The Importance of Wildlife and its Conservation – A Talk with Aamir Khatri

The natural wonders of our world which maintain our ecological balance and helps the world to thrive is on a crisis. Humanity and its elements have destroyed nature and wildlife in such a heinous way that a 16-Year-old girl, who should be enjoying her teens is instead in a global fight against world leaders to save the future generation. Alarming data and reports are pouring in every day and the numbers look seriously bad for the planet Earth.

What are the biggest emerging opportunities and threats the coming year holds for efforts to conserve biodiversity?

Small hydropower dams are becoming increasingly popular for powering local communities in Asia and elsewhere. Though they can have less land use impact than megadams, they still disrupt river flow and sediment movement and so can alter habitat in ways that affect animals and plants that inhabit rivers and streams. With more than 80,000 such dams in existence and a development push for more, there is a need for a better understanding of potential ecological impacts and what we can do to minimise harm to fish and other living things.

Ocean fish farming can produce large amounts of food but it takes a lot of water and can pollute the environment with nutrients and other chemicals. One approach being explored to reduce adverse impacts is the use of recirculating aquaculture systems, which reduce water demand by 97%–99%. Limiting factors for this approach are the cost, as well as concerns about the downsides such as feed sourcing and energy use. If these factors are addressed, farms could help boost ocean fish supply in a more sustainable manner than conventional approaches.

As conventional insecticides such as pyrethroids become less effective at killing malaria-carrying mosquitoes due to the evolution of resistance, scientists are searching for innovative alternatives. One recently developed is a mosquito-infecting fungus that has been genetically engineered to produce a toxin found in spider venom. This biological control could benefit biodiversity by working synergistically with, and so reducing the use of, conventional insecticides. However, it could also cause problems by affecting other organisms besides malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

Source: The Guardian

On this note, we are trying to do a series of talking more about Wildlife Conservation by interviewing Wildlife Photographers who are making a difference with their work. Today we are talking with Aamir Khatri. Managing his time in his family business as well as parallely maintaining his love and passion for wildlife, he has achieved a lot in the field of Wildlife photography. Read on to know more about him.

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Q: Would you kindly introduce yourself to your reader? On which project are you working currently?

Hello to one and all reading this and I would like to thank Weekend Trivia for giving me the opportunity to collaborate and give me this opportunity to share my thoughts or wildlife photography.

My name is Aamir Khatri, basically I am from Jamnagar, Gujarat. I did my schooling from Saint Francis School, Jamnagar and after that I persuaded my BBA in 2014-17 from IBS (Indian Business School) In Hyderabad and then I finished my MBA from Alliance University, Bangalore in the year (2017-19). And then I joined my family business. Currently I am working on the Project called “Lions of Asia” which is solely dedicated to the Asiatic Lions which are found in GIr National Park, Junagadh, Gujarat. 

Q: What attracts you to your genre? Whose work has influenced you most in your early days? What inspired you to choose wildlife photography in particular?

Since I was 10 years of age I was taken to forests by my parents and slowly those visits became my obsession and at the age of 16 I got my first camera which was a sony point and shoot and that very moment was when I started clicking the nature around me clicking its beautiful flora and fauna. At that point of time each and every photo I saw on internet inspired me more and more.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement was when my photographs got published in Animal Planet India and few of the other Magazines such as Wildlife India and Species in Focus.

Q: Is it important to have any professional training to be a photographer? Did you have any at the time you set of your journey?

No!! Absolutely not!! You don’t need any professional camera body just a basic DSLR is enough to start it. It depends on your skills and techniques and if you get that right your photographs will itself speak. When I started my journey I had a basic Sony point and shoot camera and slowly things kept coming and when I finally realised it I purchased my first DSLR that was Canon 600D.

Q: Which is your preferred lens and why?

My favourite lens is the Canon 500mm f4 IS2 which I currently own it along with a full-frame body 1DX Mark IV

Q: What are the main challenges that you face as a wildlife photographer? How do you plan a shoot?

There are lot of challenges you face in Wildlife Photography and the most difficult is that the there is nothing assured in wildlife. There were times when the cats like Tigers Lions didn’t show up and I went home empty handed without single pictures. That’s the most difficult time for any wildlife photographer. Keep trying and trying and you will hit the jackpot. In the beginning you need to learn about the animal behaviour and plan to shoot accordingly.

Q: What are your views on ethical methods for photography, when it comes to photographing animals in their natural habitats?

When it comes to clicking animals in their habitat you should give them space so that they don’t get scared of safari vehicle and being away from animals you get a chance to click them with their habitat.

Q. Can you say about the current trends/status of conservation of any particular animal that
you love photographing or have photographed extensively?

My favourite animals to photograph are the Asiatic Lions. I have been photographing Lions from 2016 and they are found only in Gir National Park, Gujarat. They come under the endangered category of Conservation Status.

Q: What is your favorite picture that you have clicked and why? Could you explain the background story behind it?

One of my favourite pictures I have clicked is a series of Lion Cubs and that was one of the best moments for me in the wild. I had a long wish to capture the Lion cubs and finally that thing happened to me. 

Q. How important is editing in wildlife photography?
Which post processing software you use for your pictures?

Editing is as important as clicking the pictures as you have to depict the moment in front of the audience for them to visualize it. I basically use Adobe Lightroom to edit my pictures.

Q. What advice would you give to young amateur
photographers who are just starting out and considering pursuing a career in wildlife photography?

To all the budding photographers there I would like them to tell that don’t give up your passion of photography and side by side also get going with your education. You don’t need to go to National Parks to click good pictures. Explore your surroundings and that is one of the best place to learn Wildlife Photography and once you thing you are ready for it you can give a try in the jungles. Perusing a career in Wildlife Photography is not easy unless you are a award winning photographer or you have participants to conduct workshop.

Q. Lastly, any message for our blog?

I would like to thank each and every member of Wildlife Trivia for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts on wildlife photography nature.

Thank you, Aamir, for such valuable guidelines and knowledgeable information of various aspects of wildlife photography and conservation of nature. We look forward to your projects and wish you all the best for the future.

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