About

Wildlife photography is a passion and a means of artistic expression for me, as both, a lover of nature and as a designer. I grew up on the outskirts of Chennai, surrounded by nature and wildlife, waking to the sounds of sparrows, catching dragonflies, exploring monsoon-soaked fields, chasing fish and frogs when the streams overflowed. Experiences that shaped my love of the wild open spaces that we have since lost.

I am a 2nd generation Landscape Architect, with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of New South Wales, Australia. This avenue of professional art combined with my lifelong love of nature and wildlife found new expression in photography. From the moment I picked up my first DSLR in 2013 and began to reconnect with the wild, I knew that this was a siren call that would always tug at my soul.

To me, photography is the art of telling a story without words and through my images I try to bring those stories to life. Stories that convey a sense of place, of scale and context, the emotion of a moment, the awe of a spectacle, of love, of struggle, of life and death. Through these images I hope to kindle an interest in the wild, a curiosity to know more about the natural world, to bolster conservation and to challenge a new generation to get out there and explore the wonders of our planet.

AWARDS

CLASH OF THE TITANS

Competition: One Eyeland Top 10 Black & White Photo Contest

Award: Silver

Year: 2020

Competition: Epson International Pano Awards

Award: Silver

Year: 2019

Competition: ND Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2019

Location: Ndutu Conservation Area, Tanzania

On the edge of Lake Ndutu, I had exited the acacia forests on the hillock and exploring the plains when I found this pair of massive bull elephants. They were engaged in battle that slowly built up as each pushed and bulldozed the other, until they came together in a cloud of dust, entwined trunks and clashing tusks.

THE LAST UNICORN

Competition: Epson International Pano Awards

Award: Bronze

Year: 2019

Location: Kaziranga National park, Assam, India

As the sun began to fade to the western hills, this behemoth emerged from the tall grass and paused, peaceful and curious. This magnificent Indian One-horned rhinoceros showed why its scientific name means unicorn, by raising its head and showed off its trademark single horn, bathed by the light of the setting sun.

ZEBRA CROSSING

Competition: Epson International Pano Awards

Award: Bronze

Year: 2019

Location: Ndutu Conservation Area, Tanzania

Under the gathering grey storm clouds, I watched from a small hillock as a herd of zebras crossed a shallow lake in the valley below. They stretched single file, as they crossed the water, silhouetted against the bright water and framed by the dark rolling landscape.

LION KING

Competition: Epson International Pano Awards

Award: Bronze

Year: 2019

Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This magnificent male lion was traversing the grasslands, heading towards a kopje. I drove ahead and waited for his arrival and he disappeared into the thicket at the base of the kopje. I was hoping that he would emerge again, maybe even at the top of the tallest rock and switched to a wide-angle lens in expectation. Moments later he emerged, a quintessential alpha lion moment, surveying his lands, the wind stirring his mane.

ONE FOR THE ROAD

Competition: One Eyeland Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2019

Competition: ND Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2019

Competition: ND Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2019

Location: Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka, India

From a rowboat I tracked this spot-billed pelican as it swooped in low over the water, neck extended, bill agape, to scoop a bill full of water to carry back to its chicks in the nest. As the water rushed in and filled its membranous gular sac, the force of the rushing water caused its head to snack back under its body, before straightening back out as it flew on.

CROSS TALK

Competition: ND Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2019

Location: Ndutu Conservation Area, Tanzania

At the waters of Lake Ndutu, a few giraffes had congregated in the shallows, drinking and socialising. I observed these two giraffes seemed almost to be in the midst of a discreet conversation.

ANGEL WINGS

Competition: ND Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2019

Location: Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, India

The hazy winter sun and the prevalence of fog enveloping the landscape, created a very ethereal landscape in Bharatpur, with the weak sunlight creating a soft backlight to this egret as it came in, to land.

LIFE ON THE EDGE

Competition: ND Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2019

Location: Dholpur, Rajasthan, India

Along the banks of the Chambal River that flows between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, there are towering mud cliffs. In a cleft I observed this trio of spotted owlets. A pair of adults with their chick, more than 15m high up along the sheer cliff face. Life on the edge.

TOWERING INFERNO

Competition: International Photography Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2019

Location: Ndutu Conservation Area, Tanzania

At the end of the evening safari drive, I was heading back to camp at sunset. As I approached our camp, the twilit sky was flushed with beautiful colours and a quartet of giraffes crested a low hill, perfectly skylined against the most amazing twilight.

SPIN DRY

Competition: International Photography Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2019

Competition: One Eyeland Awards

Award: Bronze

Year: 2018

Competition: ND Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2018

Location: Ndutu Conservation Area, Tanzania

The morning started with torrential rain and poor visibility. When I found this trio of cheetahs, a mother and two sub-adult cubs, they were sitting out the rain, scanning the landscape. I waited, knowing that the cheetahs would try to shake off the excess waiter soaking their coats. This was the moment, when one cub sprayed the other as it shook itself dry.

SIBLINGS

Competition: One Eyeland Top 10 Black & White Photo Contest

Award: Bronze

Year: 2019

Location: Ndutu Conservation Area, Tanzania

The morning started with torrential rain and poor visibility. When I found this trio of cheetahs, a mother and two sub-adult cubs, they were sitting out the rain, scanning the landscape. Then as the rain slowed down they began to move, the mother ahead and the cubs trailing. I made this image as bot cubs trotted together, their eyes fixed on their mother.

LOST WORLD

Competition: ND Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2018

Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The rains were late and when we had arrived in Ngorongoro, the thick brooding clouds were hanging low and heavy over the crater as this massive tusker ambled into the frame. I loved the way he was dwarfed by the landscape and the steep canyon walls, with the clouds climbing in over the crater rim.

TRAFFIC JAM

Competition: ND Awards

Award: Honourable Mention

Year: 2018

Location: Conservation Area, Tanzania

Driving around the Lake Masek area, I found a pride of lions resting in the shade. Suddenly a matriarch elephant, probably unsettled by the presence of the predators around her herd, charged the pride and chased them off. The lions then decided to climb a low acacia tree, each one behind the other.

RECOGNITION & PUBLICATIONS

ONE EYELAND ‘INDIA’S TOP 10 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHERS 2020

Competition: ONE EYELAND ‘INDIA’S TOP 10 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHERS 2020

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT (Best Of 2018)

Towering Inferno

Best of 2018

ONE EYELAND ‘INDIA’S TOP 10 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHERS 2018

Competition: ONE EYELAND ‘INDIA’S TOP 10 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHERS 2018

DIGITAL CAMERA MAGAZINE (FEBRUARY 2018, ISSUE #199)

Competition: Epson International Pano Awards

Image Analysis-Why Shots Work

SANCTUARY ASIA MAGAZINE (FEBRUARY 2016)

Cover Shot

Year: 2016