Nature inFocus Festival - Pune Edition | Nature inFocus

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Nature inFocus Festival - Pune Edition

The NiF Festival is coming to Pune at the beginning of the new year, as it travels out of Bangalore for the very first time. We are being hosted by the Symbiosis School of Photography in Lavale, Pune on January 12, 2019.

Entry for this event is FREE, but there are only 80 seats available, so registration is mandatory. The seats will be allocated on the first-come-first-serve basis.


12:00 PM to 12:30 PM Talk by Vidya Athreya
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM Talk by Sara
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM LUNCH
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Talk by Sudhir Shivaram
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Talk by Saurabh Desai
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Student Presentation: Sarthak Agarwal
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM Talk by Sarang Naik
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM TEA
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Student Presentation: Keyur Bhatt
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM Talk by Pooja Rathod
5:45 PM - 6:15 PM Talk by Kalyan Varma

Speaker Profiles

Sara Speaker at Nature inFocus Festival - Pune Edition | Nature inFocus


Wildlife Filmmaker

Sara is a wildlife filmmaker and the founder of Evanescence Studios and The Indian Wildlife Channel. He has worked for major networks like the BBC, Nat Geo, Animal Planet and Discovery and his latest series was for NETFLIX. Sara started his journey as a wildlife photographer and continues to share a passion for creating images.

Vidya Athreya Speaker at Nature inFocus Festival - Pune Edition | Nature inFocus

Vidya Athreya


Vidya Athreya has been working on the human leopard conflict issue since 2003. An ecologist with a Masters degree from the University of Pondicherry and Iowa in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, she works with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) - India program, Bangalore and is a member of the IUCN cat specialist group. She is a recipient of the Kaplan Graduate award and has been extensively supported by grants from the Rufford Foundation U.K and the Royal Norwegian Embassy to India.

Kalyan Varma Speaker at Nature inFocus Festival - Pune Edition | Nature inFocus

Kalyan Varma

Wildlife Photographer and Filmmaker

Kalyan Varma is a wildlife photographer, filmmaker, naturalist and explorer specializing in environmental issues in India. He freelances with many of the world's leading magazines, environmental NGOs and television channels like National Geographic and BBC. He is one of the founders of Nature inFocus.

Sarang Naik Speaker at Nature inFocus Festival - Pune Edition | Nature inFocus

Sudhir Shivaram

Wildlife Photographer

Sudhir Shivaram is one of India’s most respected and renowned wildlife photographers. His pictures are noteworthy for their technical sophistication and evocative character and have won him numerous national and international accolades. He was the Sanctuary Asia Photographer of Year in 2012. This green evangelist campaigns for wildlife protection around the world and gives freely of his time and images to raise awareness about nature and wildlife.
Sudhir is a key influencer in the photography space and is one of the brand ambassadors for Canon India. Through his company, Sudhir Shivaram Photography Private Limited, Sudhir conducts photography learning tours to various wildlife destinations across India and Africa with plans to cover more international destinations in the coming seasons. Sudhir also launched his video-based online photography tutorials in a subscription model - the first of its kind in India.
All credentials aside, the thing Sudhir loves the most is to shoot in the wild and teach others how to shoot.

Sarang Naik Speaker at Nature inFocus Festival - Pune Edition | Nature inFocus

Sarang Naik

Photographer and Cinematographer

Sarang Naik is a freelance photographer and cinematographer from Mumbai. Nature & Wildlife Photography has been his passion for the past 7 years. He has a knack for capturing creative and artistic perspectives of scenes that are otherwise commonplace. He also loves to climb mountains, explore new places on a budget and write poetry.

Saurabh Desai Speaker at Nature inFocus Festival - Pune Edition | Nature inFocus

Saurabh Desai


Saurabh worked as a planning engineer at Larsen & Toubro for seven years before he quit to become a full-time photographer. He has now established his own media production house, 50mm Media Productions, and has published a coffee table book named 'Visual Poetries - Fine Art Nature Photography'. He's won numerous national and international accolades and has had his work published on platforms like SAVEUS, Sanctuary Asia, National Geographic and Better Photography. Saurabh's main forte is nature photography, and he hopes to help people fall in love with nature and thereby create a collective consciousness of conservation.

Pooja Rathod Speaker at Nature inFocus Festival - Pune Edition | Nature inFocus

Pooja Rathod

Marine Biologist

Pooja is the co-founder of 'Know Your Fish' - an ocean friendly seafood initiative that promotes sustainable seafood consumption on the India's west coast ( With an M.Sc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from NCBS Bangalore and a Research affiliate - Nature Conservation Foundation, she also works in the Lakshadweep archipelago, studying how herbivores contribute to reef recovery processes. Broadly, her interests lie in understanding the patterns and processes by which degraded coral reefs recover, and how this can be incorporated into, or influenced by, management practices.