An Indian Wildlife Photographer based in New Delhi, Rathika Ramasamy has set a benchmark in the field of wildlife photography. She is among the founding members of the Photography Arts Association of India and has been called the “first Indian woman to strike an international reputation as a wildlife photographer”. To add another feather in her already loaded cap, in 2008 Rathika became the only woman to be chosen as one of the Top 20 best photographers of India by The “Birds of India”.
Rathika was born in a small village Venkatachalapuram near Theni, a small town in Southern India. A graduate in computer engineering and an MBA in addition, she was one amongst the few to choose her passion over the usual office job.
In 2003, her uncle gifted her first camera. She soon visited the Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur and clicked some pictures. Awestruck by the colours and movements of birds, her interest in capturing their habits grew and she started to visit the Okhla bird sanctuary regularly to study them. She began her professional journey in photography by teaching herself the technical skills. Taking her passion forward, she soon became a frequent visitor of the renowed national parks of India, Kenya and Tanzania.
Author of “The Best Wildlife Moments, Rathika has been awarded with the International Camera Fair (ICF) award, for her excellence in wildlife photography and the Inspiring Icon award by Sathyabama University, Chennai in 2005. In the same year, her wildlife photography was featured at the “Clean Ganga Campaign” held at the India International Center, New Delhi. Her photographs were also featured in Jawaharlal Nehru University’s annual calendar.
Her works have been recognized in several national and international publications. She also conducts various talks and workshops across the country.
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