MAY 19, 2018
The Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore. TIME:
9:00 am to 5:30 pm




Spectacular visual chronicles of the seen and unseen, and on what humanity stands to lose forever.

Immerse yourself in the world of wildlife photography and conservation! Expand your knowledge and learn how you can play a role in preserving our environment The Wildlife India Forum will feature five distinguished, award-winning photographers who will be presenting their unique perspectives in this special symposium.


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Roy Mangersnes
Photography Mentor, Toehold


Highly Commended - BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011
Winner - Norwegian Nature Photographer of the Year 2006
Winner - International Wildbird Photographer 2008
Runner-Up - Nordic Nature Photo Contest 2016 

Roy Mangersnes is a Norwegian professional wildlife photographer and trained behaviouralist, who has also made his mark as an author of several books. He has taken to photography as his second skin and travels the world presenting his work as an experienced speaker at various international photo festivals. A Nikon Ambassador, Roy has also won numerous international awards including BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 and 2011, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (GDT) 2010, and 2009 and also Nature's Best Awards 2012.

Roy believes in keeping intact the story that a moment or a brief stretch of time contains in its womb while he sets out to make images. He asserts that if an image lives through the receiver, and not forgotten, then he has made a good image. His ideas breathe through his work and the images he has made around the world — all the way from the Arctic to the Antarctic — show his immense love not only for the breathtaking elements of the natural world but also for the process of photography. His images articulate the beauty of the world around us in endless hues and compositions that are par excellence. 

Roy is a partner at WildlifePhoto & Toehold skipper.

Vijay Mohan Raj
IFS chief conservator of Forests .

Known as VMR among wildlife circles, he has held various field positions including that of the Director of a Tiger Reserve. VMR is conversant with both, the harsh realities of the frontline staff of the forest department and the demands of the new eco-tourist. He brings with him the skills of a photographer, administrator and a conservationist. He has also authored a coffee table book – Daroji, an Ecological Destination. He is one of the founders of


Joshua Barton
Underwater Photographer & Expedition Leader.

Joshua Barton is an American who has been based in India since 1995. A businessman by trade, he has been photographing wildlife on land and sea - initially for enjoyment and challenge - and increasingly for documentation and education.

Joshua regularly explores different parts of the world to find unique areas and animals, away from packaged trips and well-worn destinations. In small boats alone, trekking for weeks and sometimes months, he has seen and photographed our natural world in exciting and unique ways. He is now working on a book about the Cauvery river of southern India

Jayanth Sharma
Wildlife Photographer, Co-founder & CEO, Toehold

Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS), UK

Highly Honoured - Nature's Best Photography Windland Awards 2016
Honourable Mention - Global Arctic Awards 2014
Jayanth took up serious photography in 2004, and after gradually moving out of his day job to pursue his passion full time, co-founded Toehold in 2010 and especially since then, has been a prolific producer of consistently stunning imagery — the kind that is planned in a studio and executed outdoors. Effortlessly combining natural history and fine-art elements, Jayanth brings back rarely seen perspectives from the little-visited domains and far corners of the natural world.

Behind Jayanth's awe-inspiring work are a fierce commitment to nail the composition in the field, an assiduous abstinence from digital manipulation, a nearly devotional love for quality, and zero appetite for compromise. Jayanth uses the strengths of his tools to his immense advantage, creating powerful vignettes of optical excellence designed to pamper the aesthetic corner of a nature lover.

Travelling is oxygen for Jayanth, and he wants to explore all possible natural hotspots of the world while he's on the planet. His unique expertise in photographing in a truly eclectic range of wilderness areas - from Southeast Asia to Canada, Brazil to Norway and East Africa to eastern Russia, is supplemented by his immense experience in the Indian Subcontinent. Having worked in the mighty Himalayas, the unexplored Northeast, the secretive South and the tiger havens of Central India, Jayanth is a homegrown photographer gone totally global.

