Accompanied by rangers, Emmanuel had climbed 700 metres to set up eight cameras, selecting areas with previous tiger sightings and evidence of recent use such as tracks, scratches and faeces. ‘The forests were nothing like I had ever seen,’ he says. ‘Every species was something new.’ Twenty-three days later, this Bengal tiger gazed directly into one of his cameras.
In the Kingdom of Bhutan, tigers are making a comeback. There are now thought to be 103 tigers living in the wild there – almost a third more than the last count in 1998. As Bhutan has developed, the country has created a network of wildlife corridors from one national park to the next to allow wildlife to roam relatively undisturbed.
Canon EOS 550D; Sigma 10–20mm f4–5.6 lens at 16mm; 1/20 sec at f9; ISO 200; Two Nikon SB-28 flashes; TrailMaster camera trigger + Camtraptions wireless flash triggers
Trongsa District, Bhutan
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Emmanuel Rondeau, France
Emmanuel is a film-maker, director of photography and photojournalist, specialising in wildlife conservation, science and history. He uses images to tell unknown and surprising stories, inspiring people to care about the planet. Emmanuel is also the founder of White Fox Pictures, a production company creating innovative content to raise awareness and change outlooks.