Best wild life Photographers from India

Best wild life Photographers from India

Wildlife photography is a genre of photography concerned with documenting various forms of wildlife in
their natural habitat.

As well as requiring photography skills, wildlife photographers may need field craft skills. For example,
some animals are difficult to approach and thus a knowledge of the animal’s behavior is needed in order
to be able to predict its actions.

While wildlife photographs can be taken using basic equipment, successful photography of some types
of wildlife requires specialist equipment, such as macro lenses for insects, long focal length lenses for
birds and underwater cameras for marine life. However, a great wildlife photograph can also be the result
of being in the right place at the right time and often involves a good understanding of animal behavior in
order to anticipate interesting situations to capture in photography.With passion and dedication one can
master this art. Many Indian’s are into wild life photography and Here we list top wild life photographers
from India.

Rathika Ramasamy

Born in a village Venkatachalapuram near Theni,a town in Southern India,Rathika has always had a
fierce connect with the drama of nature.Now she is based in Chennai. An MBA/Computer Engineer, she
was drawn towards the photographic capture of this drama as a career in 2003 at Bharatpur Bird
Sanctuary, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Rathika is arguably one of India’s foremost wildlife photographers. She is passionate about birds and is
specializing in bird photography. In documenting birds through her photographs, she has developed a
style of technical excellence combined with a captivating story. She has travelled to most of the National
parks in India, and has also been to national parks in Africa. For wildlife photography is not only for her a
passion, but a powerful medium to help conserve nature. She is a member of (NPS)Nikon’s Professional
Services. Her work has been appreciated and featured in several national and international publications
as well as exhibitions. She regularly conducts wildlife photography workshops and holds talks all over
India. She has served on the jury panel for national and international Photography competitions.She
loves to shoot Indian forest, as she believes India has one of the best Fauna & Flora .She clicks her
pictures with the motto: Every time I press the shutter ,it’s one step closer to Mother Nature.

In September 2005, she participated in the “Clean Ganga Campaign” and exhibited her work at the India
International Center, New Delhi along with her photographer friends. In 2007, she worked on the
calendar for the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University that featured birds of the campus, New Delhi. She was selected as one of the top bird photographers in India by ‘Birds of India’ in 2008.2010 February- Rathika published her first photo book on “Bird photography” Photo book collection of her best images.2014 Rathika published her “The Best of Wildlife Moments”, a photo book of wildlife moments from her collection.

Feb 2015 Rathika has been conferred the “Inspiring Icon Award” from the prestigious Sathyabama
University, Chennai.

June 2015 She has been conferred the ICF( The International Camera Fair)award for the outstanding
performance and achievements in wildlife photography.

2015 Rathika is one of the jury for 4th National Photography Awards, organized by Photo Division
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, New Delhi, on 20th March 2015.

2016 She was invited to be one of the Jury for the Siena International Photo awards, and URBAN 2016
Photo Awards, Italy

“Every time I press the shutter,it takes me one step closer to Mother Nature”-Rathika Ramasamy

Sudhir Shivaram

Sudhir Shivaram is one of India’s most respected wildlife photographers. A long and lucrative career in
the IT industry did not diminish Sudhir’s passion for photography but on the contrary, ensured that he
never lost touch with his wild side. So much so that he bid adieu to the corporate jungle to spend more
time in the real one.

His pictures are noteworthy for their technically sophisticated and evocative character, generating
appropriate moods to move viewers. This green evangelist campaigns for wildlife protection around the
world and gives freely of his time and images to raise awareness about nature and wildlife. He also talks
about his work and the state of wildlife to young people across the world hoping to inspire and win their
commitment to this cause so dear to him.

Sudhir was one of the brand ambassadors for Canon India and was a Canon contract photographer. He
is the recipient of Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 award. He has also been
recognized as India’s 5th most influential person in the photography industry during Asian Photography
2015 awards. In order to share his passion for wildlife photography and the extensive knowledge he has
acquired in this field, Sudhir holds photography workshops and Wildlife photo tours to mentor both
beginners and advanced photographers enhance their skills and understanding of nature and wildlife

At this year’s worldwide editorial awards held at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C.,
National Geographic Traveller India’s September 2013 cover featuring Sudhir’s image won the Yellow
Border Award for the best cover across 14 language editions of the magazine worldwide.

Sandesh Kadur

Sandesh Kadur creates award-winning wildlife documentary films and photography books exposing the
need to conserve threatened species and habitats around the world.

