The Importance of Wildlife and its Conservation: A talk with Shreya Singharay
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.
Today our oceans are at the limits of their resilience.
- Overfishing, climate change, pollution, and acidification have pushed our oceans to the brink of collapse.
- 80% of our fisheries are overfished or collapsing
- Vast areas of Coral Reefs are dying Overnight
- One in 4 sharks, Rays, Skates are facing extinction
- More than 5 Trillion pieces of plastic are there in our Oceans
- Surface Ocean acidity has increased by more than 30%
- Source – https://www.sealegacy.org/
The Time to act is now!! The solutions are available. Join hands with https://www.sealegacy.org/why-oceans and get to know more about the measures you can take – small or big to help save our oceans. Oceans are the lifeblood of Earth.
If they go, we go with them. Our future is in our hands.
Here’s a video of how you can join hands to save this planet, cuz This is our Planet!
On this note, we are trying to do a series of talking more about Wildlife and Nature Conservation by interviewing Wildlife Photographers who are making a difference with their work.
Today we are talking with Shreya Singharay, a dedicated wildlife photographer who is a Food and Nutrition teacher by profession. She works on the conservation and aid-relief of endangered animals and has done commendable work in the preservation and protection of Olive Ridley turtles on the beaches of Odisha. Currently, she is doing a project on Indian sloth bears in Chattisgarh. Her work has been published on various leading wildlife platforms. She is the winner of the Natural Capital Award (2017). Read on to know more about her
Follow her on –
Instagram – shreya_tupur
Youtube – Rover’s Diary
P.S. All the pictures and videos are owned by ©Shreya Singharay and reproduction in any form, without prior permission, is prohibited
Q: Would you kindly introduce yourself to our reader? On which project are you working currently?
A: I am a Teacher of Food and Nutrition by profession in a Govt. aided School near Kolkata, India and an ardent wildlife enthusiast and avid traveller by passion. I have started photographing wild beauties back in 2013. Some of my works got published in various popular wild-life magazines such as Lonely Planet, Saevus, Jol Jongol (River and Jungle), Indian Photo Arts, Bhraman (Journey) etc.. I am also the winner of Natural Capital Award (2017).
At present, I am working on a project on Indian Sloth Bears of Chhattisgarh.
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?
First and foremost, the unrestrained Beauties and the actions of wild animals or birds or reptiles are what attract me the most. The behaviour of wild creatures and their distinct ways of interactions with their own kind and others are interesting to observe and study
Dhritiman Mukherjee, Satisha Sarakki, Nisha Purushotthamon were my early day’s inspiration.
As I said the beauties and the challenge associated with this genre like clicking a frame in a split second, approaching an animal safely, framing your subject withing seconds adjusting light and emotion without a chance of re-take are the reasons to choose this field.
Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Working as a volunteer in Odisha beach for Olive Ridley Turtles conservation, watching mother Nature’s one of the greatest dramas ARRIBADA and winning Natural Capital Award 2017 by Yes Bank for submitting a story on it, is my best achievement till date.
Q: Is it important to have any professional training to be a photographer? Did you have any at the time you set off your journey?
To be frank, I don’t have any professional training in photography. I am a self-learned person in this matter. And I think watching closely others’ works, going more to fields than theory, more practice, dedication and perseverance is what you require.
Q: Which is your preferred lens and why?
Nikkor 200-500 VR. The focal length is one of the reasons, added you can handhold it, budget-friendly, and focusing speed is also very good.
Q: What are the main challenges that you face as a wildlife photographer? How do you plan a shoot?
Alertness, reflex, patience are the main challenges according to me.
Choosing the location, researching about the place and most importantly setting your camera in the right mode is the three things I do before I go for a shoot.
Q: What are your views on ethical methods for photography, when it comes to photographing animals in their natural habitats?
Nature comes first and we should treat nature and its wild elements with respect are the two things that I learned in my early days of photography and this I will suggest to everyone out there. By minimizing disturbances, taking special care during breeding seasons and not harming or altering the habitat in any way are the main things of ethical photography.
Q. Kindly enlighten our readers on the importance and your views on the conservation of Wildlife. Why is it important, how does it impact climate change?
It’s the need of the hour and it’s of utmost importance. Our destructive strategies of development are wreaking havoc on our environment. Very recent incidents of Amazon and Australia made it clearer. We are losing species, losing biodiversities and we can still do something about this by being more responsible and being more aware and more sympathetic towards nature and wildlife.
If soon, no stringent steps are taken to save wildlife, it would not be long when these creatures will find a place on the list of extinct species. In addition to it, the extinction of wildlife species will certainly have a fatal impact on the human race as well. So, for us as humans, it becomes a great responsibility to save wildlife, our planet and most importantly, our own selves.
Q. Can you say about the current trends/status of conservation of any particular animal that you love photographing or have photographed extensively?
It is Olive Ridley Turtle which is a threatened species all over the world. Sea pollution, fishing nets have taken enough toll on them which environmentalists and scientists are now trying to lessen so that this species can thrive well.
Q: What is your favorite picture that you have clicked and why? Could you explain the background story behind it?
An olive Ridley turtle hatchling coming out of the sandy nest and seeming like saying “hello” to the world is my favourite picture.
I was working as volunteers on Odisha beach and was rescuing and collecting the hatchlings and was releasing them in the sea while I noticed these fellas who were coming out of the hole and I decided to photograph this moment.
Q: How important is editing in wildlife photography? Which post-processing software you use for your pictures?
Shooting in RAW format requires editing as RAW files are dull and flat and contain loads of information. So to match the scene that you have witnessed in the actual field you need to make necessary adjustments and for this, you need post-processing tool.
I use the Adobe Creative Cloud.
Q: What advice would you give to young photographers who are just starting out and considering pursuing a career in wildlife photography?
A career in wildlife photography is really hard and my simple suggestion is to keep this as a hobby.
Q: Lastly, any message for our blog.
Weekend Trivia is doing a great job, informative and keep us inspiring.
Thank you, Shreya, for such valuable guidelines and knowledgeable information on various aspects of wildlife photography and conservation of nature. We look forward to your projects and wish you all the best for the future.