Contortions Pay Off
Dinath Senila of St Benedict’s (above) sends Wesley batsman Sanithu Amarasinghe (below) back to the pavilion, caught behind.

• 800mm • f/11 • 1/1250 • ISO1600 • Canon R6, with an RF800/11 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

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The Bens celebrate the dismissal on their way to beating Wesley College by 19 runs in the Luke Shield one-day encounter at the Sinhalese Sports Club. Colombo, 25th March 2023.

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‘Taking Cool What E’er Befall…’
Spirits flag in the Wesley stands as their team mounts a futile chase of the Bens’ 241 runs, at the Sinhalese Sports Club, in Colombo. 25th March 2023. By close of play, St Benedict’s College had retained the Luke Shield, Wesley College falling short by 19 runs.

• 800mm • f/11 • 1/1250 • ISO3200 • Canon R6, with an RF800/11 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Lost Glory
The third, and uppermost, flight of the spectacular 13th century Yapahuwa stairway, leading to the entrance of what was likely once the Temple of the Tooth. After repeated South Indian invasions, Lanka’s ancient northern capitals had been abandoned (Anuradhapura in 1017, and Polonnaruwa in 1237), until King Bhuvanekabahu I established Yapauwa in 1272, as the capital of the Dambadeniya Kingdom. On his death in 1287, however, the Dravidians invaded and captured the city and, with it, the Tooth Relic of the Buddha; considered one of Buddhism’s holiest icons, and synonymous with royal rule on the island. With that, Yapahuwa was largely abandoned as well, becoming a hermitage for monks and ascetics. Sri Lanka, May 2022.

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One Year On, More Questions than Answers in Sri Lanka
Black flags hang over Jampettah Street, leading to the damaged St Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, close to the Colombo Port, days after a bomb killed more than a hundred worshippers on Easter Sunday in 2019. The clock in the church bell tower, stricken by the explosion, still displays the time of the attack — 8.45am. (David Blacker / Polaris Images)
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The Burning of a King

The Pidurangala Viharaya, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on
The stupa of the 5th century Pidurangala Viharaya, sitting in the shadow of Pidurangala Mountain, is believed to be the site of Kashyapa I’s funeral pyre. One of the most famous kings in Sri Lankan history, Kashyapa seized his father Dhatusena’s throne in a coup d’etat, moved the capital from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya, and then fell on his own sword when his army was defeated by that of his half brother Moggalana. The fortress he built atop the Sigiriya rock is arguably Sri Lanka’s best known tourist attraction. Shot for my photo story, “Sigiriya and Pidurangala“, which runs in the April 2018 issue of Serendib magazine.