Wildlife photographer of the year winner focuses on elephants

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Bonnie Alter
Living / Culture
October 18, 2013

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Children get a chance too. Fourteen-year-old photographer Udayan Rao Pawar has been named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013. Shot in his native India, Mother's little headful depicts crocodiles on the banks of the Chambal River in Madhya Pradesh, India, which are under threat from illegal sand mining and fishing.

The judge explained:

The composition and timing of Udayan’s photograph is perfect. The mother’s gaze seems directed at you, appealing to you to let her live and thrive in peace. This image is beautiful and thought-provoking, but at the same time also wonderfully playful, making it a clear winner.