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Varun Aditya

Varun Aditya is the 1st prize Winner of Natgeo Nature photographer of the year 2016. He is one of the leading and famous wildlife photographers from India, with a huge following on Facebook and Instagram.

Known for his vibrant, under exposed and unique story-telling compositions, his images have been published regularly on BBC, Apple, Natgeo, Huffpost etc. He is also a contributor for Nikon and Apple, and a professional Nikon member.

Born and brought up in India, he grew up amidst Nature and always found himself strongly inclined towards Nature. While doing Business studies in London, Varun started experimenting with his camera which changed his course of life. His ardent love for nature and aviation led him to begin photographing air planes and birds in action. He then started learning photography through Google and Youtube, which paved his way to becoming a self-taught professional photographer. In the seven years from the beginning of his journey, Varun has travelled to all the National parks in India and Africa, additionally travelling to Madagascar, Costa Rica, Panama, Scotland and Indonesia. After his expedition to more than 7 countries, he finds Kenya to be his favourite destination. Having travelled to Masai Mara for over 10 times, Varun has amassed in-depth and astounding knowledge of the habitat and behaviour of the animals at the African savannah.

Varun is a person who strongly believes that story-telling through a photograph is much more powerful than a video. Composition and story-telling images are Varun’s forte. His craze for composing different wide frames and perspectives can be seen through all his photographs.

He is passionate about chasing light and weather. He has accumulated the experience of photographing same habitats and subjects over different seasons of weather and light. He loves observing and experimenting with dramatic weather and dramatic light, especially the golden light hours during the sunrise and sunset. This passion for light has led him to master the positioning skills, where he considers it an interesting game to position himself at the right spot, at the right time to catch the perfect light and a well-framed moment.

Varun also possesses extensive knowledge in Lightroom and at times envisions how he wants the processed output to be and then composes his images. He is calm, amiable and finds joy in sharing his photography knowledge.

Upcoming Tours with Varun

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