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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
With challenges and thrill, Wild Clicks-4 a big draw in Pench
Correspondent : Vijay Pinjarkar
NAGPUR: Even as Wild Clicks-4, India's only live photography contest, comes to a close on Wednesday, participants are loaded with excitement after setting out on forest trails through the dense forest cover, scanning the vast stretch of open meadows and grasslands in the Pench Tiger Reserve.

Wild Clicks-4 took off with immense chill and thrill on April 20. The safari sessions with experts gave inputs about time management, identifying moments, innovation and on how to play on your strengths while capturing the moment.

The safari provided challenges to the shutterbugs to captured birds in flight, lakes and a lot other wildlife moments. Some showers added to the adventure. Various significant locations that were covered included the Bamboo Van, one of the most unique habitats of wild India.

"The forest changed its colour after rain with the aroma of wet sand, music of birds and more than 35 wild dogs, a family of bison and leopard with cubs were sighted on Monday," said Rajnesh Naidu, one of the convenors.

Conceived and developed as an annual wildlife property by Nature Wanderers, Wild Clicks is one of the most exciting and thrilling wildlife photography competitions.

About 32 contestants under various age groups from across India competed with each other for four days in the wild heaven of Mowgli land in Maharashtra. At the start of the event, the contestants were given five themes - mammals, birds, landscapes, the miniature world and natural abstracts.

The contest will be judged on Wednesday by a panel comprising cinematographer Nalla Muthu, natural history photographer G H Shankar, senior forest officer G S Bharadwaj.

Nature Wanderers is India's pioneering nature photography training organization that aims to spread awareness about environmental conservation through innovative means - primarily photography.

"Over the years, Wild Clicks has grown as a competition and has always believed in giving proper recognition to the work of their contestants in some or the other way hosting number of prizes," says Shivang Mehta, managing director of Nature Wanderers.

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