Ghaisas’ pic adjudged best at wildlife photography expo

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jan 2018 09:08:02


Special Correspondent,

Viraj Arun Ghaisas won the first prize of Rs 25,000 in the national-level photography competition and exhibition organised by Srushti Paryavaran Mandal from Monday at Chitnavis Centre in memory of Raju Harkare, a noted wildlife lover.

Pratik Pradhan bagged the second prize of Rs 15,000 while Sitaram D Raut and Faizan Khan shared the third prize of Rs 10,000. Viraj submitted the entry on Fire Flies while Pratik submitted an entry on Phantom Fly. Sitaram’s entry was on Black Necked Storke and Faizan’s was on Spider Geaco.

Ripan Biswas Dipak Nandkumar Mandlik, Mandar Ghumare were included in the special mention category while
Anuj D Raina and Kallol Mukheree received judge’s choice award. Nayan Khanolkar, BBC Award Winner, was the judge.

Rishikesh Ranjan, CCF and Field Director, Pench Tiger Reserve, lighted the traditional lamp to mark inauguration of the exhibition in which organisers displayed 84 photographs on wildlife out of over 550 received by them. He said, photography is an art because a photographer captures a particular moment by using his talents and skills.
He pointed out that paintings on wild animals were drawn at Ballarshah Railway Station and said the Divisional Railway Manager, Nagpur, was prepared to provide spots at Nagpur Railway Station in a month or so for the same purpose that would help in creating awareness about wildlife in this land of tiger capital. He also wanted spots from Nagpur airport to Metro Rail to display paintings on wildlife.

Ranjan appreciated the organisers for holding such an exhibition, which will remain open for public till January 10 from 11 am to 8 pm.
Swanand Soni made introductory remarks. Sanjay Deshpande, President of Srushti Paryavaran Mandal, and Pradeep Behare, Vice-President, were among those who were seated on the dais. Parents of Raju Harkare, Vinit Arora, Secretary, Sudhir Paliwal, Prof Vijay Ghuge, Prashant Mukherjee, Prasant Upasani and others were present.