Balan Madhavan is the only Senior Fellow from India who figures in the International League of Conservation Photographers (www.ilcp.com) from India. He is also one of the 5 fellows from the whole of Asia in this elite group of 107 nature photographers who are also National Geographic contributing photographers. Balan is also an UN award winner in nature photography. He divides his time between his commercial assignments for the travel industry and his passion which is nature & wildlife photography. A dedicated teacher, Balan Madhavan has conducted hundreds of photography workshops and photo tours for both the aspiring amateur as well as the experienced professional photographer.
When he is not shooting wild nature in its pristine glory in remote corners of the world, Balan is busy shooting tourist destinations around India, particularly the south. His images are used for the promotion of tourism by many Indian states. Balan employs photography as both a tool and a mission statement for conservation. His work does much to raise awareness of pressing ecological and wildlife issues. His list of achievements is impressive and runs long. He is an Associate of the “Royal Photographic Society (ARPS)” of United Kingdom and an “Artiste of the Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographique (AFIAP)” of France. He has been featured on the covers of leading Indian photography magazines like ASIAN PHOTOGRAPHY and SMART PHOTOGRAPHY and is a celebrity spokesman for conservation on TV in his home state. Balan was the winner of the United Nations (UNEP) photography Award in1992 and has garnered no less than 150 awards in various photographic salons and contests across India in the course of a long and colorful career curve. However, winning awards and accolades don’t mean much to him anymore and he has stopped competing in professional events. He now primarily employs the tool and craft of photography for the important messages they can convey. He is a truly gifted photographer whose exceptional skill is complemented with a very rare element – versatility!
"An image inspires. Makes a thousand words obsolete. It's a moment that can stay with you forever..."

Nature has always been a source of inspiration, solace, delight and adventure for me. She was a great teacher and a perfect companion. As a human being, I have faith in the dictum, “Take care of Nature and she will take care of you..”. The conservationist in me believes that man can only take care of something he loves. And being a photographer that I am, I try to evoke this feeling of love towards nature by capturing her beauty.

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