Welcome to online portfolio of Rathika Ramasamy wildlife photography.
Born in a village Venkatachalapuram near Theni,a town in Southern India,Rathika has always had a fierce connect with the drama of nature.Now she is based in Chennai. An MBA/Computer Engineer, she was drawn towards the photographic capture of this drama as a career in 2003 at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Rathika is arguably one of India's foremost wildlife photographers. She is passionate about birds and is specializing in bird photography. In documenting birds through her photographs, she has developed a style of technical excellence combined with a captivating story. She has travelled to most of the National parks in India, and has also been to national parks in Africa. For her, wildlife photography is not only a passion, but is also a powerful medium to connect and conserve nature. Her work has been appreciated and featured in several national and international publications as well as exhibitions. She is member of Nikon's Professional Services(NPS ). She regularly conducts wildlife photography workshops and holds talks all over India. She has served on the jury panel for national and international Photography competitions. She loves to shoot Indian forest, as she believes India has one of the best Fauna & Flora .She is a founder member of Wildlife Conservation of India.
She clicks her pictures with the motto: Every time I press the shutter, it's one step closer to Mother Nature.
Accolades and recognition:
-In September 2005, she participated in the "Clean Ganga Campaign" and exhibited her work at the India International Center, New Delhi along with her photographer friends.
-2005,She was one of the founder member of Photography Art Association of India,PAAI, photography forum for photographers
-In 2007, she worked on the calendar for the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University that featured birds of the campus, New Delhi.
-She was selected as one of the top bird photographers in India by ‘Birds of India’ in 2008.
- 2009 October- Doordarshan honoured her as first wildlife women photographer in India and featured her work in DD national.
-‘Uccelli in Natura’, an Italian magazine on birds, selected and featured her as the best bird photographer from Asia.
-2009 September -Her famous Sarus crane dance image selected for cover image of"Helm dictionary of scientific birdnames".
-2015 and 2019 Rathika is one of the jury for 4th and 7th National Photography Awards, organized by Photo Division Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, New Delhi
-2016 She was invited to be one of the Jury for the Siena International Photo Awards
-Jury for the DCP Annual Awards 2017,2018
-Jury for the” I Click PHOTOGRAPHY, 2017
Jury for the “National Photography Contest”, Costa Rican Ornithology Association“,2017
-Jury for the “Youth4clicks “ contest Saevus magazine, year 2017-2018,2018-2019
-2018 She was cited to be the best known woman photographer across the world on the internet.
-2019 Rathika has been mentioned in the 10th Standard Science text book this year 2019 edition of Tamil Nadu Government state syllabus. (Lesson 22nd, Environmental management, page number 317)
-Feb 2015 Rathika has been conferred the "Inspiring Icon Award" from the prestigious Sathyabama University, Chennai.
- June 2015 She has been conferred the ICF( The International Camera Fair)award for the outstanding performance and achievements in wildlife photography.
-October 2018 She has been awarded “Inidhu environment award.
-Feb 2020 ,Rathika received the the Literary(புலமை ) category of Sakthi award from Puthiya Thalaimurai TV group, Chennai.
-Feb 2020, Rathika was conferred the “Women of Excellence “,Lens queen award from Karpaga Vinayaga College of Engineering Technology, Chengalpatt,Tamil Nadu.
-Feb 2020, Rathika received the Women of wonder-Realistic Awards 2020
-March 2020,“Women achiever 2K20” Award from Asan memorial institution group.