In the hills of Meghalaya, northeast India, 'hunting is engrained in the culture,' says Sandesh. 'Everything is eaten.' Sandesh was photographing a pile of frogs that had been skinned and were drying in the sun when this little boy ran into his house and returned proudly holding a bird. 'He had shot the blue whistling thrush with a catapult that morning, and it was barely alive,' says Sandesh. Wildlife is becoming increasingly scarce in the area, not so much because of hunting but because of forest loss to logging, cultivation and development projects. The best hunting areas are now the few pockets of undisturbed natural vegetation, many of them supposedly protected areas.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 24-105mm f4 lens; 1/60 sec at f5; ISO 800.
Central Meghalaya, India