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“Nature in Focus” Fifth Edition of Asia’s Premier Nature and Wildlife Festival.

September 7, 2018

“Nature inFocus” Fifth Edition of Asia’s Premier Nature and Wildlife Festival

NiF Photography Awards 2018

Overwhelming response from photography enthusiasts across the globe – over 600 participants; 5,200 images across 6 categories.

Renowned Conservationists, Photographers, Wildlife Filmmakers and Ecologists from across the globe to deliberate on topics related to Nature, Wildlife and Conservation during the three-day festival

Speakers include Wildlife Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas; Conservation Scientist Krithi K Karanth; Marine Conservationist Aaron Savio Lobo; Underwater Filmmaker Anup J Kattukaran; National Geographic Explorers Munmun Dhalaria and Malaika Vaz; and Botanical Illustrator Nirupa Rao among others

Nature and wildlife enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the fifth edition of the Nature inFocus Festival. With a stellar line-up of speakers, the NiF Photography Awards announcements, the inaugural ‘The Wild Nation’ photography exhibition and exclusive film screenings; there’s a lot to be excited for NiF Festival 2018. This year the festival will be hosted at The Oterra, Bengaluru on September 7, 8 and 9, 2018

Having received over 5,200 images across all 6 categories from 600 participants, the NiF Photography Awards competition is all set for a grand finale. The spotlight will be on the ‘ NiF Photographer of the Year,’ chosen for the most striking image putting nature in focus.

The NiF Photography Awards are a recognition of the photographers’ empathy for nature’s biodiversity. The submission for entries that began on June 22 was open till July 31, 2018. The Award categories have been designed to bring together evocative visuals of animal portraits, habitats and conservation issues, at the same time providing space for photographers to explore their creativity.

Lined up for the contest are entries from both adults (above 17) and young photographers (17 years and under). Winners will be chosen in the categories of Animal Portraits & Behaviour, Conservation Issues, Creative Nature Photography, Humour & Wildlife, and Wildscape & Animals in Habitat. Open to those under 17, the ‘Young Photographer Award’ will put the spotlight on fresh and passionate young talent.

Category winners will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and a guided safari tour to a national park of choice in India, while category runners-up will get a cash prize of Rs. 25,000.

An additional cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and a trip to the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya awaits the ‘NiF Photographer of the Year.’ All winners and runners-up are also entitled to a certificate, a winner’s trophy, a camera bag and other goodies.

The winners this year will be chosen by a 5-member jury comprising of renowned wildlife photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee, conservation scientist Divya Mudappa, wildlife filmmaker Saravanakumar Salem, wildlife photographer Giri Cavale and award-winning wildlife photographer Jayaprakash Bojan. The jury curator is Nature inFocus founder, Kalyan Varma, a wildlife photographer, filmmaker and naturalist.

In addition to the Awards, this year, the Nature inFocus Festival will host a curated photography exhibition to explore the rich and diverse wildlife of India. ‘The Wild Nation: Exploring India’s Wilderness’, is a visual exploration into India’s wilderness, where we attempt to throw light on its colossal beauty and sound out important conversations on conservation.

The exhibition, a first of its kind for Nature inFocus, will be curated by top experts in their field and will showcase photographs from around the country. There will be 100 unique images on display at the exhibition, across five different categories: Deserts and Grasslands curated by Arati Kumar-Rao, Rivers and Oceans curated by Tasneem Khan, Mountains curated by Harsha J and Payal Mehta, Rainforests curated by Vijay Mohan Raj, and Deciduous Forests curated by Shivang Mehta. The submission for entries that began on July 2 was open till August 8, 2018 and received over 2300 images from participants all over the country.

There will be an exclusive film showcase, screenings of nature and wildlife documentaries, where the respective filmmakers will also present their films and talk about them.

Here’s what Nature inFocus, Founder, Rohit Varma has to say about the festival – “Nature inFocus Festival has, over the years, offered a platform for nature and wildlife photographers, conservationists and enthusiasts to showcase their work, learn from fellow photographers, discuss important and interesting topics, as well as build awareness about nature conservation within the community. ”

He says, “The NiF Awards has today emerged as a much sought after competition, keenly watched and participated by photography enthusiasts. The high turnout for this year’s edition is in line with the steady growth witnessed over the last three years,” he informs.

The fifth edition of the three-day festival will see the presence of some powerful speakers from across the globe including the likes of Wildlife Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas; Conservation Scientist Krithi K Karanth; Marine Conservationist Aaron Savio Lobo; Underwater Filmmaker Anup J Kattukaran; National Geographic Explorers Munmun Dhalaria and Malaika Vaz; Botanical Illustrator Nirupa Rao; and Natural History Filmmaker Akanksha Sood Singh among others (Complete Bio of each of the speakers enclosed).

Festival Directors
Rohit Varma: Founder Nature inFocus
Kalyan Varma: Founder Nature inFocus, Wildlife photographer and Filmmaker

September 7th – 9th 2018 | 10.30 AM to 7:30 PM

Venue:
The Oterra,
Electronic City Phase 1,
Bangalore

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