Mumbai: mid-day photographer Pradeep Dhivar wins award for striking picture of leopard at Aarey

Updated: Dec 18, 2017, 16:41 IST | A Correspondent | Mumbai

"For three years, I had been visiting Aarey Colony in the hopes of photographing a leopard, but this is the first time I had such an intimate encounter with the big cat," says mid-day photographer Pradeep Dhivar, who won the Mumbai Press Club's photo

"For three years, I had been visiting Aarey Colony in the hopes of photographing a leopard, but this is the first time I had such an intimate encounter with the big cat," says mid-day photographer Pradeep Dhivar, who won the Mumbai Press Club's photo contest, Mumbai Moments 2018, for this striking picture of a young leopard resting on the rooftop of a cattle shed.

Leopard

"Normally, these animals disappear on spotting humans, but this leopard spent about 10 minutes with us; it seemed to be in a good mood. Shot around 2.30 am, the picture was captured by a handheld DSLR, not a camera trap. Only torchlight - no flash - was used to illuminate the picture," Dhivar added. His photograph was chosen from 700 entries sent by 70 photographers.

Pradeep Dhivar
Pradeep Dhivar

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