Aishwarya Sridhar is an Indian wildlife photographer, environmental conservationist, documentary maker, and TEDx speaker. She is the youngest winner of the Sanctuary Asia- Young Naturalist Award (2011) and the International Camera Fair Award (2016). In 2020, Aishwarya became the first Indian woman to receive the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.
Aishwarya Sridhar was born on Sunday January 12, 1997 and hails from Panvel in Maharashtra. He did his studies at the Dr. Pillai Global Academy, Navi Mumbai, and then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Media from the Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Sciences, Mumbai.
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Black
Family and caste
Fathers and brothers
Aishwarya Sridhar’s father, Sridhar Ranganathan, is a member of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). His mother’s name is Rani Sridhar.
Relationships, husband and children
Not much is known about their relationships.
Aishwarya was introduced to the world of wildlife when she was 8 years old. He spent most of his childhood hiking, touring wildlife trails, visiting wetlands, watching birds for hours, and documenting them. Aishwarya’s father, Sridhar Ranganathan, a member of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), used to take her on nature trails when she was young. In an interview, she said:
At the age of 11, when I saw my first big cat in Pench National Park, I was elated, but also heartbroken after the news of the poaching of the same tiger made headlines. It was at that moment that I decided that I wanted to work for the conservation of wildlife. ‘
In 2018, his debut documentary, Panje-The Last Wetland, aired on DD National and has helped protect the last remaining wetlands in Mumbai.
Thereafter, he became a member of the State Wetland Identification Committee appointed by the Bombay High Court. In 2019, he filmed another documentary, The Queen of Taru with ‘Maya’, a tiger in the forest of Tadoba, Maharashtra. The documentary won the Best Amateur Film award at the New York Wildlife Film Festival and became the first Indian film to receive such an award. It was also nominated for the Best Film Award at the 9th National Scientific Film Festival (2019).
Thereafter, in 2020, he directed an eight-part digital series, Fun-Crafts with Aishwarya, for WWF India. Later in the same year, he hosted Nature For Future, a unique wildlife chat show that focuses on India’s most threatened species on Discovery Channel India. On October 13, 2020, Aishwarya became the first Indian woman to receive the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for the fascinating image called ‘Lights of Passion’, featuring fireflies. It was a series of photographs taken over time and then put together in layers.
Awards / Honors
- Sanctuary Asia Young Naturalist Award (2011)
- International Chamber Fair Award (2016)
- Young Digital Camera Photographer of the Year Award for the image titled ‘It’s a Small World’ (2018)
- Excellence Award in Short Film for the documentary ‘Panje- The Last Wetland’ at the NexGen Short Film Festival (2019)
- Icon Woman Award (2019)
- Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award (2020)
Facts / Trivia
- Despite being an active wildlife and environmental conservationist, Aishwarya has never been committed to her studies. In fact, in 2013, it was the world leader in the business studies exam in the Cambridge international exams. His percentiles on the four tests he appeared on were Business Studies-97, Accounting-96, Economics-91, and English Literature-85.
- He has written more than 200 poems on nature and conservation. Her images, poems, and articles have been published in various magazines and newspapers, including BBC Wildlife, Guardian, Mongabay, Sanctuary Asia, Saevus, Times of India, DNA, Hindustan Times, and The Vibe and Pawstrail.
- She also works with local fishing communities, NGOs and the state to protect wetlands in Maharashtra, and is the youngest member of the State Wetlands Brief Documentation Committee.