• Canon Wild Clicks 2019

    December 17-21, 2019 (Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat)

    India's biggest live photography wildlife show is back!

    It's a test of your shooting mettle, it's a test of your sensitivity towards moments in the wild, it brings out your creativity - Canon Wild Clicks - India's Only Live Wildlife Photography Contest is back with Season 8 in one of India's hidden wild treasures - LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH in Gujarat!

    Are you a photography enthusiast or a pro photographer? Do you feel you can create great wildlife images? If yes, then we feel it's time to give you the recognition you always deserved! Season 8 of Wild Clicks - India's Only Live Wildlife Photography Contest - powered by Canon India aims to give photographers from all walks of life to showcase their skills & mettle in a unique competition that will ensure an equal level play field for all participants.

    With identical shooting conditions, on-field mentoring by India's most prominent nature photographers and live judgment by an eminent jury - here is your chance to showcase your skills and win a brand new Canon 1Dx Mark II and a host of other prizes!
  • CWC History
    For the past 8 years, Wild Clicks along with Canon India has been celebrating the spirit of wildlife and nature photography in India by churning out the brightest and finest talent through the medium of this unique competition which gives you the opportunity to interact with leading edge photographers on the field and is also an avenue to showcase photographic skills to a mass audience owing to the massive reach the contest has been able to achieve because of its popularity on online and offline media.

    The concept of Wild Clicks kick-started with Nature Wanderers organizing the first edition of the competition in Corbett National Park in 2010. Under the able guidance of wildlife film-maker Mike Pandey, the competition has grown in stature, participation and reputation. Leading names in the photography and wildlife circuit including Gobind Sagar Bharadwaj, Ganesh H Shankar, Nalla Muthu, Bittu Sahgal and Jagdeep Rajput have played a critical role in judging this competition. We have been revamping and renovating the format every year keeping the basic essence and aesthetics alive - presence of mind and ability of a photographer to perform under challenging situations.
  • Flashback- CWC 7
    The 7th edition of Wild Clicks powered by Canon was held in Satpura National Park in 2018. Here are some winning images from Satpura.
  • CWC Hall of Fame
  • Little Rann of Kutch
    A salt marsh and a part of the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, the Little Rann of Kutch is one of India's hidden wild secrets. The Rann of Kutch is a geographically unique landscape that was once an arm of the Arabian Sea. As the land separated from the sea by geological forces, it became a vast, featureless plain encrusted with salt that is inundated with water during the rains. The last refuge of the Indian wild ass, the area has been declared as a Wild Ass Sanctuary and winters makes the region a haven for birds. Lesser and greater flamingos, a host of raptors including the peregrine falcon, steppe eagles, vultures and the enigmatic macqueen's or houbara bustard - are some of the specialities of the region.

    The safari across the Little Rann visits the 'bets', islands on the ancient seabed that are now higher grounds covered with grass and scrub. The elegant blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India's largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals seen at the bets. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas. Smaller mammals like hares, gerbilles and hedgehogs, and reptiles like spiny tailed lizard, monitor, red and common sand boa, saw-scaled viper, cobra, dhaman (Indian rat snake), etc, could also be seen during the safaris in the Rann.

    The themes of Wild Clicks 8 have been formulated keeping in mind a lot of creativity which can stem out from the magnificent landscape and biodiversity of Little Rann of Kutch.

    How to reach

    Nearest airport and railhead is Ahmedabad. The lodge is 2.5-3 hours away from Ahmedabad.

  • CWC 8 Mentors
    The contestants of Wild Clicks 8 would be divided into sub groups and every group would be assigned a mentor. These highly experienced photographers would be hand holding you through your Wild Clicks journey. Presenting the mentors of Wild Clicks - Season 8

    Shivang Mehta

    Co-Founder of Nature Wanderers and one of India's finest wildlife and fine art photographers, Shivang has conducted over 1000 field wildlife photography tours and workshops and is also a Canon Photo Mentor. Shivang has been awarded at prestigious competitions like Siena International Photo Awards, DJ Memorial Photography Awards, Yes Bank Photography Awards, Nature's Best Awards - to name a few. Author of the Amazon Bestseller - A Decade with Tigers - which showcases the stories of India's iconic tiger characters and 'Chasing Horizons : Learnings from Africa' - where he shows how he has replicated his photographic learnings from Africa in India. Shivang has been a constant feature of all past 7 editions of Wild Clicks.

