The WCI Team & Volunteers
Ms.Rathika Ramasamy , Founder of WCI
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 has travelled across most of India’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, and has also been to some wildlife reserves in Africa. 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. She also conducts talks to spread awareness about the importance of conservation and saving Mother Nature for future generations.
Ranjani is IT professional working as a project manager and wildlife photographer with a passion towards conservation based wildlife photography. Having worked for many years in animal rescues and rehabilitation, Ranjani wanted to create more awareness towards conservation of animals and birds through her photography. Four years ago, she started photographing birds in local marshlands and grasslands. She also began travelling to various national parks and sanctuaries across India including Pench, Kaziranga, Kotagiri, Bharathpur, Thattekad, Kabini, Corbett, Jhalana, Ranthambore and Bandhavgarh. Ranjani is interested in focusing on conservation of leopards and documenting impact on birds due to destruction of wetlands. Her photographic work has been appreciated in many wildlife communities like Discovery UK , Discovery Wild Magzine, WildlifeIndia and other social media pages. Ranjani is also running her own business that aims to preserve and promote traditional textile weavers.
Mr. Ananthakrishnan Srinivasan
Ananth is a wildlife photographer based out of Mumbai India. Photography is his hobby. He spent more than 22 years in Shell in various managerial capacities, where he held national level and global level roles, working in different countries and cultures throughout his career. Ananth has been passionate about photography since his youth. In 2015, he left his job to pursue his hobby full-time. While looking for learning opportunities in Wildlife Photography.While working on different projects for his Consultancy company, Ananth finds his bearings in Wildlife sanctuaries, which he visits every chance he gets. He has been to several Important Bird Areas as well as Wildlife Sanctuaries across India from the Andamans to the North Eastern belt. He has also been to a few wildlife parks outside India including Yala, Masai Mara ,Bhutan etc.
Lakshmi is hobbyist nature photographer from Chennai, India and a Chartered Accountant and is a Director in one of the Big audit firm. She loves nature and have been interested to capture the beauty therein for preserves ever since she was a child. She grew up in a small town surrounded by nature and with a home garden, observing insects and birds that got attracted to the flowers. Perfect setting to brew her interest in nature and photography. She got the opportunity to afford travel and camera four years back, since then no looking back. She liked to spend her weekends and holidays with nature together with her family. In this journey, her spouse, kids and a few of her friends have picked up interest in bird watching as well. Though she loves to photography birds, she would like to explore creative side nature photography too. After all, her interest is also currently nurtured by a good set of friends interested in nature.
Mr.Balaji Narayanan, Creative and Photography workshop mentor.
Balaji Narayanan is a wildlife photographer from Chennai, India. He works as a Solution Director for a leading IT firm in Chennai. His journey as a wildlife photographer started 8 years back when he visited the jungles of Mudhumalai and Kabini. He has since travelled extensively across India photographing tigers and leopards in central and south India, the elephants and rhinos in the North and a large number of bird species across India. He aims to document more wildlife species outside of India as well.His work has been published in leading newspapers and magazines (Deccan Chronicle, Voices from Forest, etc.). His images have also been appreciated and featured in wildlife communities and pages such as Discovery UK and NatureInFocus. In addition to documenting the beauty of natural world, Balaji is keen to impart storytelling using his images and poems, creating awareness and enabling conservation efforts in wildlife. He is currently pursuing a course in Ornithology and has been engaged in volunteer work for Wildlife Conservation of India (WCIIndia).Balaji is also a professional scuba diver and a hobbyist aquascaper.
Accountant by profession, Graphic Designer and photographer by passion ,loves nature, and wildlife .Using his DSLR and Mobile, he is trying to see the nature in his own creative way.Saravanan in his free times he volunteers to contribute his skills and effort WCI TEAM. Credit for creating WCI logo goes to him . All WCI webinars and talks promotional poster are done by him. His instagram account showcases his creative side of photography.