Bengal tiger with catchlight in water hole

Bengal tiger with catchlight in water hole
Bengal tiger with catchlight in water hole

Bengal tiger with catchlight in water hole

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A Bengal tigress with a catchlight in her eye lies up to her neck in the dark shadows of a water hole. Her name is Maya 'The Enchantress', and she has orange and black stripes with white patches on her head. Shot with a Nikon D810 in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in India on 13 May 2017, which just happened to be my birthday!
ISO 220, 800mm, f/5.6, 1/1000

This image won the Exodus Travels Monthly Photo Competition in July 2017, a Readers’ Choice award from ePHOTOzine and first place in Art Room Gallery's 'Nature' competition in March 2018 (see video):

"We know only too well how demanding wildlife photography can be. And whilst there are plenty of decent tiger portraits around, this one is different; this animal is in repose, with the warm, early morning light on her face. The dark background only highlights her catwalk credentials. Top shot, top cat." Paul Goldstein

It was shortlisted for the PhotoX 2018 Art Gemini Prize and exhibited at the Menier Gallery. It was also Highly Commended in the Society of International Wildlife and Nature Photographers' Life on Earth competition and SINWP's Joys of Nature Photography Competition, and it was runner-up in The Daily Telegraph's weekly Big Picture competition.

It finished 10th in the photography category of Light, Space & Time's Nature Art Exhibition in 2017.

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