    To know more about him www.shivangmehta.com or follow him on Instagram at @shivang.mehta

    Rahul Sachdev

    Winner of Nature Best 2017 for the Wildlife category and a host of other awards, Rahul Sachdev is one of India's leading names in wildlife photography. Over the past decade, Rahul has been mentoring budding and experienced photographers with an aim to teach them the importance and usage of light in wildlife photography. His articles on wildlife photography are regularly featured in a lot of publications. Rahul has particularly done a lot of his work in the Little Rann of Kutch blending art with natural history to develop a powerful portfolio of work during his photo safaris in the past few years.

    Know more about him on www.rahulsachdev.net or follow him on Instagram @rahulsphotography

    Saurabh Desai

    From fine art to natural history, from wildlife to people and culture, Saurabh Desai is one of India's leading nature photographer who has been charming all of us with his wonderful photography for more than a decade. From capturing the beauty beyond general identity of wildlife, Saurabh's work is a visual luxury encompassing Colors, patterns, intensity, Minimalism, Peace, Flow, Green, Monochrome. Saurabh has been widely published and has received multiple recognition in his home state Gujarat and nationally and internationally.

    View his amazing portfolio on www.saurabhdesaiphotography.com

    Prakash Ramakrishnan

    Many years ago an image from the Western Ghats struck like lighting and took everyone by surprise. A black panther looked curiously into the camera along with her mate which was a normal leopard and that was emergence of Prakash Ramakrishnan - the black panther man of India who still (in the modern day era of black panthers) still holds the record of maximum individual black panthers in the wild. Prakash over the years has won many coveted awards including Sanctuary Asia, DJ Memorial Photo Awards, Nature's Best Asia and has worked with filming teams in various locations in southern India. Prakash loves his outdoors and being in the field gives him the maximum satisfaction.

    Follow him on Instagram @prakash_sara

  • CWC 8 Jury

    Jagdeep Rajput

    30+ international and national awards including a consistent run when it comes to prestigious nature photography trophies like BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature's Best Photography Awards, International Photography Awards USA, DJ Memorial Competition and the list goes on.... His eyes have witnessed some of the rarest natural history moments of wild India.

    Internationally acclaimed natural history photographer, Jagdeep Rajput, has made India proud in the global wildlife photography circuit with his outstanding photographic work in Indian forests over the last 2 decades. Jagdeep would be a part of the eminent jury of CWC for 2018.

    Visit www.jagdeeprajput.com to know more about him.

    Gautam Pandey

    Director of Riverbank Studios and a National Award winner, Gautam Pandey is one of India's most accomplished wildlife filmmakers. He studied film in Canada and has several national and international awards to his name. Beyond awards, Gautam is someone who lives with a passion for the wild.

    Visit www.riverbankstudios.com to know more about him.

    Kalyan Varma

    Kalyan Varma is an award winning wildlife photographer, filmmaker, naturalist and explorer specializing in environment, science and ecology in India. He freelances with many of the world's leading magazines, environmental NGOs and television channels like Nat Geo and BBC.

    He is the co-founder of Nature inFocus, a portal that is a photo-led wildlife exploration into the Indian wilderness, which also runs a premier nature festival in Asia. Sharing his knowledge of photography, wildlife, and people across various platforms including workshops and seminars is an important part of the work that he does.

    Over the last 13 years, he has worked on many landmark blue chip wildlife series for the BBC and National Geographic channel. His work has appeared in many publications worldwide, including National Geographic, Nature, The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Lonely Planet and other magazines.

    Kalyan won the BBC wildlife photographer of the year in 2013 and is also the winner of photographer of the year for Sanctuary magazine, Por el Planeta Mexico and Mans World, Man of the Year.

    Visit www.kalyanvarma.net to know more about him.

    Anish Andheria

    A Carl Zeiss Conservation Awardee, Dr. Anish. P. Andheria is a fellow of LEAD and the President of the Wildlife Conservation Trust. Upon completing his Doctorate from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Anish went on to pursue his passion with a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore. He is a large carnivore biologist with field expertise in predator-prey relationships. A wildlife photographer of repute, Anish has photographed some of the remotest wildlife reserves in India. He has co-authored two books on Indian wildlife and contributed to several other national and international publications.

    Anish has played a pivotal role in setting up the renowned Kids For Tigers initiative, a nationwide conservation education programme that has reached out to millions of school children across India. He is a member of the steering committee of both Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh State Boards of Wildlife and the Madhya Pradesh State Tiger Conservation Foundation Society. Anish is also a trustee of the Climate Reality Project, India and the Conservation Wildlands Trust.

