Mumbai-based wildlife photographer Aishwarya Sridhar has become the first Indian woman to win the 56th Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award. The announcement was made at the Natural History Museum in London.
Taking to Twitter to share the news, Aishwarya Sridhar wrote, "A big moment for India and for me as a young wildlife photographer. Being the first and youngest girl to win this award from India in the Adult category, it's a huge honour for me to receive this award !! Thank you to the entire Jury and WPY team."
Her photo won among 50,000 entries from over 80 countries across the world. Only 100 images were shortlisted and she won the award for her photograph in the Behaviour Invertebrates category.
The image, titled 'Lights of Passion', was captured using one of Canon’s premium DSLR - EOS-1DX Mark II camera.
Aishwarya is a wildlife photographer, writer and filmmaker by profession. She is also a conservationist. In 2019, she won the Diana Award by the Princess Diana foundation for her efforts in wetland conservation.
She is also the youngest member of the State Wetland Identification Committee appointed by the Bombay High Court.