Thursday, February 5, 2009

Nirmal Kulkarni sweeps both awards in Wildlife Week Photography competition.
Nirmal Kulkarni, a known ecologist and wildlife photographer has bagged the first place in both categories i.e. 1. Wildlife Photography competition for General Public and the Nature Photography Competition that was organized by the Wildlife wing of the Goa Forest Department on the occasion of Wildlife Week celebrations in the state.
The awards were presented by the Chief Minister of Goa Mr. Digambar Kamat in the presence of the Forest Minister Mr. Philip Neri Rodrigues , Mr. Rajeev Yaduvanshi Forest Secretary and the Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr. Shashi Kumar at the concluding function held at Ana Font Garden Margao.
Nirmal Kulkarni, besides being a trained ecologist and a herpetology expert is also an alumnus of the Goa College of Art having specialized in Applied Art and Advertising Photography before switching over to his passion-Wildlife photography.
He has to his credit various exhibitions on nature and Goan wildlife and has also participated at the national level with entries on Goa’s lesser known fauna. Nirmal’s Wildlife Photography portfolio spans over a decade of dedicated work in the Western Ghats of Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka besides North East India including Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and includes rare natural history images on reptiles, amphibians and insects. His images also feature in the Goa State official Calendar of 2009 and various other publications including Fish Curry and Rice, Best of Goa, Goa, Sweet land of Mine, etc.
Besides wildlife photography, Nirmal Kulkarni is also involved in field research on herpetofauna and has to his credit various research papers and notes in reputed journals.
Part of a research team that discovered that discovered two new species of caecilians, i.e. legless amphibians, the Goan caecilian and the Mhadei caecilian, his work also helped in reporting range extensions of many species of small mammals and reptiles from Goa’s Protected Areas including the Slender Loris, Stripe neck mongoose, Olive Forest Snake, etc.
His philosophy of popularizing and integrating field based grassroots basic research amongst the local youth to conserve wildlife habitats has helped create a network on young naturalists all across the state and the country.
A prolific writer on ecology and wildlife issues, Nirmal contributes articles and images to local and national newspapers and magazines and believes that creating awareness through communicative nature photographs is the need of the hour.
A member of the Goa State Wildlife Advisory Board and recipient of several awards including the State Nehru Yuva Kendra award, the ECHO Ecologist of the Year award and the Sarpamitra award by the Indian Herpetological Society for contribution to herpetology research and awareness, he is currently the Director, Ecology of Wildernest Nature resort and a member of the Mhadei Bachao Abhiyaan.

1 comment:

Geethanjali Bahal said...

Nirmal is trully a inspirational soul. His passion for nature and its habitat has given rise to a new me. I will be trying my best to play a part however small it may be to preserve the known and search the unknown to us all within our immediate surroundings which mother nature has trustingly given to us.

Dr.Geethanjali Bahal
A Osteopath, Naturopath and a scientist. London, UK