    A distinguished Alumni Awardee from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Anish is a natural communicator and is one of India’s leading motivational speakers. He has introduced thousands of people to the joys of nature and the rationale for nature conservation.

    Visit www.anishandheria.com to know more about him.

  • CWC 8 Prizes
    Wild Clicks has always rewarded creativity and out of the box thinking in wildlife photography. Year on year Wild Clicks has always believed in giving proper recognition to the work of our contestants in some or the other way - be it in the form of tangible prizes which are being awarded to the winners or getting the creative work of the contestant published in leading edge publications or in the form of showcase through the medium of exhibitions and photo sales. Here is a sneak preview of the prizes for Canon Wild Clicks - Season 8:
    • Camera Accessories from Nature Lounge
    • Vacation Vouchers from Rann Riders
    • More to be announced soon
    GRAND PRIZE - Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II
    Immense power. Phenomenal speed. A remarkable combination of innovation and refinement. The EOS-1D X Mark II camera is nothing but legendary every step of the way. Building on a heritage of sophisticated innovation, the EOS-1D X Mark II is blazingly fast. Up to 14 fps* (up to 16 fps* in Live View mode) can be captured at a burst rate of up to 170 RAWs with a CFastâ„¢ card, and an improved 61-point AF system helps deliver clean, sharp images quickly, even in dim light. This remarkable speed means faster recording too: 4K video can be recorded at up to 60 fps with smooth AF and strikingly clear detail. Combined with superb low-light performance thanks to its powerful sensor and expandable ISO range, the EOS-1D X Mark II performs brilliantly, swiftly and stunningly no matter when or where the photographer is shooting. From the stadium, safari or studio to virtually everywhere in between, the EOS-1D X Mark II maintains and enhances all the hallmarks of what Canon has to offer, marking a new page in the legacy of the EOS series of cameras.
     
    FIRST RUNNER UP - Canon EOS 90D
    Fast. Versatile. Impressive. Whether capturing high-speed sporting events or simple, everyday moments, the EOS 90D camera is engineered to deliver impressive results. Equipped with an enhanced 32.5 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, powerful DIGIC 8 image processor and an ISO range of 100-25000 (expandable to 51200), you'll achieve sharp, detailed images, even in low-light settings. Perfect for fast-moving subjects, the EOS 90D camera features a 45-point cross-type AF system* and EOS iTR AF (face detection) - plus high-speed continuous shooting of up to 10 fps - raising the game for wildlife and motor sports photography enthusiasts. And with stunning uncropped 4K 30p video capability, the EOS 90D documents your travels, events and other milestones in full, wide-angle view. No matter where your photography ventures take you, the EOS 90D proves to be the versatile, all-around SLR camera you didn't know you were missing.
     
    SECOND RUNNER UP - Canon EOS 80D
    The EOS 80D boasts a viewfinder coverage of approx. 100%. The newly-developed 45-point, all cross-type AF sensor and continuous shooting speed of up to 7.0fps makes it an excellent choice for capturing moving subjects. Movie shooting at a quality of up to Full HD 60p is also supported, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which makes it possible to achieve high speed AF during Live View shooting, has been enhanced to be compatible for use with all EF lenses. Remote shooting and image sharing with smart devices is also made simple as the camera supports Wi-Fi and NFC.
    Product Features :
    • 24 MP APS-C CMOS + DIGIC 6
    • 45-point All Cross-Type AF
    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Satpura National Park
    Located in the Hoshungabad district of Madhya Pradesh, Satpura is an extensive forest covering a broad array of unique Central Indian flora and fauna. This beautiful reserve is cradled in the Mahadeo Hills of the Satpura Range that is characterized by fascinating deep valleys, narrow gorges, cascading waterfalls and rich vegetation. Home to the iconic big cats like tigers and leopards, Satpura is known for its leopard and sloth bear sightings. Some of the best leopard images from India have been photographed in Satpura in the recent years. The areas around Satpura are teaming with wildlife as well. Smaller cats like Rusty Spotted Cat and Jungle Cats are frequently seen in the surrounding areas.

    Biodiversity of Satpura includes leopard, sambar, chital, Indian muntjac, nilgai, four-horned antelope, Chinkara, wild boar, bear, black buck, fox, porcupine, flying squirrel, mouse deer, Indian giant squirrel, etc. There are a variety of birds. Hornbills and peafowl are common birds found here.The flora consists of mainly sal, teak, tendu, Phyllanthus emblica, mahua, bel, bamboo, and grasses and medicinal plants.

