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Photographer of the Week – Pradyuman Samant


I'm Pradyuman Samant and I am 16-years-old. I've been in love with wildlife since I first visited Jim Corbett back in 2011. Since then, I have travelled a lot for wildlife and nature photography. Recently my image from the Masai Mara received an award at Nature In Focus in the Special Mention in young category.

What's in your bag?

Canon 60D
Canon 300mm f/4
Canon 1.4 tc
Canon 55-250mm
Tamron 90mm
Hoya filters

When did you start photography?

I started photography in 2012 when I was just 12-years-old. I started with kids camp at one of the tiger reserves in India.

Favourite location?

In India it has to be Bharatpur. I have been to that place just once and I am in love with it. It’s such a peaceful place for photography and it serves as a paradise for us bird photographers. Besides India, I have just been to the Masai Mara so that’s number one on my list.

Latest wildlife picture

My latest wildlife picture was taken at Amboli one of the rainforests situated in Maharastra, India. It was a baby inside the egg of a Bush Frog. I was just amazed to see this tiny creature full of life through my lens.

Who are your heroes?

There are many who inspire and mainly boost my interest towards wildlife photography like Kalyan Verma, Sudhir Shivram, Caesar Sengupta, Philip Ross, Amit Rane... The list is too long but still, I have done some tours with these mentors and really learnt a lot from them.

Best piece of advice

I am still very young to give advice but still can contribute some words to young photographers who would like to establish themselves in this field. My advice to young wildlife photographers like me would be to give it some time. Photography is not something you can learn in a month or a year it's something you will be learning for your entire life and more importantly, do not lose hope in this field. You have to keep trying and trying and trying. If you lose hope you can never possibly establish something in this field.

Favourite subject?

I love photographing leopards. I have had very few chances to photograph them but I absolutely love capturing them. Last year on my visit to the Masai mara everyone was hoping to get a good sighting of lions, cheetahs, zebras etc and I was the only odd one to hope for a great sighting of leopard.

Favourite lens?

I love my canon 300mm with a 1.4 t.c.

Most memorable moment?

I just achieved a special mention award within the 'young category' in the recently held Nature in Focus competition in India. I was really proud to receive it and meet really great national as well as international photographers and conservationists during this event.

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