2017 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd prize

Big Cat in My Backyard


Nayan Khanolkar

24 September, 2016

A leopard walks at night through Aarey Milk Colony, a residential, recreational and farming settlement adjacent to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, in suburban Mumbai.

Some 35 leopards live in the park and increasingly venture into surrounding areas in search of prey such as the stray dogs that gather round garbage dumps. This raises the potential for human-leopard conflict, with reports both of attacks on humans, and of leopards caught in poaching traps.

About the photographer

Nayan Khanolkar

A decade-long career of bird photography, which gave him acclaim, was followed by an opportunity to work on documenting big cats in urban areas. Urban leopards have been his obse...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
Focal length
22.0 mm
Nikon D300

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