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The winners of the annual conference Focus on nature A photography and film competition was recently announced in Bengaluru. The annual event took place in line in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
Nature inFocus was founded by wildlife photographers Rohit Varma and Kalyan Varma. See our coverage of the 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 editions of the competition, and part I of the 2021 edition here.
Courtesy of Nature inFocus, PhotoSparks has reproduced some of the images of the finalists and winners in this series of articles. Award prizes are Rs 50,000 (category winner), Rs 25,000 (finalist) and Rs 10,000 (second finalist).
This year, the competition received approximately 18,000 images from over 2,000 competing photographers from 40 countries.
A bush elephant – Staffan Widstrand
âThe challenge over the past two years has been the virtual nature of the competition and the festival. Online Events cannot replicate the excitement and energy of a physical event, âsays Rohit Varma, in a two-part interview with Your story.
“All participants being physically present at the award ceremony, the thrill of not knowing whether they won or not, or what they won, and being able to meet the judges in person – it’s a whole different experience, âhe enthuses.
This year’s jury consisted of Andy Rouse, Bahar Dutt, Dhritiman Mukherjee, Navaneeth Unnikrishnan and Rathika Ramasamy.
As trends in the field, Rohit tells photographers to explore new territories and new techniques. âWe received more underwater images, camera traps and drones,â Rohit observes.
After âWhile Crocodile! âRajat Subhra Pramanick
âMore than portraits of species and moments of natural history, it is the aesthetically appealing and creative images who topped the list of winners this year, âhe adds.
This time, the images highlighted key issues like plastic pollution and deforestation. They also shed light on some lesser-known animal species and behaviors.
The pandemic has been a difficult time for the artistic and photographic communities. “Wildlife photographers and filmmakers love to be in the field, and in that regard the last two years have been difficult,” Rohit laments.
âAs we slowly come out of the pandemic, they will certainly be spending more time in the field. We will surely see more participants for the contest next year, with a larger and new portfolio of submissions, âhe says.
âDo your research. Learn and understand your subjects. Shoot as much as possible. Be creative,â he advises aspiring nature photographers.
âWe will be back with a physical Nature inFocus festival at 2022 and we look forward to meeting you all, âRohit concludes.
Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new avenues for your creative core?
Hunting Cut – Kushal Guttedar
Chiranjib Dutta – The King Falls
Damith Osuranga Danthanarayana – Shaking Your Head
Trapping â Adityakrishna S Menon
Garbage Fishing â Srikanth Mannepuri
Manish Vaidya – Flamingos Nesting Site
Neon Night â Ian Wade
Sun Swarm â Jackson Johnson
Thomas Vijayan – The rarest love leopard
The Old Man and the Forest – Thomas Vijayan
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