Results will be announced at the Nature inFocus Festival in Bangalore on August 2-3-4.
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The Jury Curator is Nature inFocus co-founder, Kalyan Varma.
Wildlife Filmmaker and Photojournalist
Sandesh Kadur sees the world from a very different angle through his camera. Sandesh uses both still and video to expose the need for conservation and to encourage protection of the world’s biodiversity. His photographs have been published widely in books and magazines while his documentaries with subjects ranging from king cobras to clouded leopards have been aired worldwide on the BBC, Discovery, and National Geographic networks. Over the years, Sandesh’s work has garnered many top awards including Nature’s Best Award, International Conservation Photographer Award & also twice being nominated for a Green Oscar at Wildscreen and for an Emmy in Cinematography for his work on Planet Earth 2.
Independent Environmental Photographer
Arati Kumar-Rao is a National Geographic Explorer, an independent environmental photographer, writer, and artist documenting the slow violence of ecological degradation. She crisscrosses the South Asian subcontinent following a single story, across seasons, sometimes over years, in order to chronicle South Asia’s changing landscapes and climate, and its effect on livelihoods and biodiversity. She communicates through photos, longform narratives, and art, and is working on her first book. Arati is based in Bangalore, India.
Sudhir Shivaram is one of India’s most respected and renowned wildlife photographers. His pictures are noteworthy for their technical sophistication and evocative character and have won him numerous national and international accolades. He was the Sanctuary Asia Photographer of Year in 2012. 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. Sudhir is a key influencer in the photography space and is one of the brand ambassadors for Canon India.
IFS, Chief Conservator Of Forests
An initial interest in birdwatching fuelled Vijay’s passion for bird photography. Working for the Karnataka Forest Department, he seeks solace in nature and conveys his message of conservation through his pictures. He networks with individuals and organisations that make conservation click and also believe that everyone can play a part in conserving nature. He is presently working towards making small efforts in conservation at the local level.
Photographer and Filmmaker
Jyothy Karat is a photographer and filmmaker, based out of Bangalore. She covers subjects related to ecological justice. Her documentary films include stories about forest conservation, human-animal conflict, and water pollution in India. Her latest project explores the human-elephant bond in Kerala and the concerns that arise from the complexities of the management of captive elephants in the state. Jyothy's work documenting life in the Nilgiris Biosphere is part of UNESCO’s Global campaign to influence policymakers and global leaders to make green initiatives. Her work was exhibited at the UN headquarters in New York and in Geneva and at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
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 networks like the National Geographic and BBC. He is one of the founders of Nature inFocus.