Dear SAPOTY Judges

Full disclosure – this image is of a pangolin which was rehabilitated and fitted with a tracking device to monitor out in the wild. This is an animal was not manipulated for the photograph. I am unsure if this entry is acceptable. I hope these images continue to shed light on these enigmatic creatures.

This particular pangolin was rescued from traffickers and rehabilitated.

Despite their placid nature, they are incredibly difficult to photograph. I spend a fair amount of time leopard crawling on all fours through the bush trying to capture him. Every twig or blade of grass obscures them and they walk in a rather unpredictable zig zag as they forage. This pangolin ran straight towards camera with me lying on the ground. I loved how the scales radiate outwards.

I never realised the beauty, tones and warmth of their scales.