Sandesh Kadur has been sitting in a concealed blind, camera trained on a rhino carcass, for six
uneventful days. Silent, back-aching, ten-hour, hundred degree days. The rhino died of natural causes
and should be a mouthwatering magnet for a hungry tiger, but so far only buzzing flies have come
calling. The decision to return to the blind for a seventh day seems irrational but is hugely rewarded. Not
one, not two, but three stunning tigers arrive and feed—behavior never before captured on film. The
week epitomizes the “three Ps” Kadur lives by: patience, perseverance, and passion.

Kadur hopes his photographs, videos, and documentaries will reveal places and species people rarely
see and will inspire new passion to protect them. His work spans cloud forests and endangered sea
turtles in Mexico, rain forests and king cobras in India, the breeding cycle of threatened birds in
Indonesia, and orphaned clouded leopards being rehabilitated back to the Himalayan jungle. “I help
people connect emotionally with the beauty of the wilderness, bring conservation issues to light, and
raise awareness in a way that fosters respect and concern. I don’t just want to take pretty pictures,” he
says. “I also try to make powerful graphic images that expose how much we are losing.”

Often his work provides a first ever glimpse of certain animal behaviors in the wild. He caught the 12-
foot-long stars of his king cobra documentary courting, fighting, mating, and nest building—action rarely
witnessed in the wild. The locations he explores, often for many months at a time, may be the only
corners of the world where particular species exist. His latest quest takes him to remote regions of the
eastern Himalaya in search of the clouded leopard, a cat so elusive and undocumented that Kadur calls
it the holy grail of wildlife photographers. “I’m shining a global spotlight on rare animals most people will
never be able to meet face-to-face.”

No place holds more personal significance to Kadur than the site of his very first documentary, the
Western Ghats. This ancient mountain range in southwestern India remains one of the most biologically
diverse places on the planet, home to hundreds of globally threatened species, crucial to the monsoon
weather pattern, and a water source for hundreds of millions of people.

“It’s very important to me to have opportunities to make films in my home country, India,” Kadur notes. “In
fact, the Western Ghats launched my career quite by accident.” Kadur had never touched a video camera when he had the last-minute, mind-boggling opportunity to become writer-director-cameraman- editor for a Western Ghats documentary on which he was only slated to be an apprentice. He read instructions about how to turn on the camera, insert tape, and hit record on his way to the shoot. Four years later the film Sahyadris: Mountains of the Monsoons won worldwide acclaim, prestigious awards, and an international television audience.

More important to Kadur, the film and his accompanying book of photographs were part of the
submission that helped convince UNESCO to name the Western Ghats a World Heritage site. “Using my
work to help special places and species become protected and preserved is my ultimate dream.” While
pursuing that dream is anything but glamorous, he calls filming in extreme heat, monsoon downpours,
and leech-infested jungles “a humbling privilege.”

Ironically, his most vivid memory of the natural world happened without a camera in hand. “When I was a
teenager, I had climbed up a big tree above a jungle trail that led to a watering hole. Suddenly,
illuminated in full moonlight, a leopard appeared on the path directly below my dangling feet. That
moment is etched in my mind more deeply than any photograph or video. I’ll never forget it,” he says. His
passion bloomed. Given a camera, he took pictures of any creature he couldn’t identify. Given a bike, he
skipped school, cycled to a reserve, and observed elephants. Given a set of nature documentaries, he
played and replayed them endlessly. “Those films I watched 20 years ago had such a profound impact
on me. I just hope my work will have the same kind of impact on the next generation.”

kalyan varma

He a wildlife photographer, filmmaker, naturalist and explorer dedicated to documenting wildlife and the
environmental issues that define our times. freelance with many of the world’s leading magazines,
environmental NGOs and television channels like Nat Geo and BBC.

Over the last decade, worked on many landmark blue chip wildlife series for the BBC and National
Geographic channel. My work has appeared in many publications worldwide, including National
Geographic, Nature, The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Lonely Planet and other

Along with a team of photographers I founded India Nature Watch, an online community which now has
become the largest platform for upcoming wildlife photographers in Asia. Also the co-founder of Asia’s
largest nature photography festival Nature In Focus. Sharing my knowledge of photography, wildlife, and
people across various platforms including workshops and seminars is an important part of the work I do.

He collaborate with wildlife scientists, conservationists, policy makers, activists and educators on
conservation action, activism, documentation, books and film projects. I actively work with Nature
Conservation Foundation and VGKK in India.

“I hope to combine an artist’s eye with a journalist’s curiosity and sense of storytelling in my visual style,
resulting in a body of work I hope will inspire the viewer to discover more. Using narrative and visual
construction i strive to lure the audience into the subject, prompting them to ask questions rather than
accept a ‘standard version’ of changing landscapes”.

