Indian Winners of BBC Wildlife Camera Trap Competition 2012

The secrets of the jungle life have never been revealed so unabashedly as with the use of camera traps. These digital cameras have literally become the ears and eyes of the biologists. They do not need to sleep, eat or sit in cramped crevices for hours to get a glimpse of a shy snow leopard or an inquisitive hare. The cameras reveal some known and some surprisingly unknown facts of wildlife and the winning images in this year’s BBC Wildlife camera-trap competition results prove that Indian naturalists are not just using the technology leap but reaping rich rewards from these candid clicks.

The BBC wildlife camera trap competition was established in 2010 and in merely two years the contest has received hundreds of entries from all over the world of photographs of animals in their natural best. The researchers and organizations participating in the competition not only get a chance to share their finds with the world but win funding for their projects.

India’s Rewards

The beautiful image of a Chinese leopard taken by Zhou Zhefeng for a project funded by the Shanxi Wocheng Institute of Ecology and Environment, won the Overall and Animal Portraits Category this year  securing the top prize of £3,000. But Indian entries won in quite a number of categories.

Here are the Indian winners and their winning images,

Animal Behaviour Winner:

Tiger eating rhino by Sandesh Kadur, India

  Animal Behaviour runner-up:


Spitting sloth bear by Anil Cherukupalli, India

Animal Behaviour commended:



Hyena scavenging prey by WWF-India

Animal Portraits runner-up:

Snow leopard by Rishi Kumar Sharma, India

New Discoveries commended:

Asiatic black bear by WWF-India, Manas National Park.

If you wish to see the other winning images visit Discoverwildlife

Let’s hope the electronic eyes keep giving us such rare glimpses of nature for a long long time.

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About Atula Gupta

Atula Gupta is the Founder and Editor of Her work has appeared in a number of international websites, dailies and magazines including The Wire, Deccan Herald, New Indian Express, Down to Earth and Heritage India on issues related to environment and its conservation. She is also the author of Environment Science Essentials, a set of books for school children. She hopes this website provides a platform for people to be aware about species in the verge of extinction and heighten their conservation efforts.

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