Prathap Photography: Best of 2015 & Goals for 2016

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Okay…previous article was about top 14 bird photographers in the world, their achievements, and their goals.

It was not really an easy to task to get time from 20 busiest photographers. I am happy that I got at least 14 responses. I must say it was an exceptionally satisfying experience.

For me, the year 2015 had lots of ups and downs. It was kind of a roller coaster ride I must say. Few things worked out really well but few bombed 🙂 However, I would say it was a great year.

Some of my achievements are:

  • 2 of my bird photographs made it to the final round of 2015 Windland Smith Rice International Awards. I feel proud considering it was my first attempt.
 2015 Windland Smith Rice International Awards Semi-finalist. Silhouette of an Indian Peafowl pair in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Bird Photography by Prathap.

2015 Windland Smith Rice International Awards (or Nature’s Best Photography Awards) Semi-finalist.
Silhouette of the Indian Peafowl pair in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

 2015 Windland Smith Rice International Awards Semi-finalist. Silhouette of an Indian Peafowl landing in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Bird Photography by Prathap.

2015 Windland Smith Rice International Awards (or Nature’s Best Photography Awards) Semi-finalist.
Silhouette of a landing Indian Peafowl in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

  • 2 of my bird photographs made it to the final round of Nature’s Best Photography Asia Awards 2015.
2015 Nature's Best Photography Asia Awards Semi-finalist. River tern preening in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. Bird Photography by Prathap.

2015 Nature’s Best Photography Asia Awards Semi-finalist.
River tern preening in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

 2015 Nature's Best Photography Asia Awards Semi-finalist. Silhouette of an Indian Peafowl in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Bird Photography by Prathap.

2015 Nature’s Best Photography Asia Awards Semi-finalist.
Silhouette of an Indian Peafowl in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

  • My first bird photography masterclass in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary was a huge hit. It was an amazing experience. Check out my workshop schedule here.
  • Deccan Chronicle, a leading national newspaper, published an excellent article about me. It was a thrilling experience in fact.
  • My article about bird photography got published in Smart Photography – India’s number 1 imaging magazine.
  • Published my much-awaited eBook Bird Photography Simplified – A Virtual Masterclass. It was a huge success. I thank you all for that! Check out my goals in 2016 to learn about a BIG SURPRISE!
  • Produced a Coffee Table Book for a leading Automotive Company in a phenomenal time frame.

I think it’s enough now 🙂 In fact, that’s all I have. Here are some of my favorite photographs from the year 2015.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Red-whiskered bulbul in Kabini Backwaters, Karnataka, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Painted Stork Love in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Painted stork landing in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

A balancing act by an Osprey in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

White-browed wagtail reflection in a Swimming Pool.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Little Egret in the early morning light in Kabini backwaters, Karnataka, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Juvenile Purple Heron in the backlight in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Indian Grey Hornbill in flight in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Grey Heron Silhouette against the rising Sun in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Great Blue Heron in the golden light in Kabini Backwaters, Karnataka, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Northern Shoveler pair silhouette during the sunset in Kabini Backwaters, Karnataka, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Duckling portrait in Pondicherry, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Double-crested cormorant in flight in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Juvenile Cattle Egret portrait in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Blue-tailed bee-eater portrait in Naguvanahalli near Mysore, Karnataka, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Blue-tailed bee-eater landing with a prey in Naguvanahalli near Mysore, Karnataka, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Blue-tailed bee-eater landing with a prey in Naguvanahalli near Mysore, Karnataka, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Spoonbill family in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Unique silhouette of a White-throated kingfisher and an Indian Darter during sunset in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Amazing best bird photographs from 2015. Nature wildlife and bird photography by Prathap.

Sarus Crane pair calling on a foggy morning in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Goals for 2016

There are more than 100 goals…just kidding 🙂

I don’t want to bore you with the details. But, let me share some of the important goals I have.

Before that, here’s a BIG SURPRISE for you this year!

I have been working on an abridged version of the Bird Photography Simplified – A Virtual Masterclass eBook for quite some time. The idea was to make an affordable version so that it reaches far and wide. It will be released shortly.

Best Bird Photography book or eBook. Professional bird photography tips. Practical bird photography tips.

Book Cover of Bird Photography Simplified – A Virtual Masterclass (Abridged Version)

Find out about Bird Photography Simplified – A Virtual Masterclass (Abridged Version).

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already. Every blog subscriber gets my free eBook Bird Photography – 10 Mistakes & Solutions.

Okay. Now let’s get to the goals. Here you go…

  • Visit as many new birding hotspots as possible. Will be visiting Jamnagar, Gujarat in a few weeks. Have to visit many other places.
  • Working on a mega project which is super confidential. Did I say super confidential? So…I can’t disclose it 🙂
  • Working on a proposal for a project in a Bird Sanctuary. It’s been on the cards for over a year, haven’t been able to get the right contacts. Hopefully, will be able to kick off the project this year.
  • Conduct more bird photography masterclasses and help more bird photography enthusiasts to change their viewpoint and become a better photographer.
  • Write a series of short, sweet, and affordable eBooks on basic DSLR concepts. Because, I think there is a huge gap in understanding. It’s extremely simple, but then not many photographers seem to think so. So, my job is to…SIMPLIFY.

If you like my work, spread the love.

What about you? I asked you to share your goals and achievements in my last article about Top 14 Bird Photographers, but only a few of you did. Why not share it now?

THINK PHOTOGRAPHY. THINK SIMPLE.

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8 Responses to Prathap Photography: Best of 2015 & Goals for 2016

  1. Vaishnavi T January 13, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    Awesome . Congratulations. 2015 favourties are real good.

    • Prathap January 13, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

      Thank you! Vaishnavi.

  2. Virginia January 13, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your love of bird photography

    • Prathap January 13, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

      My pleasure! Virginia. Thank you!

  3. Jodeph Facey January 13, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

    Prathap, you should have titled your last work “Top 15 Photographers” of which you should be one.

    Your photos are “Brilliant”. Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge with me.
    A fan for life!!

    • Prathap January 13, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

      Hi Jodeph Facey, Thank you so much for your kind words about my work. It’s a long way for me to be honest. Top 14 photographers are exceptionally talented.

  4. Rosanne January 13, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    Okay, here goes. Birding is what got me into photography. I started out with the simple idea of taking a photo of the birds I was seeing in the field…in auto mode! I then got more serious about photography, generally, and about bird photography, specifically (not the easiest subject to photograph, I might add). My biggest achievement for 2015: I no longer shoot in auto mode. My goal for 2016: To continue to learn all I can to improve my photographic efforts and to enter one of my bird photographs in a “B” (beginner) competition at the photo club I joined with the idea of gaining insight on how I can improve my skills as a photographer. It doesn’t sound like much compared with your achievements/goals, Prathap, but I need to take baby steps. (Even sharing this information is an achievement for me!) Thank you for sharing your awesome and amazing bird photos with all of us. Best regards. May 2016 be good to you. : – )

    • Prathap January 13, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

      Hi Rosanne, thank you so much for sharing your goals and achievements. I greatly appreciate it.
      That’s a commendable achievement I must say. Getting out of auto mode opens up a whole new world. It also shows that you are improving!
      Remember to compete in all the competitions. Don’t underestimate your potential. You need only ONE EXCEPTIONAL photo. That’s all! And you can do it…and everyone can do it too. Take baby steps for sure, but aim higher.
      All the very best for you.

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