10 July 1983 |
Amoghavarsha is a storyteller, wildlife photographer and film maker from Bangalore, India. He has photographed the thick evergreens of Arunachal, the barren landscapes of Ladakh, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the vast plains of Africa. Having worked as a Naturalist and hailing from a technology background he makes use of new media to help spread the message of conservation.
After completing his degree in Computer Science, he joined Amazon as a Software Engineer. He later joined Asklaila, a local search startup as the first employee and build the first version of the product. He quit his job in 2008 to pursue his passion of wildlife photography.
Amoghavarsha works with Forest department, Non-profit organisations and Media institutions on conservation and education projects. He works closely with CEE and has helped setup Interpretation centres. He is also the one of the key contributors to the "Science Express - Biodiversity Special", a Ministry of Environment and Forests initiative which toured the entire country for over a year and has been witnessed by more than 2.5 million people. He has also worked with Microsoft research on the cutting edge Digital Narratives media project at Hampi. He also conducts photography workshops and expeditions.
- "Secrets of the King Cobra" - Worked as assistant cameraman for the National Geographic film on the world's largest venomous snake.
- "Jaya hey Kannada thaye" – India’s first wildlife music video which was launched on 6 regional channels and gained a million views in a week.
- "Huli - How to Save the Tiger?" (also known as "Huli: Technology to the Frontiers of Tiger Conservation") - A short film (which has been nominated at India's top Wildlife film festival "CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival 2013") that sheds light on the forest staff that protects our forests.
- "River Terns of Bhadra" - A film on the lives of beautiful River Terns that throng the bhadra backwaters in summers. This is one of India's first wildlife film to be licensed under creative commons.
He was invited to Australia in 2013 to represent India as part of the Australia India Youth Dialogue in 2013. He was also invited to Convention on Biological Diversity in 2012 to talk about the importance of photography and media in conservation education.