Photograph By Nisha Purushothaman
Instagram is a part and parcel of the work of photographers of this era. And with its increasing popularity, Instagram has become a great medium to seek inspiration and learn from photographers. So, get ready to get inspiration, here is my current choice of 10 best wildlife photographers to follow in India.
An engineer by education, who left his long and flourishing Career in the IT sector for the sake of his love towards nature wildlife photography, Sudhir Shivaram is now one of the biggest names when it comes to wildlife photography in India and over the world. He is not just a full-time photography teacher, but also an award winning photographer, Former Canon India Brand Ambassador and founder of the popular photo sharing site India Nature Watch. Sudhir has been inspiring and encouraging many, not only through his talks, but also through social media. He has a widespread social media following and has had his name in Top 10 most influential People in Photography Industry and No.1In Top 20 Wildlife Photographers of the World on Web.
A naturalist, big cat tracker and ace wildlife photographer who runs wildlife camps in South India and Africa and also a cinematographer now, Shaaz Jung has his own very unique style of presenting his work. He combines photography with art, resulting in jaw-dropping pictures with a beautiful mood. Not just his pictures, but his words are extremely beautiful. He combines these three gems- photography, art and words on his social media posts. Owing to his extra-ordinary leopard and black panther pictures of Kabini, he is often known as ‘The leopard man of India’ among photography circles. He is currently working for a wildlife film with National Geographic.
Shivang Mehta is currently the official brand ambassador of Canon India. He has won a number of awards nationally and internally and given numerous wildlife and nature conservation and photography talks. Shivang Mehta has expertise in photographing big cats and other mammals. His perspectives and angles are extremely unique. Creativity is what makes his pictures stand out from the normal sharp and technically well managed usual wildlife shots. He, who was initially and journalist and then a PR professional is now a full time wildlife photographer, a trainer at Canon and runs his firm Nature Wanderers. Shivang conducts many photo tours across India and Africa. He currently has 19.4k followers on Instagram. You should definitely follow him if creativity and uniqueness is what you’re trying to look for.
An engineer and MBA by education, Rathika is India’s first female wildlife photographer. She has been shooting since she was a kid and was convinced to pursue photography as her career right after being captivated by the paradise for birders- Bharatpur. Most of her works are from Bharatpur and Corbett. Not just a photographer, but she is also an avid birder. She also takes workshops for photography enthusiasts.
Jayanth Sharma is the Co-founder and CEO of TOEHOLD, one of India’s foremost travel and photography company. Jayanth travels immensely and has photographed the wildlife of Asia, America, Europe and Africa. Jayanth has received many national and international accolades and exhibited his work in prestigous places. He combines wildlife with fine art elements thus giving a visual treat to the viewers. He conducts photo tours and workshops all-round the year. He is also a wonderful speaker and talks about wildlife and nature photography.
6.Arati Kumar Rao
An environment writer and photographer, Arati is also a National Geographic Explorer. Words, art and photography span her social media profile. She writes about climate change and effects on communities of South Asia. She also contributes to @EverydayClimateChange and @EverydayExtinction on Instagram. Her works have been published in many magazines and newspapers, and photographs awarded and exhibited in India and internationally. She is currently writing a book which will capture environmental degradation and the challenges to freshwater.
With a degree of Mechanical Engineering, Kalyan Varma is a wildlife photographer, filmmaker, naturalist and explorer. He is the co-founder of Nature InFocus and founder of India Nature Watch. He has ongoing projects with BBC, NatGeo Wild and Netflix and has successfully worked with NatGeo, BBC and Discovery channel in the past. He has been to numerous places around the world and has experienced a great amount of biodiversity. He also captures breathtaking marine and underwater pictures. Kalyan works for conservation too and is active with Nature Conservation Foundation. With the help of his efforts, the wildlife film Wild Karnataka has been successfully released recently. Kalyan has a number of international photography awards in titles in his name.
After studying applied arts, Nisha entered into the field of photography. She is the co-founder of ‘YNot Escapades’, a photo tour company. She is also one of the founding members of Paws Trials Explorers which works for conservation. She is also an active speaker and conducts photography tours and workshops. She has beautiful pictures from Africa covering her profile, which her most frequent working ground. Not to mention, Nisha has achieved a great feat in photography, many awards, and published and exhibited her work at prestigious platforms.
Based in Rajkot, Gujrat, Tapan Sheth has his own software development company but is a wildlife and fine art photographer at heart. He has captured the moods of Asian Lions of Gir like none other. For the same, he was the wildlife winner of Nature’s Best Photography Asia 2016. He also has his pictures published at platforms like NatGeo and BBC.
A naturalist, author and photographer, Sandesh Kadur is also a National Geographic Explorer. He has done the camerawork for BBC’s Planet Earth II and Nat Geo Wild’s Earth Live. Not just this, he is also an award winning photojournalist and a documentary filmmaker. Sandesh is a Senior Fellow of The International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and co-founder of Felis Creations a visual arts company based in Bangalore, India, which work on a variety of projects ranging from natural history documentaries to art and still photography. He is a big name when it comes to wildlife photography in India and has numerous awards in his name.