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Baiju Patil Bagged - YES BANK- Saevus Natural Capital Awards | Congratulation From All Aurangabadkar

The city-based wildlife photographer Baiju Patil has won the Asia's highest 'Yes Bank-Saevus Natural Capital Award' this year for the best wildlife photography. He was conferred the award in New Delhi on September 4. The award carries a purse of rs two lakh in cash, certificate and memento. Talking to the mediapersons here today, Mr Patil said there were total 15,000 entries of wildlife photographers from all of the Asian countries. Of which, 50 were selected for the final three awards, which went to Indian photographers, he said. 

"Congratulation From All Aurangabadkar"

Short Info About This Award

YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector Bank, in association with Saevus, a leading nature and wildlife photography magazine, today announced the 1st YES BANK-Saevus Natural Capital Awards. Natural Capital simply defined is the economic value of the country’s ecosystems and flora & fauna, and this first-of-its-kind awards program will acknowledge individuals, teams and companies who through their initiatives help encourage conservation and growth of Natural Capital. Participants can register their entries starting March 5th, 2013 till April 20th, 2013 on The contest will encapsulate entries from 3 categories; Pixel Perfect – Individual Participation, Nature’s Trailblazers – Team Participation and an Eco-Corporate category which will assess large Indian corporations on their contribution to protect, preserve and prosper the ecology and environment. The winners will be declared at a ceremony to be held in July 2013, at New Delhi.

The jury for the contest comprises of well renowned personalities from the wildlife photography and corporate sustainability fields. Prominent personalities include Mr. Raghu Rai, India’s eminent photographer and photojournalist, Mr. Pooran Pandey, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact – India Network, Mr. Santhosh Jayaram, Technical Director, KPMG India, Mr. Rodney Irwin – Program Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and many more. The jury will follow a strict evaluation methodology that will evaluate the entries on the basis of 3 key parameters, i.e. Technical Finesse, Creativity and Content. Additionally, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) has been appointed as the knowledge & process partner for the event and they will help evaluate the Eco-corporate entries.

About Saevus

Saevus Magazine is India’s first premium wildlife and natural history magazine. It is about compelling storytelling, stunning visuals and in depth natural history for readers across all ages and groups. Saevus magazine, true to its spirit was launched on the 17th of February at Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat in the presence of eminent naturalists, photographers, corporate and members of the press. Saevus’ mission is to popularize and raise awareness of India’s beautiful Wildlife & Natural History among its citizens across all ages and gender.

The award categories:
  1. Pixel Perfect Photograph of the Year Award - This award aims to celebrate the Indian nature and wildlife. These will have selections from soul-stirring photographs of wildlife moments and awe inspiring natural phenomena
  2. Nature's Trailblazers Award - A signature award, this will honour original content through India’s best talent in natural history and wildlife photography. These will select stories and narrations by groups of individuals venturing into the unknown, unveiling the hidden patterns of nature
  3. Eco Corporate of the Year Award - This will honour organisations that are working for the environment, ecosystems and affected communities
from above categories Baiju Patil Wins Pixel Perfect Photograph of the Year Award.

Baiju Patil's Award Winning Photograph
Above Taken Image Description :

This picture was taken at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. I visited the sanctuary after a long while as it had been dry for last 4 to 5 years. There was already an image in my mind before going there, because I was aware that cormorants and pelicans prey on the large-sized fish in this lake. Interestingly, cormorants dive into the water to catch a fish, and as soon as they come on the surface the pelicans attack them and snatch the prey. So the cormorants try to eat the fish as fast as they can. As the lake is huge, there was plenty of activity going on. But I was in search of a tight frame and a close shot, for which, I was sitting in the same place for 7 days. The cormorants in the picture came on the surface for few seconds, though it was unable to swallow the very big fish it had caught in one go.

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