Pheonix by Saptarshi Gayen

Winner – Under 16 category

Image title: Pheonix
Photographer: Saptarshi Gayen
Location: India
Equipment used: Nikon D7100 and Nikon 200-500mm

Caption information:

 For the last 4-5 years I have seen that, at the end of every winter, farmers of this huge grassland generally burn the grass and reeds to clean the land for upcoming crops.

When the fire spreads across the land, small insects start coming out. Then the brave Black Drongo starts capitalising on such a moment by eating them and flying above the live fire. The birds usually sit on a branch fearlessly and watch the movements of the insects as the fire spreads into a new area, then it flies close to the fire for the catch. This is a full frame image, and the calmness of the Drongo reminds me of the Roman Emperor Nero.