Hobbyist Bags First Prize in Sanctuary Awards

 

Aditya Singh

This image shows a bear fighting off a threatening tiger to protect her cub. It was awarded the first prize at the 12th Sanctuary Wildlife Awards. Photographer/Aditya Singh

This image shows a bear fighting off a threatening tiger to protect her cub. It was awarded the first prize at the 12th Sanctuary Wildlife Awards. Photographer/Aditya Singh

This story was originally published in January 2012.

“When the bear actually scared off the tigers, we were elated. Our guide was actually clapping. It was a big high!”

“When the bear actually scared off the tigers, we were
elated. Our guide was actually clapping. It was a
big high!”

Hobbyist photographer, Aditya Singh was recently awarded the first prize in the 12th Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2011 organised by Sanctuary Asia. The image, titled Mother’s Fury, was taken at the Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan and shows a mother sloth bear with two cubs on her back, fighting a male tiger.

Narrating the incident that preceded the capture, Aditya says, “I was heading towards this spot with the hope of finding pairs of mating tigers. Instead, I found tigers lazing around in the evening. An hour later, however, we saw a mother bear with two small cubs on her back heading towards the tigers. One of the tigers threateningly advanced towards the bear, triggering her fury.” The entire episode lasted less than two and a half minutes. His first thought was, “This cannot be happening. But after a few seconds, I realised it was a matter of staying calm and capturing the moment. That is much easier said than done! When the bear managed to scare off the tigers we were elated. My guide was actually clapping. It was a big high!”

Though a civil engineer by training, Aditya is very passionate about wildlife photography and has assisted wildlife documentary filmmakers and photographers for over 15 years.

— Written by Chandni Gajria

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