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Exclusive News : Baiju Patil win prize in Wild Maharashtra Photography compitation

BAIJU PATIL – 'Blue-tailed Bee-eater'
From Konkan's marine biomes, the 'water towers' and evergreen forests of the Sahyadri ranges in the Western Ghats and the grasslands of the Deccan Plateau to Vidarbha's tiger-stocked Satpuda Range and Marathwada's semi-arid biotope -- the Sanctuary-MTDC photo exhibition will take you on a journey like never before.

In an endeavour to shine a spotlight on Maharashtra's most diverse and beautiful ecosystems, the threats to them and to encourage wildlife lovers to visit these wonderful destinations, Sanctuary Asia and the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) have organised a photo exhibition showcasing some of the most stunning images ever taken. Starting from September 27, 2012, the four-day photo exhibition will give an opportunity to Mumbaikars, tourists and industry stakeholders to get a new perspective on the state's amazing tourism potential. The exhibition is a presentation of selected images from over 1,200 entries submitted for the Sanctuary Asia 'Wild Maharashtra Photography Contest'. The exquisite images are also featured in Sanctuary's large-format book, Wild Maharashtra, edited by Bittu Sahgal and Lakshmy Raman and published by Sanctuary Asia, which is scheduled to be launched on October 3, 2012.

First Prize winning image Blue-tailed Bee-eater by Baiju Patil
A Blue-tailed Bee-eater in Maharashtra's Jayakwadi Dam and Bird Sanctuary, embodies the true sense of being wild as, incredibly, it emerges from placid waters in the manner of a kingfisher! The birds sometimes cool off this way in high summer. Bee-eaters generally live in wooded habitats and hawk insects on the wing. They nest in narrow tunnels, excavated into mud banks.

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