Currently live in Bangalore. Was born in Vizag.

Stayed in many places in south India. Most of my schooling has been in Kendriya Vidyalaya.

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering: PESIT, 2001 (but can barely fix my own car)

Worked in Yahoo for 3 years looking after application security and cryptography.

Employee no 5 in Yahoo Bangalore. Won Yahoo! Superstar award in 2003. He quit the company in

Spent a year in BR hills, working as a naturalist with Jungle lodges.

Founded community based non-profit ecotourism project in BR hills

Sanctuary wildlife photographer of the year 2005, BBC wildlife photographer of the year 2013.

INK fellow for 2011 and my talk is here

Nature Documentaries

Over the last few years, have been working on various nature documentaries for many international
productions. I freelance with BBC Natural History unit and National Geographic Channel and other
independent production companies like Icon films, Tigress Productions and Off the fence. Have played
various roles in the productions including director of photography, assistant producer, photographer,
researcher, sound recordist and fixer for national and international productions in the last few years.
Some of the films he worked on are listed below:

Wild Karntaka – Karnataka Forest Department 2016-2017

BBC Wild Cats 2016-2017 (In production)

Brahmaputra – Sky River of the Himalayas series – ORF Universum, 2016

BBC India: Natures Wonderland series – BBC, 2015

Wonders of the Monsoon series – BBC, 2012 – 2014

Life Stories series – BBC, 2012

Secrets of Wild India: Tiger Jungles – Icon films for National Geographic Channel, 2011

Secrets of Wild India: Desert Lions – Icon films for National Geographic Channel, 2011

Wildest India: Western Ghats – Off The Fence for Discovery, 2011

Million snake bites – Icon films for BBC Natural World, 2009

A Hunter’s tale – Nature Conservation Foundation, 2008

Mountains of the Monsoon – Icon films for BBC Natural World, 2007

Shekar Dattatri

Shekar Dattatri’s lifelong fascination with wildlife began at the age of 13, when he joined the famous
Madras Snake Park as a student-volunteer. This led to nature photography and, subsequently, to
filmmaking. His first film, ‘A Cooperative for Snake Catchers’, won the National Award in 1987 for Best
Scientific Film. His next two documentaries, ‘Seeds of Hope’, and ‘Silent Valley – An Indian Rainforest’
were also National Award winners.

‘Silent Valley’, completed in 1991, also won several international awards, including a Special Jury Award
at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in America, a top honor at the Sondrio International Film
Festival on Parks and Protected Areas and Best Nature Film Award at the Tokyo Earthvision Festival.
The same year, he was awarded an Inlaks Scholarship to spend eight months working with Oxford
Scientific Films in the UK – at the time, one the foremost companies in the world producing natural
history and science programmers for television.

Since then, Shekar has worked with some of the world’s leading broadcasters of wildlife programmers,
including the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC Natural History Unit. Some of his
films as a producer/cameraman include, ‘The Good Snake’, ‘Nagarahole – Tales from An Indian Jungle’,

‘Monsoon – India’s God of Life’, and ‘The Ridley’s Last Stand’. In 1998, the UK trade magazine,
Television Business International, rated him as one of the top ten rising stars of wildlife filmmaking in the
world. He has also served on the final juries of several prestigious wildlife and environmental film
festivals, including Wildscreen, UK, the Sondrio film festival on Parks and Protected Areas, Italy, the
Japan Wildlife Film Festival, and the international section of the Vatavaran Wildlife and Environment Film
Festival, India.

In 2004 he won a Rolex Award for Enterprise for his work in conservation filmmaking. In 2008 he won the
Edberg Award, conferred by the Edberg Foundation in Sweden. From 2007 to 2010 he was a Member of the National Board for Wildlife, a high level advisory body of the Government of India. He is the co- founder of Conservation India, an online portal to enable conservation action.

Moving away from television documentaries in 2000, and working closely with conservation NGOs in
India, Shekar has been using his skills as a filmmaker to make hard-hitting advocacy films on
conservation issues. One of these films, ‘Mindless Mining – The Tragedy of Kudremukh’, helped bring an
end to extremely damaging iron ore mining within a rainforest National Park in south India.

Besides filmmaking, Shekar also writes popular articles on wildlife, conservation and filmmaking. He is
the author of three children’s books, ‘The Riddle of the Ridley’, ‘Lai Lai the Baby Elephant’ and ‘Ira the
Little Dolphin’. He lives in Chennai, south India


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