WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

10 Years and Under

Dhyey Shah, India

Black kites, red sunset

Dhyey was planning to photograph vultures when he spotted this scene: black kites gathering to roost as the setting sun turned the sky a vibrant, dusky red. Inspired by last year’s competition to experiment with silhouettes, Dhyey feels this image brings together ‘the beauty of all mother nature’s elements – sun, sky and wildlife’.

The carcasses of cows, camels and horses that are dumped at Jorbeer attract migratory and resident vultures, as well as black kites. Black kites are probably the most abundant birds of prey in the world. These raptors eat carrion, as well as live prey – even hovering around bush fires to pluck fleeing insects out of the air.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 70D; 100–400mm f4.5–5.6 lens; 1/500 sec at f5.6; ISO 400.


Jorbeer Conservation Reserve, Rajasthan, India: latitude 27.96674, longitude 73.37668 Jorbeer Conservation Reserve, Rajasthan, India: latitude 27.96674, longitude 73.37668

Jorbeer Conservation Reserve, Rajasthan, 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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