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, and an influencer with more than 1.2 M fan followers on social media. She is passionate about birds and a specialist in bird photography. She documents birds and animals through her photographs using a blend of technical excellence and a captivating story. Her work has been appreciated and featured in several national and international publications as well as exhibitions, and she has served on the jury panel for several national and international photography competitions. In addition to this, she regularly conducts wildlife photography master classes in the field in order to cultivate new talent. She is a Nikon Professional Member (NPS). She also conducts talks to spread awareness about the importance of conservation and saving Mother Nature for future generations.
She has travelled across most of India’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, and has also been to some wildlife reserves in Africa. She is the founder member of WCI (Wildlife Conservation of India). For her, wildlife photography is not only a passion, but is also a powerful medium to connect and conserve nature. With this in mind, she clicks every picture 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.
Articles about Rathika and her work has been featured in:
-Sanctuary Asia, Smart photography, Discover India, Better Photography,National Geographic Traveller India,Club class, Femina, Travel and flavours ,BBC,UK,BBC wildlife magazine, Indian Express, Mail today, IndiaToday,The Hindu, Vanitha, Malayala Manorama, Grihshobha, Sakshi, Kerala Kaumadi,Gulf news, Deccan herald, Dainik Jagran, Deccan chronicle, Khaleej times etc
BBC Wildlife magazine-Incredible Indian wildlife moments
Instagrams best wildlife handles to follow right [email protected]é Nast Traveller
15 of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations, by top wildlife photographers
Rathika work has been published in several national and international publications. Few notable are
1. Treasures on Tiger Tracks- A bi-lingual nature guide to Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve- By Jahnavi G Pai,T.Ganesh,R, M Soubadra Devy
2. Published "Birds of JNU" Jawaharlal Nehru University Calendar 2007
3. Helm Dictionary of Scientific bird names-by James A. Jobling
4. A Handbook to the Birds of Shangrila by Jodi Brandt & Ellen Bartee
5. Bird of India by Bikram Grewal
6. The best of Indian wildlife by Vijay Mane
7. Birds of Bharatpur article –Fotowide magazine -Oct 2009
8. Calendar JNU Year 2010,2012,2013
9. Corbett birds article "Fotowide" magazine Sept 2011
10. National Geographic Traveller India, August 2012
11. WWF wall calendar, Year 2012
12. The tiger trail - Travel and flavours magazine (April 2014)
14. In February 2010, Rathika published her first photo book on "Bird photography"
15. In November 20, 2014 Rathika published her "The Best of Wildlife Moments", a photo book of wildlife moments from her collection.
16. Sanctuary Asia-June-2016
17. Photo story Discover India"magazine , May 2016
18.Calender for Ranbaxy 2014
19.Calendar for IFFCO 2016
20. WWF for calendar 2017
21.Moments from the wild-The best of Indian wildlife photography-Published by Better Photography
22.She wrote her Saturday weekend column at The Hindu(Tamil daily)
Her work has been appreciated and featured in several exhibitions. Few notable are
1. In September 2005, she participated in the "Clean Ganga Campaign" , India International Center, New Delhi.
2. A tribute to the top Indian bird photographers-Bird of India, Kolkata, September, 2008
3. Photographic Society of Madras,Salon, Chennai, 2009
4. Festival of owls Festival, Italy, April 2014
5. Uyir Nizhal Exhibition-Coimbatore , Year2010, 2013
6. Brahmaputra Nature Society exhibition ,Guwahati, Assam
7. Odisha Wildlife Lounge- 'Mangalajodi' exhibition Bhubaneswar, Odisha Year Feb 2013
8. International Photography exhibition, Julana,Jind ,Haryana January 2014
9. National Wildlife Photography Exhibition "Click Your Pic", Coimbatore Nov 2014
10.Shillong International photo festival ,November 2015
Rathika Ramasamy regularly conducts Wildlife Photography workshops and gives talk all over India. She conducted workshops and gave talks at many universities and college.
Few of her previous notable workshop are
1."The art of bird Photography talk "Photographic Society of Madras, Chennai, April 2010
2. Wildlife Photography workshop, Apogee, BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan March, 2011
3. Wildlife Photography workshop, Kurukshetra, Anna University, Feb, 2011
4. Wildlife Photography workshop, Assam Nature Society, Guwahati, July, 2011
5. Wildlife Photography workshop, Bangalore Aug, 2011
6. Wildlife Photography workshop, Kochi, Kerala Aug, 2011
7. Wildlife Photography workshop, Acharya Narendra Dev College, New Delhi, October, 2011
8. Wildlife Conservation through Photography" talk -"Birds of Orissa" Bhubaneswar, Feb 2012
9. Wildlife photography workshop , Thrissur, Kerala, August 2013
10.Wildlife photography workshop , Amirta university, Coimbatore,March 2014
11 .Wildlife photography workshop, Coimbatore, March, 2014
12.Wildlife photography workshop, Mumbai, March, 2014
13. Wildlife photography workshop, Hyderabad university, Hyderabad September,2014
14.Wildlife photography talk, webinar for Adobe virtual series, NewDelhi, October 2014
15. Wildlife photography workshop, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh , Assam , November, 2014
16.'Art of Bird Photography' Delhi BirdRace, New Delhi, December, 2014
17. Master Class Workshop, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, December 2015
18.Wildlife photography workshop , Shillong international photo festival.
19. “Youth4clicks” contest workshop at Kaziranga National Park,Assam by Saevus magazine, Feb 2018
20. School of Media technology and communication, Vel Tech Deemed University, Chennai
21. Wildlife Photography workshop Photographic Society of Madras(PSM), Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, December 2017
22.Wildlife Photography workshop –IIT Madras, Chennai, April 2018
23.Power your clicks workshop by Nikon India Pvt ltd, July ,2018
24.Wildlife Photography workshop -The National Academy of Direct Taxes(NADT), Nagpur, Dec 2018
25.Wildlife photography workshop by Vandalur Zoo - Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur, Chennai(AAZP), Dec 2018
26.Odisha Wildlife Photography Trail in association with Odisha Tourism and Times of India , Feb 2019
27.Basic Wildlife Photography Workshop, Department of Atomic Energy, Sports and Cultural Council, DAE Cultural Centre, Anushakti Nagar, Mumbai
28.Photography workshop(webinar),Photography club of IIT-Kanpur, July 2020
29.Basic of Wildlife Photography, Pondicherry University, Oct, 2020
Ariviyal Palagai organised online classes by Vigyan Prasar (VP) , Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and Tamilnadu Science & Technology Centre, State Government.