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The wilds beckon this 12-year-old lensman

M. Sai Gopal
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Dhruv Wadkar
Dhruv Wadkar

He is only 12 years old, but his photographs share the same space with reputed wildlife photographers drawn from various parts of the country. The rare honour is a cherished moment for Dhruv Wadkar, whose photographs of the wild, especially tigers of Ranthambore National Park, were up at the three-day exhibition being held at Saptaparini, Banjara Hills, from Thursday.

Youngest photographer

The class 7 student of Delhi Public School, Nacharam, had submitted his best photographs of tigers taken at Ranthambore National Park for a photo exhibition of wild tigers titled ‘Call of the Tiger', organised by Wildlife Savers Society in association with Earth Matters Foundation at New Delhi. “Two of my photographs were selected. There were 32 participants and among them I was the youngest photographer,” he recalls. The exhibition had 75 photographs of the wild cat taken by best wildlife photographers from the country.

Thanks to his impressive photographs, which were part of the exhibition, Dhruv has been appointed as the first teenage brand ambassador of The Wildlife Savers Society and Earth Matters Foundation. The child photographer has also bagged the honorary life membership of both the societies.

“I have spent two days at Ranthambore taking pictures of the wild. I photographed all kinds of wild animals during my stay in the national park. A picture of the tiger drinking water near a pond stood out and that was chosen for the exhibition,” he said.

Photography started as a hobby for Dhruv.

“His mother encouraged him a lot to take up photography. We gifted him a small camera when he was seven and from then on he started clicking regularly and now photography has become a passion for him,” says Dhruv's father Anant Wadkar.

It's not just Ranthambore, Dhruv has also been to several other national parks to pursue his passion for photography. “I have interesting collection of wildlife pictures taken at Kanha National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Goa. Thanks to my parents, right now I am using Nikon D2X camera. They have done a lot for me,” he says.

Dhruv Wadkar appointed the first teenage brand ambassador of The Wildlife Savers Society and Earth Matters Foundation


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