So, it's a wrap! NiF Festival 2018 comes to a close.

It's been surreal, hosting all of you and for all the support we've received from the entire NiF family. Thank you!

The NiF Photography Awards 2018 were announced at the Festival. Check out the photo story below to find out all the category winners, runner ups and special mentions.



Wildlife Filmmaker

Sara is a wildlife filmmaker and the founder of Evanescence Studios and The Indian Wildlife Channel. He has worked for major networks like the BBC, Nat Geo, Animal Planet and Discovery and his latest series was for NETFLIX. Sara started his journey as a wildlife photographer and continues to share a passion for creating images.

Divya Mudappa

Conservation Scientist

An expert in Zoology, Botany, and Evolutionary Biology, Divya Mudappa is a senior scientist at Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore. She heads the Western Ghats Rainforest programme. Divya's primary research area is in the field of tropical ecology, particularly of rainforests, restoration ecology and conservation biology. In addition, she is also interested in small carnivores, hornbills, plant-animal interactions and animal behaviour.

Dhritiman Mukherjee

Wildlife Photographer

Dhritiman Mukherjee is arguably one of the most respected nature photographers in India today. He has travelled to most of the national parks and bio-zones in India and photographed rare, endangered and challenging subjects. He has also covered some of the major international wildlife destinations. His work has been published in various print and digital media platforms. He has also been associated with brands like BBC, National Geographic, New York Times, Lonely Planet, London Geographic, WWF, UNESCO, Birdlife International, to name a few. He has also been honoured with many national and international awards and accolades for his images. He won the Carl Zeiss Conservation Award 2013 for his contribution towards conservation of wildlife in India. He is one of the founders of 'Saevus', one of the leading nature and wildlife magazines in India.

Giri Cavale

Wildlife Photographer and Mentor

Giri Cavale is a renowned wildlife photographer, photography mentor and co-founder of LensOwl. Giri’s passion for photography comes from his love for the wilds, instilled in him from a young age. Armed with this experience, an almost unfaltering intuition, a deep connection with his subjects and the skill to make opportunities count, Giri has captured some unforgettable moments in the most enchanting wildlife areas. Giri is equally passionate about sharing his treasure of knowledge, and using photography as a powerful tool for communication. Famous for his body of work with elusive cats and other wildlife, Giri has won the coveted gold medal at the 17th Nature Biennial World Cup by the FIAP in 2014 and was the Wildlife Photographer of the Year (runner-up) at the Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Photography Awards in 2013. His work has been featured in prestigious publications.

Jayaprakash Bojan

Wildlife Photographer

Jayaprakash is an ITES professional and an award-winning wildlife photographer. He was born and raised in the hills of Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. After 18 years, he took a break from the corporate world to pursue his passion for nature photography and travel. He recently won the Grand prize title as the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 and the Singapore Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017. He has been published by Nat Geo, BBC and several international magazines.

Kalyan Varma - Jury Curator

Wildlife Photographer and Filmmaker

Kalyan Varma is a wildlife photographer, filmmaker, naturalist and explorer specializing in environmental issues in India. He freelances with many of the world's leading magazines, environmental NGOs and television channels like National Geographic and BBC. He is one of the founders of Nature inFocus.