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National Amphibian Photography Contest

National Amphibian Photography Contest

This nationwide Amphibian Photography contest is conceptualised by Lost Amphibians of India (LAI), powered by Sanctuary Asia and has Dr. Caesar Photography (DCP) as an operational partner with an objective is to promote amphibian conservation awareness. Conservation photography is a blend of the art of wildlife photography and the science of natural history documentary photography. It is a way to involve the non-scientific and non-biologist community in scientific database buildup and the creation of a wave of conservation awareness.

About the event:

Though small in size, amphibians have successfully survived the massive upheavals on earth which wiped out the midgets as well as giants like dinosaurs. Currently, these hardy survivors of cataclysmic events are helpless to handle habitat destruction that threatens them with extinction. As agents of this massive habitat destruction, it is high time that we take action and conserve these beautiful creatures before they go extinct.

Teams of scientists and naturalists from India have started the lost amphibian search. This initiative is launched with the hope of rediscovering over 50 species of lost amphibians in India. These animals are feared to be extinct but there is hope that some may be holding on in a few remote places. This search, which is taking place in 15 states of India, is the first ever coordinated effort to find such a large number of lost creatures. Globally amphibian populations are on a shocking decline – with more than 30 per cent of all species threatened with extinction.

More about the contest

Participation in the contest is not limited to Indian citizens only but the amphibians depicted in the images must be from Indian geography. You can send us 20 images taken in any of part of Indian geography. You can send us any image, which already has or will take from today onwards till September 30, 2013. Subject should be amphibians in their natural habitats.

The best of the entries will be judged by an eminent jury panel.


1st Prize: Rs. 50,000
2nd Prize: Rs. 25,000
3rd Prize: Rs. 15,000
Ten Special Mention Prizes: Rs. 1,000 each

The winning photographs will be featured in Lost Amphibians of India’s upcoming book ‘Lost and found’, Sanctuary Cub Magazine in November 2013 and Sanctuary Asia magazine, December 2013. Also please take a note that all the entries to the LAI contest are automatically eligible to enter for the Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Photography Contest subject to accepting the rules available on Sanctuary Asia website.

Terms and Conditions:

1. The photographer may be of any nationality; however he or she MUST be the sole author / owner of the copyright for images and captions submitted. A maximum of twenty images may be submitted by any one participant.

2. The contest kicks off on June 30, 2013 with a formal inauguration by Dr S D Biju at Mumbai and the last date for submission of all entries is September 30, 2013.

3. Only images actually shot in Indian geography are eligible. The location and date must be mentioned.

4. EXIF data of the images MUST be enclosed i.e. Camera, lens, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, metering, external lights used etc.

5. Digital photographs must be submitted on a CD or DVD and must be clearly labelled with the photographer’s name, postal and email address, plus phone contact. Alternatively, the digital images may also be emailed to ‘ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ’ (please do not use this id for other queries about the contest).

6. Images should be submitted as Windows compatible JPEG format at highest compression quality (setting 12 in Adobe Photoshop). The original capture as it was recorded by the camera may be requested later if your image reaches final stage.

7. Image processing: Image cropping and limited digital manipulation such as ‘cleaning’, sharpening, adjusting levels, burning, dodging, curves, colour and contrast is permissible where applied to the image as a whole. However changing the elements of the image or super-imposing of different images will disqualify the entry.

NOTE: While copyright will remain the property of the photographer, LAI, Sanctuary Asia and DCP will reserve the right to reproduce entries in their magazines or other publications (print media or digital). Images may also be used elsewhere to promote wildlife conservation, with due credit to the photographer. The decision of judges will be final. If entries do not meet the judges’ standards, the organisers reserve the right to refrain from giving an award.

About the Organizers/Partners:

Conceptualized by - LOST AMPHIBIANS OF INDIA

The concept of Lost Amphibians of India is the key driver of this nationwide project. The blending of exciting story of LAI and the expeditions, the pains and the pleasures of it along with the mission of conservation of Indian frogs by creating awareness amongst non scientist and non biologist community involving naturalists, wildlife photographers, environmentalists and conservationists is the primary objective of this project.


Sanctuary Asia has been championing conservation photography in India for over three decades. It is now a virtual junction for wildlife photographers, whose images form the foundation of its rich content. The magazine was launched in 1981 and has been edited since by Bittu Sahgal, who is one of the strongest voices for biodiversity protection and climate change action in India.


DCP is one of the fastest growing wildlife photography training academies in India with a core focus on conservation photography. DCP has been instrumental in creating awareness about Amphibians, Amphibian conservation and have been able to percolate the growing interest level amongst wildlife photographers about amphibian photography via some magical images of Indian amphibians. We promise to deliver our best once again!


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