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Bengal Businessman’s Pics Attract World’s Attention to His Fight For Elephants

The ‘Hell is Here’ photo led Biplab Hazra earning the wildlife and conservation magazine Sanctuary Asia’s photographer of the year in 2017.

In 2017, the photograph of an elephant mother-calf duo desperately trying to escape the flaming fireballs and crackers that were being hurled at them by a jeering mob, caught the world’s attention.

Titled ‘Hell is Here,’ this poignant shot sheds light on the disconcerting reality of man versus wildlife conflicts and the extreme measures taken by humans to drive animals away from their land.

The photographer behind the picture was Biplab Hazra.

Biplab hails from the town of Bishnupur in West Bengal’s Bankura district. He owns a brick kiln business and took to wildlife photography in the early 2000s.

“I’d spent my childhood roaming in the forests near my town. As the years passed, I observed how development projects were slowly encroaching into the wildlife corridors and how animals, especially elephants, were the worst hit. Perhaps that was when the need to raise awareness on this grave concern took root in me,” says Biplab to The Better India.

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Tags: #animals, #conservation, #elephants
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