Into the Wild Photography Festival 2012
24th – 25th February 2012, New Delhi
The first day of the event titled “Into the Wild” Photography Festival 2012 saw the footfall of hundreds of people including students and teachers apart from photographers and wildlife researchers. It was a major attraction today at M.F. Husain Art Gallery of the Ansari Auditorium Complex of Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.
The event is being organised by North East Centre for Environmental Education and Research, (NECEER), Imphal, Manipur in association with HTT Global consultants and The Ranthambhore School of Art Society, Sawai Madhopur. NECEER, a Manipur based non-profit organization have been progressively organising various educational and interactive events to promote environmental education and awareness across India.
The festival aim is to create awareness and seek public participation on wildlife and biodiversity conservation in India. It intends to draw the attention of the people from all walks of life towards the beauty and wealth of nature, making them realize its importance and urgent need to conserve it. The festival will showcase the photographs of wild animals and plants, places and indigenous people living in far off places of the country and sharing the space with nature.
“There is an urgent need to attract people towards nature and then devise methods to educate them about it utilizing creative communication strategies” said Mr. Sajid Idrisi, Organsing Secretary of the event. And Visual media is the best thing to do that, he added.
Besides a variety of wonderful photographs of wild mammals, birds, plants, local handmade art and crafts have been displayed. The magnificent charcoal and oil paintings of Tigers and Leopards in the wild made by the artists of The Ranthambhore School of Art Society, Sawai Madhopur was a major attraction at the event.
“The festival is just fantastic with beautiful photographs, paintings and crafts showcasing the wildlife in an urban city like New Delhi” said Atom Rajiv Singh of Hansraj College, Delhi University.
The festival is a two day event, and will be closed tomorrow evening. An online photo contest was also launched months before as an integral part of the festival to provide platform to the young generation. The result of the contest will be declared tomorrow evening.