An exclusive interview with Lavanya Krishnan, a wildlife photographerHello Everybody! Here, we have India's first female wildlife photographer, Ms. Lavanya Krishnan along with us. In this interview, let me rapidly flash some interesting questions to the lenswoman of India and get to know about her and her love for photography. Before I lock her with questions, I feel proud to share my hearty congratulations to Ms. Lavanya, for winning the International Wildlife Photographer award for the year 2018, on behalf of the whole country.
Q.1-Me: Welcome to the show Ms.Lavanya! Let me start the interview with your prestigious award. So, how did you really feel when you hear your name in the international arena?
Lavanya: First of all, thanks a lot for your wishes! As an Indian I really felt proud and when the presenter announced "the International Wildlife Photographer award for the year 2018- goes to Lavanya Krishnan from India", my heart bounced out of joy. Actually, in the nomination list, I found many brilliant photographs of the world's best wildlife photographers and I felt very happy to find my name amongst them on the list. I didn't even expect that my snap of a snake catching a frog would grab an award. It was a big surprise and of course, I should thank the nature and God.
Q.2-Me: Wow! That is amazing. We all know that wildlife photography is not an easy profession. But as a female professional wildlife photographer, what are the challenges you face in your profession?
Lavanya: I don't find any difference between a male and a female. As you said, wildlife photography is one of the challenging jobs because as a human we can't predict the weather, lighting conditions and the unexpected behavior of the animals and the birds living in the forest. So, before entering the spot, we usually select a subject and will do a complete research about the history of the subject, particularly about the location and the behavior of the animal or bird. Most importantly to capture a perfect moment in the right time at the right place, we need creativity and patience to wait because sometimes the animal/bird which you are looking for will not show up for a long time. We may also face some environmental challenges especially in the forest areas or national parks. Though there a lot of challenges in wildlife photography, every time my passion and love for wildlife photography helps me to forget all the challenges I encounter in my profession. One perfect snap is enough to erase all of my problems.
Q.3-Me: Great, that sounds amazing! As a wildlife photographer, you would have come across different countries in the world and would have seen a different species of both flora and fauna. Since you spend most of the time with nature, animals and birds, you might be aware of the species that are on the verge of extinction. So, what is your opinion on nature and wildlife conservation?
Lavanya: It is important to conserve both nature and wildlife. Like human beings, animals and birds do have an amazing life. But apart from forest fire and other natural disasters, a lot of activities such as deforestation, trading of raw materials from forest resources, poaching of wildlife, etc. by human create a serious threat to nature and leads to the loss of biodiversity. These human activities must be controlled and more awareness campaigns should be conducted to address this issue. The life of human depends on nature. So, we must hold the responsibility to the conserve the beauty and the life of nature.
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