Coimbatore-based Sitara Karthikeyan wins Young Photographer Award

Coimbatore-based Sitara Karthikeyan’s {photograph} of a mud bathing elephant gained recognition at Nature inFocus Photography Awards

An impressive tusker blows mud over himself as he walks head-on in the direction of the photographer. This picture clicked by Sitara Karthikeyan at Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is the winner within the Youth class at Asia’s coveted Nature in Focus Photography Awards.

It earned her the ‘Young Photographer Award’ on the competitors, which places the highlight on passionate younger expertise.

“I am excited with this recognition as this is my last attempt in the under-17 category,” says Coimbatore-based Sitara, who’s a Class XII scholar, explaining why the photographic occasion is essential. “It gets over 10,000 entries from photographers from around the world in various categories.”

She goes on to explain the expertise of taking the award-winning {photograph}: “When this elephant showed up during our jungle safari, I clicked the image to tell the story of its behaviour. Elephants dust bathe to keep their skin healthy and keep parasites at bay. It also cools down their bodies. I converted the image to a black-and-white one to make the detailing stand out.”

Elephant along with her calf

Sitara’s {photograph} of a mom elephant interacting along with her calf in a pleasant duel gained the extremely honoured (Youth class) award at Nature’s Best Photography Asia performed in Japan by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington.The occasion receives as many as 40,000 entries from Asian international locations. “It was fascinating to observe the elephant with her calf — the calf was playful, the mother was protective of her. I waited for over an hour to capture that emotion,” says Sitara. Both awards had been introduced within the first week of September.

Coimbatore-based Sitara Karthikeyan wins Young Photographer Award

For Sitara, who has been into wildlife pictures since she was 9, it’s all about appreciating Nature and being conscious of conservation. “Anyone who wants to get into Nature photography should start off with trekking to a forest,” she says, including that she by no means carries plastic to the forest. “My outings in the wild have taught me lessons on animal behaviour, patience, and to be responsible.”

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