Shaaz Jung is a talented wildlife photographer who grew up fascinated by the jungle, specifically black panthers.
His passion turned to obsession when his ultimate goal was learning more about these mysterious big cats.
He spent years in the Kabini forest in India chasing his dream, and he has returned with some of the best photos.
“I spent two and a half years in Kabini Forest, from December 2017 to January 2020, under a filming license,” he said.
“This filming license allowed [me and the team] to make a documentary about black panther for National Geographic.”
“This black panther is a leopard with an abundance of melanin. Unlike the other cats in the Kabini Forest, there is only a black panther.”
“This of course makes him far harder for him to photograph. However, since 2015, photographers have been lucky enough to see him and take pictures.”
“However, we are the first to make a separate film about him.”
This demanding project has taught everyone who was working on it the art of patience. “It’s been an incredible journey.”
“I would like to thank the Karnataka Forest Service for protecting these forests.”
“Their hard work allows us to catch a glimpse of these beautiful animals that thrive in our India’s forests.”
“The camera allowed me to take pictures, immortalize these moments, enjoy life, and inspire the world.”
“Wildlife is unpredictable, and I love the challenge of tracking your subject before you can photograph it. It feels much more rewarding. ”