Participants of his Photo Tours find in him not only an acutely brilliant mentor but also a sparkling inspiration to conceive and execute images they had hitherto probably never imagined. Add to this the distinct brand of humour with which he spreads cheer during his events, and you know why people seek his company as much as the fountain of photography expertise he carries so lightly on his illustrious shoulders. 

Devang Karia
Country Manager- Large Format Design Business, HP GSB,

Devang Karia leads Large Format Design Business for HP’s Graphics Solutions Business (GSB) in the India. In his current role he is responsible for driving the large format business in India to promote the growth of the business across the country for all segments.

Devang brings more than 20 years of experience in the Printing industry to his role as Country Manager – Large format Design business for India. Joining HP in 2006, Devang has had the opportunity to work across multiple geographies units including Middle East & English-speaking Africa region. His Passion for the business & people consistently translates into strong partner relationships industry wide.

Devang is an engineering professional with a strong creative and technical background in one-on-one communication & printing technologies.

Gaurav Chadha
Regional Photo Segment Manager,
HP Indigo for Asia Pacific and Japan

Having done masters in International Business and Marketing from Amity Business School - India, Gaurav Chadha was initially responsible for developing the digital print market in India and Srilanka. With more than 11 years’ experience and 7+ years in HP, his core responsibility was to develop the photo industry in India and Srilanka. In his current role Gaurav Chadha is Regional Photo Segment Manager with HP Indigo for Asia Pacific and Japan market, and is responsible for developing the Go To Market Model in different parts of Asia Pacific and Japan. He is a firm believer of ‘The best way to preserve your memories is to print them’.

Devang is an engineering professional with a strong creative and technical background in one-on-one communication & printing technologies.

Kalyan Varma
Wildlife photographer

Kalyan Varma is a Bangalore based wildlife photographer, filmmaker and conservationist. He is one of the founders of Peepli project; co-director of Nature InFocus nature and wildlife festival; founding member of India Nature Watch. He currently freelances with the BBC Natural History and National Geographic Channel (India), and also works with grassroots NGO's like Nature Conservation Foundation to highlight environmental issues in India. He is recipient of the prestigious Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation award.

  • 2017 Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation award
  • 2015 Por el Planeta - First place in Animal Behaviour
  • 2015 Asferico international nature photography contest
  • 2013 NHM photographer of the year - Biological Realms
  • 2015 Sanctuary Asia - Wildlife photographer of the year

Sudhir Shivram
Wildlife photographer

Sudhir Shivaram grew up in Karnataka and became interested in wildlife photography in 1993 whilst studying engineering in Malnad College of Engineering in Hassan, Karnataka. Currently, he is a full-time photography teacher, conducting Wildlife Photography Tours and Workshops. He was named Sanctuary Asia's "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" for the year 2012.

His pictures are noteworthy for their technically sophisticated and evocative character, generating appropriate moods to move viewers. He campaigns for wildlife protection around the world and gives freely his time and images to raise awareness for nature and wildlife. He also talks about his work and the state of wildlife to young people across the world, hoping to inspire and win their commitment to this cause.

Sudhir Shivaram was one of the brand ambassadors of Canon. He is also the founding member of the non-profit photo sharing site India Nature Watch.

At the 2014 Worldwide Editorial Awards held at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C., National Geographic Traveller India’s September 2013 cover featuring Sudhir’s image won the Yellow Border Award for the best cover across 14 language editions of the magazine worldwide.

Satish H
Satish H
Wildlife photographer

Satish H, based in Bangalore, is a professional photographer with an experience of more than 35 years. Since 1985, he has been a regular participant in many national and international photo salons and has also been awarded in more than 800 instances. His due contributions have been recognized by some of the world’s top photo bodies like the FIAP (Federation International De L'art Photographique), part of the United Nations and the RPS (Royal Photographic Society of England), patronised by the Queen.

Satish is THE FIRST AND YOUNGEST INDIAN to be conferred the EFIAP ( Excellence, FIAP) & MFIAP (Master of Federation De L'art Photographique) for nature color prints .

