“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves”
Henry David Thoreau
THE WORLD AS I SEE IT
A National Geographic Explorer, filmmaker, photographer and presenter, Aishwarya dons many hats for someone who is just 25. In 2021, she was accepted as an Emerging Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographer. An intuitive photographer rather than a technical one, she lives and breathes India and its wild untamed places teaming with big cats, racing blackbucks and thundering waterfalls. She has penned more than 200 poems on Nature and her images, poems and articles have been published in several print and online editions of magazines and newspapers of repute including BBC Wildlife, Guardian, Mongabay, Sanctuary Asia, Saevus, Times of India, DNA, Hindustan Times, The Vibe and Pawstrail.
As a photographer and artist, Aishwarya believes that visual communication has the power to change the world. To be able to tell a complete story in one frame- celebrating the beauty of wildlife and at the same time making you think. Her work has taken her to several parts of India. Her debut documentary ‘’Panje-The Last Wetland’’ was telecast on DD National and has toured various film festivals. She has also directed a feature on the most iconic and photographed wild Bengal Tigress Maya titled ‘’Tiger Queen of Taru’’ which is airing currently on National Geographic WILD.
The youngest and first girl to receive the Sanctuary Asia ‘’Young Naturalist Award’’ in 2011, she has gone on to win several awards including the Princess Diana Award in 2019. Last year, she became the first Indian woman to win at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards in London. Her image ''Lights of Passion'' received the 'Highly Commended Award in the Behaviour Invertebrate category.
In 2022, Aishwarya was named a SHEROE by Hershey's India and was featured on their Chocolate Bars across India. She's also named one of the ''50 Explorer's changing the World'' by the Explorer's Club at NYC.
Some would say that she is one of the most promising faces in the field of wildlife photography and film-making and she hopes to use her films to bring about policy level change. She enjoys telling unique stories from the wild. From research, scripting, camerawork, on screen presenting, to post production she has done it all and continues to do so every single day.
Learn More About my Work
From a young age, I was exposed to the fascinating world of visual media, and it wasn’t long before I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in the filming and photography industry. To me, films contain an element of magic - the ability to transport us to another time and place, to bring out emotions and alter perceptions.As a creative individual, these are some of the aspects that attracted me to get involved in this industry. I’ve had the chance to work in several projects, but am always looking for new opportunities to develop my skillset.