Nisha Purushothaman

Nisha Purushothaman is a wildlife photographer and the founder of Paws Trails Explorers; a community for photographers, wildlife lovers, travellers and conservationists. The Paws aim is to be the region’s premier voice for conservation. An avid traveller and a conservation photographer, she firmly believes that people need more awareness about the planet and should travel and see the already fragile eco-system firsthand and contribute their part in conserving the earth’s resources.

Nisha loves to be defined as a conservationist photographer. From the backwaters and rainforests of India to the grass plains of Masai Mara; from the crater of Ngorongoro to the deserts of the Middle East, she has spent days and nights passionately following the birds and wildlife of these places.

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A native of Paravur near Kollam in Kerala and a graduate with specialisation in Applied Arts from the College of Fine Arts in Thiruvananthapuram, Nisha is on a new high; one of her photographs has been shortlisted for this year’s BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. The photograph has been picked from more than 70,000 entries from 89 countries, but ahead of the announcement of the result in early October, Nisha calls it “encouragement” — result; this itself is something beyond my dream.”

Purushothaman is a four times finalist in Natural History Museum – London’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition & one-time HIPA finalist. “Every journey is an experience. The challenge is in being prepared for those magical moments through the journey. The fun is in the unpredictability. It was always a dream to get a shot of the great Indian hornbill in a canopy background”.

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The exhibition from Paws Trails at Xposure is designed to raise awareness about vanishing species and threatened habitats through stunning photographs. The exhibition will be featuring local content from the middle east and an international collection dedicated to conservation issues across the world. Extinction is part of the circle of evolution, with or without human influence. But thanks to humans and our activities, the extinction rate has increased one hundred-fold in the past century alone. Not all the animals featured here are currently in danger of extinction, but they all could be at some point in the future. Co-existence of man and beast is possible, and we encourage as many people as possible to be the voice for the voiceless.