(1989) ARPS: Associate, Royal Photographic Society, England, UK
(1999) MFIAP: Master, Federation De L'art Photographique, Belgium
(2001) Hon. YPS: Honorary Membership, Youth Photographic Society, Bengaluru, India
(2003) FICS: Fellow, Image Colleague Society, California, USA
(2004) Hon. FICS: Honorary Fellowship, Image Colleague Society, California, USA
(2013) Hon. ECPA: Honorary Membership, East Calcutta Photographic Association, Calcutta, India
(2016) MICS: Master, Image Colleague Society, California, USA

(1995) Delhi Lalithakala Akademi recipient
(2013) Uttar Pradesh Lalithakala Akademi recipient
(2017) Karnataka Lalithakala Akademi recipient


Wildlife India Forum 2018


Wildlife India Forum 2017

The Wildlife India Forum 2017 saw the very best of wildlife photography descend upon Mumbai to discuss the genre and the dire need of the hour—conservation.

Better Photography’s Wildlife India Forum 2017 saw some of the biggest names in wildlife photography come together. Initiated with the aim to educate, and begin a discussion about conservation and photography, we were supported on this journey by our main partners Toehold, one of India’s most prolific wildlife photography and travel companies and Panasonic. We also had the support of HP and the Kenya Tourism Board.

The starry line up of speakers included conservationists, award winners, and photographers with decades of experience and accolades behind them. They spoke about wildlife, photography, conservation, its impact and their own personal journeys in the genre.

Once the talks concluded, it was time to unveil Moments from the Wild an exclusive photobook featuring some of the biggest names in the field. This book has been printed by HP and all proceeds from the book will be going to a wildlife conservation society.

Soon after, began the much-awaited announcement of the winners of the Wildlife India Photography Awards 2017. We present a look at what transpired on this momentous day in Mumbai.

Speaking on the Occasion of Wildlife India Forum 2017

Photographer and Filmmaker, Founder, Visual Africa Productions

He tackled development and the effect on elephant populations in Kenya.

“When we take away land, where do the elephants and the other wildlife go? Did the elephants invade our land or did we take away their territory? These are the questions we need to address in today’s world.”

Conservationist, Photographer and Educator

He presented his award-winning photos on the leopard-man conflict in Mumbai.

“Leopards have adapted fairly well to a city life. Both humans and leopards believe the city belongs to them. The conflict arises when encroachment on green spaces intensifies.”

Photographer and Filmmaker, Founder, Felis Creations

Sandesh presented his journey bringing conservation, photos and films together.

“There’s a hidden world of colour and beauty in the montains and there are so many mysteries and stories in the nature. I like uncovering them and bringing them to audiences that want to do something about it.”

Wildlife and Nature Photographer

As an avid bird photographer, she spoke about her journey into wildlife photography.

“Photography is a powerful tool. Sharing an image as opposed to just writing paragraphs on environmental issues is far more impactful in my experience.”

Director–Marketing, HP Asia Pacific & Japan

Puneet Chadha delivers the keynote address to bgein the Wildlife India Foum 2017.

“Sustainability is one of the core pillars of HP and we are working on it across our product portfolios. Our job is to aid photographers realise their vision and connect with their audience.”

CEO and Co-founder, Toehold Travel & Photography

How can one present a beautiful side to wildlife...was tackled by Jayanth in his talk.

“As photographers, I believe that if we make (wildlife) images that are also pretty and attractive to look at, it can be the first step towards helping conserve and protect.”

Wildlife Photographer, Co-founder of Saevus magazine

His conversational talk touched upon his extensive conservation photography.

“Nature will always present its best self. And the trip for field work will always be amazing. But, we have to strive to portray it in the most accurate way that we possibly can.”

An interactive session by Panasonic

How can Panasonic help a wildlife photographer execute their photographic ideas?

“You, the photographers and filmmakers are the storytellers. We make the technology to help you tell the stories that really matter in wildlife photography.”