Focus on biodiversity

Rohit Pansare was a Bayer Young Environmental Envoy in 2008. Recently, we noticed that he had been posting spectacular wildlife photographs on Facebook, and caught up with him to find out about his new pursuit. Here, he tells us how he came to be an impassioned wildlife photographer and shares some of his spectacular images.

Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapraI)

“I was in the BYEE class of 2008, and my project was about celebrating Eco-friendly festivals in India. Until then, I hadn’t considered a career in the environmental sector, although as a young boy I had dreamt of working in Gujarat’s Forestry Department. But interacting with so many talented people, all working towards a common goal of environmental protection, really turned my life around.

Lesser flamingos (Phoenicopterus minor)

“I’ve always been curious about wildlife and animal behaviour. Photography, for me, was a medium that could help understand these. I started with my back yard, observing and recording birds, insects, spiders and so on. Slowly, I started enjoying photography more than anything else. Later, as part of my master’s programmme, I got to travel all over India. In the process, I got hooked on travelling and photography!

Green vine snake (Ahaetulla nasuta)

“Animal behaviour fascinates me. Darwin’s idea of the survival of the fittest inspires me. Wildlife photography is a medium to document and understand the morphology and behaviour of animals, birds and insects – and human interaction with the environment.

Grass mantis

“In today’s world of social media and communication, photo stories have the greatest impact and reach. Images can create fascination in young minds. I feel this fascination is the key for shaping the minds of children and young people, who are future friends of the environment.

Dance of the rosy starling (Pastor roseus)

“Young people in the cities are growing increasingly away from the environment, but I hope these images will at least generate an interest in the world beyond the concrete jungles of today.“

Rohit is at work on a personal photo-a-day project to improve his photography skills. Visit his blog to follow this project, and check out his Facebook page to learn more!

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