    How to reach

    Nearest rail-head is Piparia 50 kms away.
    Nearest airpot Bhopal is 210 kms away.


  • Special Mention
  • CWC 8 Registration
    We are looking forward to seeing your creativity at Wild Clicks - Season 8. For registration, please fill in the details below. Registration is on first come first serve basis

    Registration Process:
    Please share a web URL showcasing your work portfolio (Facebook, Instagram, 500px or any other online photo sharing platform). Our team would be analysing your images and get back to you with an invite to proceed with the registration process. Once you get the confirmation email from our team, the registration will be on a first come first serve basis.

    Event Cost - INR 22,900 (+ 5% GST)
    Confirmed reservation of slot and participation only on 100% payment.

    Write to us at [email protected].
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  • CWC 8 Itinerary

    Dates: 17th to 21st December, 2019

    The Little Rann of Kutch schedule for Canon Wild Clicks 8 would test your mettle as a photographer as the landscape and its inhabitants will push you to think and create imagery beyond the regular visuals one sees. This is one of the most unique habitats in the world and the time you spend here during the event and under the guidance of our esteemed mentors, will definitely result in honing your skills and reach the next level of wildlife photography.

    Like every year, the Wild Clicks schedules are meticulously designed, considering the competition themes so that the contestants get a flavour of various elements of the location and equal opportunities to photograph in the given circumstances. There will be 5 themes for this year's contest, which will be announced during the inauguration.
    Here is the rough outline of the program:

    DAY 01 - 17th Dec

    Pick up
    One point pick up from Ahmedabad sharp at 09:00 am
    Arrival
    at Rann Riders by 11:30 am
    Registration & Room Allotment
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Lunch
    12:30 pm - 01:30 pm
    Inauguration, Theme Announcement & Briefing
    01:30 pm - 03:00 pm
    Evening field activity
    03:30 pm - Sunset
    Evening Tea
    Post Safari
    Dinner
    08:00 pm - 09:30 pm
    Mentoring Session
    Post 09:30 pm

    DAY 02 - 18th Dec

    Breakfast
    to be laid from 05:30 am - 06:30 am
    Morning field activity
    06:30 am - 11:30 am
    Lunch
    at Lodge: 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
    Evening field activity
    03:30 pm - Sunset
    Evening Tea
    Post Safari
    Dinner
    08:00 pm - 09:30 pm
    Mentoring Session
    Post 09:30 pm

    DAY 03 - 19th Dec

    Breakfast
    to be laid from 05:30 am - 06:30 am
    Morning field activity
    06:30 am - 11:30 am
    Lunch
    at Lodge: 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
    Evening field activity
    03:30 pm - Sunset
    Evening Tea
    Post Safari
    Dinner
    08:00 pm - 09:30 pm
    Mentoring Session
    Post 09:30 pm

    DAY 04 - 20th Dec

    Packed Breakfast
    for Safari
    Morning field activity
    05:30 am - 09:00 am
    Submissions
    09:00 am - 11:00 am
    Lunch
    at Lodge: 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
    Gala Dinner & Prize Distribution
    07:30 pm - 11:00 pm (at Rann Riders)
    Photo Ops
    07:30 pm - 11:00 pm

    DAY 05 - 21st Dec

    Breakfast
    08:00 am - 09:00 am
    Photo Ops
    09:00 am - 11:00 am (photo ops banner to be shifted to Unit 2)
    Check Out
    11:00 am - 11:30am
    End of Event
    Event Cost - INR 22,900 (+ 5% GST)
    Confirmed reservation of slot and participation only on 100% payment.

    Inclusive of:
    - Pick up from Ahmedabad on Day 1 by AC coach.
    - Drop to Ahmedabad on Day 5 by AC coach.
    - 04 nights 05 days accommodation at Rann Riders (unit 2) on Double/Triple sharing basis.
    - All meals (Day 01 - Lunch & Dinner, Day 02 - Breakfast, lunch & dinner, Day 03 - Breakfast, lunch & dinner, Day 04 - Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Day 05 - Breakfast)
    - 06 field activities in Little Rann of Kutch (5 contestants per vehicle)

    Excludes of:
    - 5% GST Tax
    - Tips & Gratuity
    - Any personal expenses
    - Travel to and from Ahmedabad
    - Anything not included in the inclusions
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