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Nine Wildlife Photographers To Follow

Nine Wildlife Photographers To Follow

This selection of splendid wildlife frames confirms that women are shaking India’s conservation photography world.

Ethereal submergence

The mystical Agumbe Rainforest, drenched in early monsoon showers, brings with it the emergence of stunning wildlife. This handsome golden-backed frog Hylarana sp., perched on half-submerged grass stalks, was discovered by Tasneem in a meadow where she lay half-submerged herself, in the middle of the night, braving the cold, wet weather and leeches. The image provides us a glimpse of that other, ethereal world of amphibians, from their vantage point.

The image also made it to the cover of Saevus magazine.

Location: Agumbe, Karnataka

Camera: Nikon D300, Lens: Tokina 10-17 mm. + Sea & Sea underwater housing, Shutter speed: 1/100 sec., Aperture: f/8, ISO: 400, Focal length: 17 mm.

Image taken: August 9, 2013; 10:47 p.m.

Presently the Field Director of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ Environmental Team, Tasneem Khan believes that science plays a crucial role in conservation. Photography is more than artistic expression for her - it’s a medium for observation and learning.

Photo: Tasneem Khan.

Unquenchable Gaze

This enigmatic feline nonchalantly stepped down from its tree perch, possibly for a drink, when it froze in response to alarm calls echoing in the forest. An awestruck.

Anuradha watched and photographed in fascination as the leopard hesitated and then in a flash, disappeared into the foliage, leaving her wondering if the golden apparition had been a figment of her imagination.

Location: Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra

Camera: Canon 7D, Lens: Canon 400 mm. 2.8 + 1.4x TC, Shutter speed: 1/400 sec., Aperture: F/4, ISO: 400, Focal length: 560 mm.

Image taken: November 14, 2013; 5:00 p.m.

A former IT professional, Anuradha Marwah now travels extensively to wildernesses across the country, pursuing her passion for wildlife and conservation photography.

Photo: Anuradha Marwah.

Brawling Bulls

The dramatic scene of the two handsome bulls engaged in a mock fight unfolded under threatening, overcast skies, across the banks of Sri Lanka’s Mahaweli river. Arati captured this picture-perfect frame knowing that elephant herds gather here to gorge on the nutritious grass that grows wild and free on mud banks that are exposed when the waters recede.

Location: Banks of the Mahaweli river, Sri Lanka

Camera: Nikon D7000, Lens: Nikon 70-300 mm., Shutter speed: 1/8000 sec., Aperture: f/2.8, ISO: 400, Focal length: 24 mm.

Image taken: August 28, 2011; 5:32 p.m.

Arati Kumar-Rao is an environmental photographer and journalist documenting the effects of land-use and river-use change on ecosystems, lives, and livelihoods.

Photo: Arati Kumar-Rao.

Coming Home

The purity of this tender moment reveals the happiness and relief of a cub on the return of her mother who managed to bring back a hard-won kill. The image captures the emotion that most people do not believe animals possess. The truth is that wild creatures are temperamental, sensitive and intelligent. Love and caring is not the exclusive domain of humans.

Location: Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Lens: Canon 70-200 mm. f/2.8, Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec., Aperture: f/2.8, ISO: 1250, Focal length: 200 mm.

Image taken: March 3, 2015; 5:32 p.m.

Hajra Ahmad let her love for the art of photography lead her down the wildlife road. After specialising in wildlife and travel photography, she set base in Ranthambhore as a Camp Manager at Sher bagh.

Photo: Hajra Ahmad.

Stepping into a Painting

This breathtaking, surrealistic capture beckons you into a forest wonderland where a mystical antelope and a bird are ready to lead the way. Sugandhi Belur was at the beautiful Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, when winter was coming to a graceful end, setting the perfect scene of a breaking dawn with just the right amount of mist and sunlight.

Location: Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Lens: Canon 500 mm. f/4 IS, Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec., Aperture: f/5.6, ISO: 640, Focal length: 500 mm.

Image taken: February 20, 2015; 5:32 p.m.

A Bengaluru-based wildlife photographer and filmmaker, Sugandhi Belur is driven by her love for wildlife and the art of photography and regularly volunteers with wildlife and conservation organisations.

