Aishwarya Sridhar
Photography in the field Author: Rani Sridhar
2022

Aishwarya Sridhar

Photographer

Personifying animals through a camera lens

meet aishwarya

Aishwarya Sridhar is an award-winning conservation photographer, filmmaker and presenter. An emerging fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers, her work revolves around using visual media to create positive conservation impact. She has travelled across hostile terrains documenting unique stories of India’s rare and endangered species. She has produced, directed and presented for leading networks including National Geographic, Discovery, BBC Earth and DD National. A Canon EOS influencer and Decathlon ambassador, she is also passionate about youth empowerment and regularly conducts talks at schools and colleges.

Personifying animals through a camera lens
Nominated by: Buffy Redescker MR'19
Class of 2022 Location India
Aishwarya in the field
Aishwarya in the field Author: Rani Sridhar

As a wildlife filmmaker and photographer, I strive to make wild creatures relatable, turning them into heroes of their own story, and following their struggles and triumphs. My film Tiger Queen of Taru followed the life of a wild tigress named Maya from the dense forests of Central India. The film portrayed Maya as a mother and queen, driving home the message that big cats are not just carnivores but can experience emotions as well. Using color, perspective, technology and a strong narrative, I seek to create interesting views of the natural world and provide recognition to these mute creatures. I am developing a series, which will follow me as I explore the deepest jungles and meet ex-poachers, scientists and conservationists to learn what it takes to protect India’s last primates.

“I want to be at the forefront of films that bring the beauty and mysteries hidden in the deepest, remotest canopies right into people’s living room, inspiring them to think, care, act and preserve what’s left on our planet for the future.”

- Aishwarya Sridhar
Author: Rani Sridhar

I have been working for the last four years with conservation organizations, local fishing communities and the government towards policy protection for the Panje wetlands of Navi Mumbai. A film inspired a national signature campaign, and it was attached as proof to a Public Interest Litigation filed at Bombay High Court. This resulted in a high court order stopping all further land reclamation work in and around that area. The state government has subsequently lent their support to declare Panje as a Ramsar wetland site, protecting the wetland and the livelihood of the local fishing communities. Now, I am working on a documentary focused on wildlife trafficking.

My passion motivates me to ensure that as global storyteller with an Indian heart, I want to be at the forefront of films that bring the beauty and mysteries hidden in the deepest, remotest canopies right into people’s living room, inspiring them to think, care, act and preserve what’s left on our planet for the future.

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