Sandesh Kadur

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Sandesh Kadur
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Sandesh Kadur
Born (1976-11-19) 19 November 1976 (age 42)
Years active2002-present

National Geographic Explorer[1] Sandesh Kadur is a Wildlife Film Maker and Conservation Photographer known for his contributions to Planet Earth II.[2] Sandesh's films have been shown on television networks including National Geographic Channel, BBC,[3] Discovery Channel[4] and Animal Planet.

Sandesh is a Senior Fellow of The International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and co-founder of Felis Creations a visual arts company based in Bangalore, India, which work on a variety of projects ranging from natural history documentaries to art and still photography.[5]


Sandesh exposes the need for conservation and encourages protection of the world’s biodiversity.Over the years, Sandesh’s work has garnered many top awards including the CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year, Nature’s Best Award, International Conservation Photographer Award, as well as twice being nominated for a Green Oscar at Wildscreen.

Early life[edit]

As a child Sandesh enjoyed watching nature. He was motivated when his father presented him an SLR film camera and a bundle of National Geographic films during his birthday. He has traveled extensively in the Western Ghats and the Himalayas.


Sandesh Kadur did his schooling from The Home School, Bangalore and graduated in Wildlife Biology from The University of Texas at Brownsville.


In 2013 Sandesh was recognized by National Geographic Society as an Emerging Explorer and also received the North American Nature Photographers (NANPA) Vision Award in recognition of early career excellence and continuation of vision and inspiration to others in nature photography, conservation, and education.

Wildlife Documentaries[edit]

Year Series Network Title Film Festivals Award
2017 National Geographic Earth Live TV Series Cameraman National Geographic Earth Live
2016 Planet Earth II TV Series Cameraman BBC Cities BAFTA Photography Factual
EMMY Award Outstanding Cinematography for a Non-fiction Program
2015 Wild India Feature Documentary Director / DOP Animal Planet 21st Century Wild India 21st Century Wild India
2015 Living with Big Cats TV Series Cameraman Animal Planet Living with Big Cats Living with Big Cats
2015 Eastern Himalaya Short Documentary Director Ashoka Trust Eastern Himalaya - Ancient Risks Future Threats
2015 India: Natures Wonderland[6] TV Series Cameraman BBC India: Natures Wonderland[6] India: Natures Wonderland[6]
2014 Wonders of the Monsoon[7] TV Series Cameraman BBC Wonders of the Monsoon[7] Wonders of the Monsoon[7]
2013 Urban Jungle TV Series Cameraman National Geographic Downtown Downtown
2012 India Tourism Commercial Presenter/Cameraperson Nirvana Films Incredible India
2011 Return of The Clouded Leopards Feature Documentary National Geographic Felis Creations Return of The Clouded Leopards[8]
2011 Secrets of Wild India[9] TV Series Cameraman National Geographic Icon Films Elephant Kingdom International Wildlife Film Festival: Montana Best Television Series
2010 North East Feature Documentary Presenter/Cameraperson Felis Creations North-eastern Diaries Vatavaran Festival Finalist Best Series
Reel Earth Film Festival New Zealand
Roscar Awards Best Short Film Nominee
Wildscreen Film Festival: Bristol Green Oscar Nominee
2009 Secrets of King Cobra Feature Documentary Cameraman National Geographic Felis Creations Secrets of King Cobra[10] Festival International du Film Animalier Award for Species Conservation
2008 Natural World TV Series Cameraman / Presenter BBC Icon Films Mountains of the Monsoon[3][11] Chicago Intl’ Film Festival Silver Plaque - Cinematography
2002 Sahyadris - Mountains of the Monsoon Feature Documentary Director Discovery Channel Sahyadris - Mountains of the Monsoon Vatavaran Festival Special Jury Award for Wildlife Conservation
Houston Worldfest Gold REMI Award - Creative Excellence
Wildscreen Film Festival Green Oscar nominee BBC Newcomer of the Year award
International Wildlife Film Festival: Montana Merit Award for Cinematography
2000 Destination Nature TV Series Director Magrack Networks South India
El Cielo- Mexico
1998 Treasures of South Texas Short Documentary Director NASA / Gorgas Science Foundation Treasures of South Texas


Year Title Publisher Awards
2013 Himalaya: Mountains of Life[12] ATREE
2005 El Valle : The Rio Grande Delta[13] Gorgas Science Foundation
2004 Sahyadris: India's Western Ghats[14] ATREE BANFF Mountain Book Festival - Finalist


Contributions as Photographer[edit]





  1. ^ "National Geographic: Stories of Animals, Nature, and Culture".
  2. ^ "BBC - Biographies - Media Centre".
  3. ^ a b Sandesh Kadur (2009-09-05). "BBC Two - Natural World, 2008-2009, The Mountains of the Monsoon". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  4. ^ "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom". 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  5. ^ "About - Felis Creations".
  6. ^ a b c "India: Natures Wonderland". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  7. ^ a b c "Wonders of the Monsoon". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  8. ^ "Return Of The Clouded Leopards | Nat Geo Wild". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  9. ^ P. Oppili (2012-04-05). "Today's Paper / NATIONAL : 'Secrets of Wild India' bags award at International Wildlife Film Festival". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  10. ^ DHNS. "Behind the bite side". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  11. ^ "The Mountains of the Monsoon, 2008-2009, Natural World - BBC Two". BBC.
  12. ^ "HIMALAYA ! Mountains of Life". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  13. ^ "Sandesh Kadur | EL VALLE". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  14. ^ "Book Release - Sahyadris -India's Western Ghats". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  15. ^ "Cloud Pleasers" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-26.

External links[edit]

Planet Earth II at BBC Programmes