Ashish Neupane | Nepal | 2017
Having photographic interest, I was never fascinated towards nature photography. When I saw the banners of Leveraging Wildlife Conservation through Photography, the thing that took me into it was the name of the renowned mentor.
I got to know so many friends there in the photography. Not just the mentees, but the local guides too. We went to the jungle every day. I had some tough time walking in the jungle as I was not used to initially. But then the beauty of the deep dark forests, gave me the energy to explore more. The jungle drives were amazing. I never knew hiding behind the tree for more than an hour to see the wild animals, would be much more than worthy. I can still remember the view of the golden reflection from the magical creature, Tiger. I never knew that a jungle could have those many interesting patterns to treasure.
Fear, adventure, lots of fun and nature! It was a lifetime experience in the wild jungle of the West Nepal. I never had thought that far from my home, beyond my comfort zone, I would be healed with the magnificent beauty of nature. Being around with all nature lovers, under the guidance of grounded person like Balan Madhavan, were one of the best days of my life. Fire camps, singing together, walking in the jungle were the moments I enjoyed most. Besides learning how to click photos, I learnt to admire the beauty of flora and fauna that I never did before. Taking back home the beautiful memories, I feel a different freshness and energy revived in my soul.
Sambriddi Ghimire | Nepal | 2017
I never thought that a week’s time would bear so much importance in one’s life before I went to this one of a kind wildlife photography workshop. Working with the best mentor that I could ever imagine, the workshop did really help me out in ways that I hadn’t imagined it would. Working with Madhavan sir, a man with great knowledge of wildlife was not just very informative but also enjoyable. Also, with the added fun in company of all the organizers and specially Prasun da and Anup da, the workshop has built connections that one would like to keep for a lifetime.
Had I the opportunity, I would fly straight back to Nepal for another round of this amazing photography experience.
Shuvavi Pradhan | Nepal | 2017
“Leveraging Wildlife Conservation through Photography” was my first photography workshop and to be part of such an amazing team was one of my best gap year experiences. Being the youngest participant in the workshop, I was worried that I would have a difficult time mingling into a group of elders and professionals. While in the workshop, I did not feel left out at all. The love for photography bound all of us and rather than learning just from Balan Sir, we were also learning a lot of new things from each other. I consider myself lucky to have learnt so much in such a short period of time.
This workshop was a great way to learn about different animals in their own habitat. The workshop was also a perfect balance of practical and theoretical learning. I consider myself lucky that I got to capture some endangered birds, rhinos, dears, dancing peacocks and even otters. Getting to learn practically in such a serene environment was definitely a plus point. I’ve jumped in front of beautiful mountain backdrops of Annapurna, rolled down the hills of Illam, and I’m proud to say that I’ve walked through the forest of the “Tiger land” with the most amazing group of people.