PHOTO: Shock as mother elephant and baby run for their lives after mob set them on fire

A shocking picture showing two elephants running for their lives after being set on fire has won a wildlife photography competition.

The photo was taken by Biplab Hazra in the Bankura district of West Bengal, India where unfortunately there is conflict between locals and elephants.

The picture won the contest run by Sanctuary wildlife magazine, which said when announcing the award that 'this sort of humiliation... is routine'.

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Poaching of elephants has become a crisis in Africa and especially in Kenya. According to the Great Elephant Census, elephants had declined by 30% in a period spanning 8 years (2007-2014).

A study conducted by a team at Colorado State University also showed that up to 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa within three years that is, 2010 and 2012 because of the illegal poaching trade.