IMPHAL, Feb 25: A two day event “Into the Wild” Photography Festival 2012, organised in capital attracted hundreds of visitors towards wildlife and nature beauty at M.F. Husain Art Gallery of Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. The visitors included university, college and school students, teachers and academicians apart from photographers and wildlife researchers. It was one of its kind event held in the capital for the first time which was aimed at attracting people towards the beauty of nature and wilderness of 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. More than 15 photographers exhibit their works during the event.
“Along with field research, it has become very important to create awareness among common masses about wildlife diversity and conservation issues of our country utilizing creative communication strategies” said Sajid Idrisi, Organsing Secretary of the event. Audio visual media like photo exhibitions and other interactive events are the best ways to achieve them, 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 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. The NECEER, a manipur based non-profit organization have been progressively organising various educational and interactive events to promote environmental education and awareness across India.