WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

10 Years and Under

Dhyey Shah, India

Golden relic

The tiny island of Umananda, in Assam’s Brahmaputra River, is famous for its Hindu temple patrolled by a troop of introduced golden langurs. Within moments of stepping off the boat, Dhyey captured an image of a golden langur sitting high up in a tree. The monkey briefly made eye contact and then slipped away.

With fewer than 2,500 mature adults left in the wild, the endangered golden langur clings to fragmented pockets of forest in northeast India and Bhutan. Like some other monkey species, this secretive primate has a stomach made up of compartments that allows it to break down cellulose and extract nutrients from leaves – their main food source.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 500D; 55-250mm f5.6 lens; 1/250 sec at f5.6; ISO 1250.


Umananda Island, Assam Basin, India: latitude 26.196741, longitude 91.744736 Umananda Island, Assam Basin, India: latitude 26.196741, longitude 91.744736

Umananda Island, Assam Basin, India

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Dhyey Shah

Dhyey Shah, India

Dhyey became interested in wildlife when he was four years old. He started taking photographs in 2011, focusing on birds. He would like to discover more of India's wildlife, and dreams of visiting Madagascar.

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