The 2012 International Conservation Photography Awards has been announced. This biennial juried competition will allow photographers to send entries to several categories all related to nature and wildlife. The competions was started by acclaimed nature photographer, Art Wolfe in 1997. 100 best entries will be chosen by jury members and for the first time Burke museum will collaborate with ICPA for a travelling exhibitions of the best photographs.

Image shows an endangered Rhino captured in Kaziranaga National Park, Assam by Uri Golman of Denmark. This was the winning entry of 2010. The competition period is June 30, 2012 – Oct. 21, 2012. Image courtesy:Burke Museum

The Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh came in the limelight for the wrong reasons last Friday when three elephants were electrocuted after they uprooted a utility pole and were caught in its wires. The elephants were a part of a wild herd crossing the area when the accident occurred. India’s wild elephant population is estimated to be about 26,000 and human-animal conflict is a major reason why these pachyderms are constantly feeling threatened. Image courtesy: naharnet

Young leaves of the Sacred Fig tree, Ficus religiosa photographed in the Adyar Theosophical Society Gardens by Mohan Chunkath. Image courtesy: Mohan Chunkath  

The Manas Wildlife Sancturay and National Park in Assam is home to many endangered species such as the tiger, rhinoceros, and also the elephant and the water buffalo seen in the picture. But the sanctuary owing to ethnic unrest was put in the list of world heritage sites under danger in 1992 much to the disaapointment of conservationists. Thankfully though it has been delisted recently and the wildlife of Manas, continue to thrive in this protected area on the foothills of Himalayas. Image courtesy: National Geographic

Strengthening infrastructure and economy in India seems can be only achieved by weakening ecology. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will award a record 7,300 kms of road building contracts this year worth about 12 billion USD as part of their road expansion plans. These trees cut on the outskirts of Aligarh  some 140 kms east of New Delhi appeared to be hindering the growth path. Image courtesy: The News

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About Atula Gupta

Atula Gupta is the Founder and Editor of Her work has appeared in a number of international websites, dailies and magazines including The Wire, Deccan Herald, New Indian Express, Down to Earth and Heritage India on issues related to environment and its conservation. She is also the author of Environment Science Essentials, a set of books for school children. She hopes this website provides a platform for people to be aware about species in the verge of extinction and heighten their conservation efforts.

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