Femina’s Fabulous 40 for 2021
The Olympians who represented the country on a prestigious platform. Some brought glory and others hope. The women who inspire us and make us believe that anything is possible, especially after the year that we have had. Women who have raised their voices and lent a voice to those who did not have one. There are too many to count, but this selection of 40 women will motivate us to hold our heads high while we march ahead
Indian wildlife photographer, explorer, writer, poet, storyteller and presenter Aishwarya Sridhar’s is a name to reckon with. At just 15 years of age, she bagged the Sanctuary Asia Young Naturalist Award and became the youngest and the first girl to do so. The Navi Mumbai native made headlines in 2020 when she became the first Indian woman to win the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in the largest international wildlife photography competition staged annually by the Natural History Museum, London. Sridhar’s mesmerising photograph of fireflies dancing in the night sky beat 50,000 entries from 80 countries to win gold in the adult category. Titled ‘Lights of Passion’, it was taken at night in the Bhandardara forest, where she stayed put for two hours to capture the perfect shot as millions of fireflies illuminated a tree.
Sridhar dabbles in a lot more than photography; her poems and articles, too, have been published in several prestigious publications. She strongly believes in the power of visual communication and its ability to change the world. Panje – The Last Wetland, her debut documentary, was telecast on DD National and also made it to various film festivals. She has directed a feature, Tiger Queen of Taru, airing currently on National Geographic WILD.
Her love for nature was awakened when she was just eight – her father would take her for short nature walks at the time, and her passion for photography was ignited when she was gifted a point-and-shoot camera at age 11. After all these years, Sridhar’s passion for photography still burns bright, and she continues to work on it. She plans to keep spreading awareness about wildlife so that people bring about the necessary changes needed in the world. As one of the emerging fresh female faces in wildlife photography, she is an inspiration to many.
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