Nature inFocus is Asia’s premier nature and wildlife photography festival. It is a platform for passionate nature and wildlife photographers to showcase their work, learn from fellow photographers, discuss important and interesting topics, as well as build awareness about nature conservation within the community.
This is the fourth edition of the festival and the third year of the prestigious NiF Photography Awards.
The awards are an opportunity for us to honour photographers who best use their craft to celebrate nature. Our categories attempt to bring together a range of conversations and topics - from conservation to urban biodiversity to habitats and animal portraits, to name just a few. NiF is constantly in search of fresh talent. Often, this comes in the form of some superb young photographers (17 and under), a category that is always particularly difficult to judge! The finale is dedicated to the Photographer of the Year, for an image that puts nature in focus most strikingly.
We invite you to be a participant in this process and add your voice to the dialogue on wildlife conservation.
Entries accepted from 31 May to 10 July (until 11:59 PM).
Images that showcase an animal's behavioural trait or a portrait of its characteristics, physical or otherwise
Landscapes that showcase the animal in its natural environment
Photographs that depict the positive relationship between people and nature. These images can depict interactions or landscapes and need not necessarily be restricted to national parks and protected areas
Photographs that highlight manmade changes and destructive trends to natural environments or wildlife
Images that showcase nature as an art form using a photographer's creative perspective
Images of nature and wildlife shot by photographers under the age of 17
Steve has been a photographer for National Geographic for over two decades. He specializes in wildlife, and in particular big cats. He’s been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. He has been a two-time winner of Picture of the Year - International’s Global Vision Award and has won 1st place in the Nature Story category from World Press Photo in 2008 and 2014. He lectures globally on photography and conservation issues and has appeared on CBS Nightly News, 60 Minutes, NPR, BBC, CNN, NG WILD and other media outlets. He has filmed numerous shows for NG Channel and NG Wild and most recently Mission Critical - Saving the Leopard was aired for Big Cat Week.
Swati Thiyagarajan is a conservation journalist. She is the environment editor at NDTV. Her show Born Wild on NDTV focuses on issues of conservation and wildlife across India. Born Wild has won several national and international awards. Her awards include the Ramnath Goenka Award for best environment journalist twice, the Carl Zeiss award for reporting on Tigers and the Sanctuary Asia "Wind beneath my Wings" award. She handles the editorial content for the Save Our Tigers campaign and the Climate Change Awareness campaign, Greenathon on NDTV. Her film the Animal Communicator has more an 3 million hits on line. At present she lives in South Africa and reports on conservation issues there and has just finished writing her first book, titled Born Wild on her show and her experiences in the field both on India and in Southern Africa. The book is to be published by Bloomsbury this year.
Shekar Dattatri is a Chennai-based filmmaker, who has made natural history films for international television, as well as films on conservation issues for public education. He has served on the juries of wildlife and environment film festivals, including UK's Wildscreen, and was part of the judging panel for the Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards for a few years. He is also the Co-Founder of Conservation India.
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.
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.