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Young Shutterbugs

Young Shutterbugs

This photo feature showcases five young photographers, who are lighting up the conservation and wildlife photography arena in India.

Pradyuman Pramod Samant Photo: Pradyuman Pramod Samant.

Pradyuman Pramod Samant, 14: “What began as a hobby two years ago has now turned into a full-fledged passion. But I don’t want to restrict myself to only photography and would like to pursue further studies in wildlife and conservation biology.”

A frog peeps out from a water body at the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra. Photo: Pradyuman Pramod Samant.

“I felt really disappointed on my first wildlife expedition to the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka in April 2013 as I wasn't able to shoot images properly due to my lack of knowledge of my camera's features. However, under the mentorship of Dr. Caesar Sengupta and Kiran Poonacha, I picked up some skills and clicked some images of birds at the Bharatpur National Park in Rajasthan. This gave me a lot of confidence. I have visited some of the best wildlife destinations in India and Nepal including Bandipur, Tadoba, Ranthambhore, Bharatpur and Chitwan and visiting Kenya is on my mind now.”

A Great White Pelican in flight at the Velavadar National Park in Gujarat. Photo: Dhyey Shah.

Dhyey Shah, 8: “I was drawn towards wildlife when I was four years old. One place that I have always dreamed of visiting is the island of Madagascar.”

A flock of Demoiselle Cranes at Khichan, Rajasthan. Photo: Dhyey Shah.

“My parents bought me my first Fujifilm camera two years ago and I have been busy going on photography expeditions with them ever since. I like to make my own bird and mammal checklists based on the places that I have visited, which include Bharatpur, Corbett, Ranthambhore, Pangot-Sattal, Dandeli-Ganeshgudi, Little Rann of Kutchh, Greater Rann of Kutchh, Nalsarovar, Velavadar National Park, Sasan Gir, Thol Bird Sanctuary and the wetlands near Vadodara. I make it a point to read about the wildlife found in Africa and South America, apart from the Indian subcontinent to increase my knowledge. I now use a Canon 500D with a 55-250 mm. lens.”

A Barn Swallow flies over the blue waters of the Ramganga river in Corbett. Photo: Ayush Chauhan.

Ayush Chauhan, 15: “My passion for wildlife began when I visited the Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand at the age of seven. I would like to use my images through various publications to spread awareness about wildlife conservation.”

A chital herd enjoys the lush grass of the Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand. Photo: Ayush Chauhan.

“My wildlife photography journey began two years ago, and I have visited the Corbett Tiger Reserve, Gir National Park and Pench Tiger Reserve. I have also undertaken many initiatives in my school to promote wildlife photography. I strongly feel that photography can play a role in making us understand that we are all part of the same ecosystem and that every being has as much right to life as us.”

The chicks of a Grey Francolin follow their mother at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. Photo: Daksh Sharma.

Daksh Sharma, 15: “I first visited the Corbett Tiger Reserve along with my father when I was six. After that, it was a series of memorable visits to Corbett and Ranthambore, tagging along with other seasoned wildlife photographers that honed my skills.”

Sultan is one of the star attractions of Ranthambhore and has been widely photographed. Photo: Daksh Sharma.

“I never shied away from photographing with my point and shoot camera. Later, my father bought me my dream gear –a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 60 D, Canon 7 D with a Canon300 mm. lens. I have been to the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh and the Tadoba Tiger Reserve in Maharastra several times in the past one year, and Ranthambhore has become my preferred haunt of late. I rue missing some great opportunities of photographing tigers during my initial visits due to my lack of know-how, but now I am constantly trying to learn more and improve my skills.”

The tiger T2 at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan.
Photo: Sanyam Gupta.

Sanyam Gupta, 17: “As a child, watching Discovery channel on TV was my favourite pastime. Reading about photographers and going through National Geographic photographs followed automatically.”

A Pond Heron takes flight at Jalmahal in Jaipur. Photo: Sanyam Gupta.

“I imbibed my parents' passion for wildlife and nature at a very young age. Weekly trips to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai were a refreshing change from my monotonous routine of learning statistics and doing calculations as a Commerce student. My father, an avid photographer himself, encouraged me to take on photography seriously. I recently visited the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, which brought me closer to the wildlife that I always wanted to capture. I have now graduated from using a Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 to a Canon EOS 60D.I love photography because it brings me close to nature and each experience has left me asking for more. Seeing an animal in the wild is most definitely an heart-stopping moment – something that everyone must experience.”

First appeared in: Sanctuary Asia Cub, Issue Vol. No. 34, July  2014.


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Valmi Shah Shirodkar

July 9, 2014, 08:44 PM
 WOW!! Real amazing images. This is called catching them young in real sense. Waiting for more images from the young photographers
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Mallika Narvekar

July 8, 2014, 04:35 PM
 What wonderful images! Sanctuary is doing an amazing job encouraging young wildlife photographers to continue doing what they are doing.
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