Nature Wanderers Announce Winners Of Canon Wild Clicks – 5, India’s Only Live Photography Contest
Corbett National Park saw several budding wildlife photographers from across the country come together for Canon Wild Clicks – Season 5 organised by Nature Wanderers, in association with Sanctuary Asia and Wildcraft from April 5-9, 2014. This photography competition that aims at promoting amateur photography talent in the country has garnered a lot of attention and become quite popular since it was first organised five years ago.
Photo Courtesy: Ramakrishnan Aiyaswamy.
Aimed at promoting amateur wildlife photography talent in the country, the 5th edition saw 50 amateur photographers come together, who were handpicked by the Canon photo mentors – Shivang Mehta, Tejas Soni and Sagar Gosavi.
Judges for this year's contest were Sanctuary Asia Editor Bittu Sahgal, well-acclaimed natural history photographer Ganesh H. Shankar and internationally acclaimed natural history photographer Jagdeep Rajput.
"Having been a part of the Canon Wild Clicks format for three years, it is amazing to see the influx of youngsters in this competition. The change of themes forced contestants to think out-of-the-box. The competition went right down the wire as we had long discussions to choose the winner,” said Ganesh H. Shankar.
An interesting panel discussion was held on The Evolution of Nature Photography in India which had officials from Canon India as a part of the panel.
The contestants were given exciting opportunities to shoot various forest trails which fall under the Ramanagar Forest Division. They also got a chance to visit Dhikala and photograph wild elephants living in the grasslands there.
It was the young school-going children who stood out and impressed the jury with their out-of-the-box approach to photography and created some award-winning images. They were mentored by the Canon Photo Mentors.
“A marvellous four-day event to celebrate the spirit of nature photography. Kudos to Canon, Nature Wanderers, Wildcraft and Sanctuary Asia for putting up this wonderful show. The future of nature photography is this young generation, and I am happy to see the kind of effort put in by them over the past few days," said Jagdeep Rajput.
Sixteen-year-old Daanish Shastri was adjudged the overall winner of the photo competition and won a Canon 70D and some exciting goodies from Wildcraft and Infinity Resorts.
Photo: Daanish Shastri.
Bittu Sahgal is excited about how things are looking up for wildlife conservation in India, thanks to these and many other nature photographers and their impressive line of work. “Conservation photography and ethics are still evolving in India, and Sanctuary Asia
is delighted to be a part of the process that is seeking to rewrite the very way thousands of photographers shoot and use images to protect wild nature." he said.
To view the award-winning images, click here.
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Author: Purva Variyar.