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Presents

Wildlife photography Contest

Theme : Class Reptilia

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Reptiles are ectothermic, tetrapod descendants that live in almost all parts of the earth except the polar and associated regions. In India, three living orders of reptiles are represented - Crocodylia (crocodiles), Testudines (turtles and tortoises) and Squamata (lizards and snakes). Three global biodiversity hotspots – the Western Ghats, the Eastern Himalaya, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are endowed with varied and unique reptilian fauna.

 

India is home to a approximately 610 species of reptiles are known from India, about 50% of them endemic. This  includes 3 species of crocodiles, 34 species of turtles and tortoises, 231 species of lizards and 304 species of snakes belonging to 36 families. 

 

They have a principal role in balancing the ecosystem. Reptiles have always been a hot topic when it comes to biodiversity conservation. Largely misrepresented and often perceived as dangerous, reptiles are met with fear and hostility, leading to incidents of human conflict with this species. This aversion towards reptiles results in the death of latter in case of man animal conflict. Habitat destruction and climate change all the more adds to the steep decline in wild populations of these reptiles. In order to educate people about these reptiles we strive to collect and display an array of photographs depicting moments from the wild. 

 

We call for your entries under this year’s theme of Class Reptilia. Your illustrations will help us  indoctrinate masses!

Submit your best and rare photographs today!

Jury

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Kedar Bhide

An environmental health expert in urban biodiversity.
An acknowledged wildlife and nature photographer and founder of Zero bites, snakebite death mitigation initiative.

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Soumabrata Moulick

A passionate conservation photographer and a fulltime Masterclass mentor with DCP.  His work has been appreciated on various nation and international platforms.

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Kapil Sharma

A  passionate photographer. Started wildlife photography from age 10. Has been recognised by Vanguard national travel photography contest, Eyewin international awards.

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Saleel Gharpure

A zealous photographer with experience of a decade. Recognised on several platforms for his photography. Founder of Srushti Exhibitions and Urban Trails.

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