Milestones and Achievements:
1994 : Awarded the ARPS (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, England)
1998 : Awarded the AFIAP (Artiste of the Federation Internationale De Lart Photographique) an affiliate of UNESCO.
Held a one-man show of Wildlife Photographs at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on an invitation from Govt of India, commemorating 25 years of Project Tiger.
2001 : Co-authored a highly acclaimed Coffee Table book with Sri. T N A Perumal showcasing the biodiversity of Karnataka entitled “Encounters in the Forest”.
2002 : Awarded the EFIAP (Excellence in the FIAP) – an affiliate of UNESCO. Member of the Indian Team that won the Gold Medal (Nature Prints) and Bronze Medal (Nature Slides) in the World Cup Competition for Nature Photography.
2008 : Held a one man show of Wildlife Photographs in June 2008 at Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore, India and again in September / October 2008 at Kalamandir, Mysore, India which was attended by several thousand visitors. Member of the Indian Team that won Silver Medal in Nature Prints Section in the World Cup Competition for Nature Photography, held at Spain conducted by the International Federation of Photographic Art.
2009 : Awarded the FRPS (Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society, England) for a set of 20 images, depicting the behavior of Indian Mammals and Birds. He is the only Forest Officer from India to be awarded the Fellowship and this distinction comes to an Indian after 18 years.
2010 : Awarded the MFIAP (Master in the FIAP) by the International Federation of Photographic Art, a body affiliated to UNESCO, for a set of 20 images “Spectacular Indian Birds”. MFIAP is being awarded since 1980 by FIAP and so far 25 persons in the world have been bestowed with this distinction for nature photography. Only 4 Indians have received FRPS and MFIAP for Nature photography and after a gap of 21 years, these twin-distinctions have been awarded to an Indian. He was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the nature photography World Cup 2010 that is organized every 2 years by International Federation of Photographic Art, a body affiliated with UNESCO. India hosted the World Cup for the first time ever in Bangalore in October 2010 where India won the WORLD CUP for projected images and GOLD MEDAL for nature prints.
2013 : His dream of sharing his experience of almost 4 decades in the jungles of Indian sub-continent through true stories and photographs will take shape in the form of a coffee table book on which he is working- “LIFE IN THE JUNGLE… MEMOIRS OF A FORESTER”
This book contains around 240 pages adorned with around 240 sublime quality images in color encompassing more than 100 species of animals, birds and reptiles shot in more than 20 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries spread across five regions of India and Yala of Sri Lanka.
The book is also peppered with many anecdotes in the wild which aim at transporting the reader to a completely different world, instigating a vicarious excitement which one can experience in the jungles of the Indian Subcontinent
This endeavour has a two-fold vision— One to introduce the reader to the fascinating world of wildlife of our amazing country and Two- to inculcate the spirit of conservation in one and all by imparting knowledge through this book.
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