Photo: Sugandhi Belur.

Humbling Privilege

What you see here is an extraordinary image of a magnificent wild red panda in its quintessential old-growth, Himalayan forest habitat. Most images of this very beautiful creature have been taken in one of many zoos. Not so this relaxed arboreal mammal, in flesh and blood. The duo of Megh Roy Choudhury and Prasanna A. V. wrote to say that after years of tramping through India’s wildernesses, fate finally smiled upon them in the shape and form of their subject, resting high up on a moss-laden tree in the dense canopy of Singalila National Park, at an altitude of 2,700 m. Apart from climate change, such exquisite creatures must now also deal with the false ambitions of humans who are hell-bent on destroying these fragile slopes under dam reservoirs, roads and mines.

Location: Singalila National Park, West Bengal

Details: Canon 1Dx, Lens: Canon 600 mm. f/4, Shutter speed: 1/80 sec., Aperture: f/9, ISO: 1250, Focal length: 600 mm.

Image taken: April 30, 2015

Megh Roy Choudhury uses her talent in photography as a tool to document and create awareness about wildlife. As a teacher, she organises nature walks and awareness programmes for school children as well.

Photo: Megh Roy Choudhury.

Invisible Chase

The sheer urgency in the flight of the deer forces you to search for the source of the panic that triggered this response. Look closer and you will discover stripes amidst the spots. The tiger has probably honed in on one particular target, though its charge has clearly infused the entire herd with terror. Madhavi Joshi writes that she had observed the young tigress waiting with zen-like patience in the Corbett Tiger Reserve, perfectly camouflaged against the green-brown grass… until she felt the moment was right and that is the moment you see here.

Location: Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand

Camera: Nikon D7000, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm. f/5-6.3, Shutter speed: 1/100 sec., Aperture: f/16, ISO: 400, Focal length: 150 mm.

Image taken: April 5, 2015; 9:05 a.m.

A software professional, Madhavi Joshi’s love for wildlife got her hooked on to photography. She spends her free time visiting wilderness areas.

Photo: Madhavi Joshi.

Learning the Art

The tiger’s hunting skills are unparalleled – skills bequeathed by a tigress to her cubs. Mona Patel has artfully framed the majestic Krishna (T 19), in the process of training her three cubs, against the picturesque landscape of Ranthambhore. Such images offer insight and knowledge into the complex world of felines helping us better understand them, aiding in their conservation.

Location: Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

Camera: Nikon D90, Lens: Nikon 55-300 mm., Shutter speed: 1/20 sec., Aperture: f/5, ISO: 1000, Focal length: 65 mm.

Image taken: November 22, 2014; 5:42 p.m.

A conservation photographer and creative artist, Mona Patel’s work revolves around promoting and protecting the tiger and its habitat.

Photo: Mona Patel.

Turning Tables

No animal will take any kind of threat to their home lightly. None at all. And this pair of parakeets was no exception. The monitor lizard that tried to make a meal of their eggs learned the hard way that it should not underestimate a pair of agitated parents. Harassing and pecking with persistence, they eventually forced the lizard to scamper away. Rathika Ramasamy witnessed this mesmerising display of courage at the Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan and captured the moment that says it all.

Location: Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Camera: Nikon D4, Lens: Nikon 800 mm. + 1.2x TC, Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec., Aperture: f/8, ISO: 640, Focal length: 1000 mm.

Image taken: February 6, 2015; 5:42 p.m.

Computer engineer Rathika Ramasamy was drawn towards photography as a career in 2003 after a visit to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Since then, she has been passionate about birds and specialises in bird photography.

Photo: Rathika Ramasamy.

First appeared in: Sanctuary Asia, Vol. XXXV No. 6, June 2015.


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January 7, 2016, 01:01 AM
 Conservation photography is a vital tool that Sanctuary uses to protect habitats and species and to influence public opinion and policy. We also use images from people who visit wild places only once in a while, because their perspective is often so unique and the opportunity to come up with "that" image could turn out to be the trigger to push for effective action on the ground. But yes, we place a very high regard on ethics. Send pictures to images@sanctuaryasia.com.
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