A truly awful picture showing a baby elephant and her mother running for their lives after being set on fire has won a wildlife photography competition.

The disturbing picture shows the two elephants running away from a crowd, as people hurled flaming balls of tar and crackers at them.

The award winning photo was taken by Biplab Hazra, the photo titled: ‘Hell is here’, was captured in the Bankura district of West Bengal, where human-elephant conflict is common.

Biplab Hazra said: “For these smart, gentle, social animals who have roamed the subcontinent for centuries, hell is now and here.

“It is frequently found that people dwelling near forest take resort to various methods which disturb the wild animals & make them ferocious to take revenge.”

India is home to 30,000 Asian elephants and boasts over 70% of the global population of the animal.

It is not know if the two elephants in the picture survived.