Kalyan Varma: Aiming for the perfect shot

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Kalyan Varma is an Emmy nominated wildlife filmmaker, photographer and conservationist specialising in environment, ecology and conservation in India. He has worked on many landmark blue-chip wildlife series for the BBC and National Geographic channel. His work has appeared in many publications worldwide, including National Geographic, Nature, Guardian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Lonely Planet and other magazines.

Kalyan is actively involved in fostering community among photographers and wildlife conservationists. In 2004 he, along with a team of photographers, founded India Nature watch, an online community which now has become the largest platform for wildlife photographers in Asia. In 2015, he co-founded the slow-journalism initiative the Peepli project, which delves deep into unreported, under-reported themes. He is one of the co-founders of Nature InFocus, an annual festival focussed on nature photography and conservation.

He collaborates with wildlife scientists, conservationists, policymakers, activists and educators on conservation action, activism, documentation, books and film projects. Kalyan is an honorary associate with Nature Conservation Foundation.

He is the recipient of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award for Plants category, best in Animal behaviour in Poral el Planeta and Sanctuary ‘Wildlife Photographer of the year' award.

Kalyan hopes to combine an artist’s eye with a journalist’s curiosity and sense of storytelling in his visual style, resulting in a body of work which he hopes will inspire the viewer to discover more.