Awards & Achievements

Speaker @AdobeMAKE IT Australia


Sudhir was invited as one of the guest speakers at Adobe MAKE IT, an annual global event held at Sydney, Australia. His session was about how technology aids in Wildlife photography. The overall event was attended by more than 2000 people and had an online viewership of more than 50,000 people from the Asia Pacific region.



In January 2017, Asian Photography unveiled their awards for the year 2016, placing Sudhir as the third most influential person in the Indian photography industry. Third place, third consecutive award, a very proud moment indeed! Especially considering, the CEO/MD of Canon and CEO/MD of Nikon were placed first and second respectively. Making Sudhir the most influential individual in the Indian photography industry.
Click here to see the entire list of awardees – the veritable movers and shakers of the industry.

AsianPhotographyCover Shot


What better way to announce Sudhir’s third Asian Photography award than carrying his image as cover shot for the Feb 2017 issue.
To elaborate a bit more on the Asian Photography awards – it is the most coveted award in the Indian photography industry, where the most influential people including CEOs, managers and business heads of top companies (such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, HP, and the like); photography institutes; and individual photographers are nominated. To ensure that the whole process remains impartial and unbiased, jury members are picked from outside of the industry. The members evaluate the nominees and their contributions based on a wide range of parameters and score them accordingly.

TOP 100PhotographersOn Web


The 2017 rankings by xxlpix once again place Sudhir at #12 (Points: 152,19 WPI*) in the list of the top 100 best known photographers worldwide. Here is the full list:

As per the xxlpix website, the Web Popularity Index (WPI) takes into consideration the three key factors of the social web: reach, interaction with users, and external references. Thousands of social media and web indicators for popular photographers of the present day were collected during the survey period and evaluated for the creation of the index.
We analysed: fans, followers and subscribers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr, 500px and other social networks, ratios for interaction with subscribers, fans and followers, as well as references for the photographers’ publications.

Speaker@ Karnataka Bird FestivalHampi


As one of the main speakers at the third Karnataka Bird Festival (KBF) at Hampi-Daroji, Sudhir spoke at length about the “Techniques in Bird Photography.” The KBF is one of the prominent events related to wildlife and nature conservation and is attended by leading experts and enthusiasts from India and worldwide. Sudhir has been a guest speaker at both the previous editions of this program.

Top 14Bird PhotographersIn The World


Top 14 Bird Photographers in the World, their Achievements, and their Goals!
Widely followed blog, Nature Photography Simplified featured Sudhir as one of the top 14 bird photographers in the world, alongside other stalwarts including Alan Murphy, Andy Rouse, et al.

You can read the blog with Sudhir’s snappy interview here:

Top 10Most Influential PeopleIn Photography Industry


January 2016 was déjà vu time for Sudhir. He made it to the list of Top 10 Influential People in Photography (in India, for the year 2015) again! This time at the 2nd spot. This was a validation of his calibre and his standing in the industry.

No.1In Top 20 Wildlife PhotographersOf The World On Web


The prominent photography products/services online marketplace, xxlpix, routinely analyzes web data and publishes the list of TOP100 web photographers biannually. In 2016, Sudhir made it to this list both times. First time at the #11 spot and then at #12. Both times he was ranked #1 in the Nature/Wildlife subcategory.

Speaker@ Karnataka Bird FesticalDandeli


The Karnataka Bird Festival serves as a platform for birders, conservationists, and wildlife enthusiasts in general to congregate and celebrate their shared love for birds, nature, and wildlife. The second festival was held at Kulgi Nature Camp, in the Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve. Sudhir was invited as one of the key speakers for this event.

Asian Photography AwardsMost Influential PeopleIn Photography Industry


January 9, 2015 was a momentous day for Sudhir as he went on to be acknowledged as the 5th most influential person in the Indian photography industry for the year 2014, at the Asian Photography Awards. Sudhir was the only individual to figure in the list that featured corporate bigwigs. Some of the top names included the country head of HP India, senior director of Canon India, country manager of Sandisk India, among others.

Article Publishedin Asian PhotographyFeb issue


“Life is not about what you couldn't do so far, it’s about WHAT YOU STILL CAN. Life isn't about finding yourself, Life is about CREATING yourself.” Words that have influenced and shaped Sudhir.
These little nuggets of wisdom and lots of practical advice on how to turn your passion into your profession – Sudhir talks about it all in the February 2015 issue of the Asian Photography magazine.

Speaker @Karnataka Bird FestivalRanganthitoo


The Karnataka Bird Festival (KBF) was envisaged as an annual event to showcase the wealth of bird life in the state. An initiative of the Karnataka Ecotourism Board and the Karnataka Forest Department, the KBF is South India’s biggest bird festival. At its first edition held at Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Sudhir spoke eloquently on Advanced Bird Photography. The participants gained immensely from Sudhir’s in-depth subject matter knowledge as also his vast experience in this genre of photography.



Sudhir was one of the speakers at Adobe’s Create NOW event where they unveiled the latest version of their Creative Cloud.

The Great MigrationMASAI MARAFacebook LIVE


Sudhir took social media engagement to the next level with his broadcast of the Masai Mara great migration live on Facebook in September 2015. Jaw-dropping scenes streamed live as scores of fans worldwide lapped up all the action as it happened. He is the first person in the world to broadcast The Great Migration LIVE on Facebook.

National GeographicYellow Border Award2014


The Yellow Border Award is given to the best cover across 14 language editions of the National Geographic Traveller magazine worldwide. NatGeo Traveller India's September 2013 issue won the award for that year. The image of a pair of great Indian pelicans was shot by Sudhir at Bharatpur, one of India’s top birding destinations. Dreamlike and ethereal, it’s no surprise that this image was chosen as the best among the best.

Speaker@ The Adobe Photography Symposium2014


US software major Adobe invited Sudhir to be on their panel of speakers at the Adobe Photography Symposium. Speaking on his “Path Towards Professional Photography,” Sudhir enthralled the audience, mostly comprising serious hobbyists and aspiring professional photographers, sharing his personal trials, tribulations, and triumphs along his career path.

Cover ShotAsian Photography Feb 2014 Issue


Sudhir’s cover image of the Greater Flamingo set the tone for nine full pages of articles, interviews, tips-tricks, and more images in the February 2014 edition of the Asian Photography magazine. In this issue, Sudhir talks at length about his journey from being a hobby photographer to becoming one of the most recognised names in the Indian photography industry.

National GeographicTraveller India Cover Shot


The surrealistic frame of a pair of pelicans in water with a darter pair forming the backdrop captures the essence of Bharatpur's brilliant landscape. NatGeo Traveller (India) were impressed enough to make it their cover shot.

Sanctuary AsiaWildlife Photographerof the Year 2012


India’s most prestigious wildlife/photography award – Sanctuary’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year – was conferred on Sudhir in 2012. His iconic image of the slumberous leopard on the tree received the top honour. The award recognized Sudhir’s artistic eye as much as it did his technical skill. The hugely popular picture, along with the story behind it, remains one of Sudhir’s personal favourites.
More about it on Sanctuary Asia website: