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Meet Aishwarya Sridhar, first Indian woman to win Wildlife Photographer of the Year award

Making India proud, Aishwarya Sridhar, 23, has become the first Indian woman to win the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. 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 announcement was made on October 13 at the Natural History Museum in London. It is the 56th year of the prestigious award.

Her image titled ‘Lights of passion’ was captured using one of Canon’s premium DSLRs — EOS-1DX Mark II and has won the ‘Highly Commended’ award at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020.

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.”

Aishwarya Sridhar is a wildlife photographer, writer and filmmaker by profession. She is also a conservationist. In 2019, Sridhar received 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.