MUST SEE: Amazing award-winning wildlife photos
Last updated on: December 5, 2011 14:57 IST
Here are three winning entries of the Wildlife Photography Awards announced by Sanctuary Asia to encourage budding wildlife enthusiasts to protect and conserve forests and nature.
Also, check out the photographs that were shortlisted but despite being spectacular couldn't make the mark.
Sanctuary Asia was launched in 1981 and has been edited since by Bittu Sahgal, one of the strongest voices for biodiversity protection, climate change action in India.
Beginning with the entries that were categorised as 'special mentions' by Sanctuary Asia, a virtual junction for wildlife conservation news and campaigns across India.
1. Tables Turned by Lalith Ekanayake
This leopard (Panthera pardus) barely made it to the tree when a wild pig (Sus scrofa) in Sri Lanka's Yala National Park charged at it. Though it is the largest predator on the island it knows better than to risk injury from the razor-sharp tusks of a full-grown, angry wild pig.
Forests are filled with such dramatic moments and keeping such biodiversity-rich areas free of human disturbance is vital to any successful conservation effort.
Image: Tables Turned
Photographs: Lalith Ekanayake