The Nature InFocus (NIF) photography festival brings together wildlife photographers and top names in conservation from across the country. Around 300 photographers attended the three-day festival in Bengaluru in 2015, and participated in workshops, seminars, masterclasses, and spirited discussions over ethics, wildlife tourism, and the relevance of social media in the battle plan for conservation. All events are open to the public.
Come July 8-9, 2016, the NIF festival returns to Bengaluru. This year’s edition will feature marine conservationist Siddharth Chakravarty who will talk about the role of governments in protecting our oceans, primatologist Anindya Sinha—considered by many to be India’s Jane Goodall—who will discuss how the simple act of feeding monkeys could undermine the survival of the species, and Dhritiman Mukherjee, one of the country’s best wildlife photographers, who will launch his new book, Magical Biodiversity of India.
One of the highlights of the festival is the photography contest, where bigwigs like National Geographic photographer Steve Winter, photojournalist Arati Kumar-Rao, and wildlife photographer Aditya Singh will pick the winners in categories like animal behaviour, and conservation photography. Kalyan Varma and Rohit Varma, the founders of the festival, aim to use this space to build an ever-growing community of passionate nature photographers, who can—through shared knowledge and expertise—use the art of capturing moments in the wild for spreading awareness and facilitating conservation.
While we wait for the 2016 winners to be announced, here’s a look at last year’s award-winning pictures.
Nature InFocus festival will be held on 8-9 July 2016, at the Indiranagar Club in Indiranagar, Bengaluru. Passes are available at the venue. Each day’s pass is priced at ₹1,500, inclusive of entry and food. More details here.