19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Black Panther

A portrait of a melanistic leopard that is wild and free. This black panther is one of the rarest animals to see in the wild. The big male roams free in the jungle of Nagarahole Tiger Reserve in India. My most sought after wild mammal, the melanistic leopard, combined with colors of nature and the rosettes pattern on his body created a euphoric once in a lifetime experience for me as a wildlife photographer.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Mysore, Kabini, India
Camera: NIKON D5