatures. Some images, like the shot above by Sitara A. Karthikeyan, highlight the effects of disappearing habitats. That photo, titled “Valpari Vagrant”, shows how a combination of shrinking wild areas and tourists’ habit of feeding wild monkeys have led macaques to hang around humans, trying to co-exist as best they can.

The photo that won the overall wildlife photographer of the year contest, however, is particularly disturbing.

In the image below, “Hell is Here” by Biplab Hazra, a mob pelts a mother elephant and her calf with burning balls of tar.

Sanctuary's Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 is Biplab Hazra for his stunning image titled ‘Hell is Here'

It’s hard to look at. In the caption for the winning image, Hazra explained that this shocking scene is actually a common one.

“The heat from the fire scorches their delicate skin as mother and child attempt to flee the mob. In the lead, the cow’s expansive ears are angled forward as she stoically ignores the crowd of jeering men. Behind her, her calf screams in confusion and fear as the fire licks at her feet. Flaming tar balls and crackers fly through the air to a soundtrack of human laughter and shouts. In the Bankura district of Read More Here