Varun Aditya ( born January 18, 1991) is an Indian wildlife photographer and an environmentalist. He has also received accolades for his photographs, notably claiming first prize as the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016.
He has also been doing research about animals and nature by taking photographs of them
He received the opportunity to travel with American popular landscape photographer Michael Melford to Costa Rica and Panama after winning a Nat Geo competition in 2013. In 2016, he won the first prize at the National Geographic Photographer of the Year in the Animal Portraits category for his photograph on a green vine snake which is also called the Asian Vine Snake.
On 19 August 2019 coinciding with the World Photography Day, CEO of Apple, Tim Cook took to Twitter and shared an image which was captured by Varun Aditya related to the picture on elephants with double rainbow in the background.
Word From VARUN
I’m an ardent Nature lover and a self-taught photographer from India, specialising in Wildlife and Nature Photography.I’m the 1st prize Winner of Natgeo Nature photographer of year 2016. My works have been featured on Natgeo thrice and I have been on an expedition with Natgeo to Costa Rica and Panama as a result of winning a contest conducted by Natgeo in 2013. My photos have embellished book covers, jigsaw puzzles and the walls of several offices and homes.
Vibrant, sometimes under exposed and artistic photographs are my preference. For me, composition, self-satisfaction and photos that convey a story are imperative. I strive hard to wring out satisfaction out of every picture. I also try to bring out the beauty of nature which would please your eyes and also appeal to anyone willing to adorn your walls. Many photographs, photographers and also Cinematographers from movies and documentaries inspire me every day to do more. Creativity, perspectives and story-telling has no end !
I started in 2011 and have travelled across several of my favorite places like Masai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu, Costa Rica and many national parks in India. During these years, I have witnessed, experienced and learnt the behaviors of animals, which are absolutely essential for wildlife photography. I experience an astounding connection with nature and photography.
I also teach photography on field by conducting wildlife expeditions/photographic tours in India and Africa.
Awards and recognition
- The National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year award in 2016