Shekar Dattatri, an internationally acclaimed wildlife filmmaker and conservationist is a Founder-Trustee of TREE and chief mentor of Youth For Conservation.
His lifelong fascination with wildlife began at the age of 13, when he joined the famous Madras Snake Park as a student-volunteer. This led to photography and, later, to wildlife filmmaking. Since then, Shekar has worked with some of the world’s leading broadcasters of wildlife programmes, including the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC Natural History Unit.
Moving away from television documentaries in 2000, and working closely with conservation NGOs in India, Shekar now uses his skills as a filmmaker to make hard-hitting advocacy films on conservation issues.
He is the co-founder of Conservation India, an online portal to enable conservation action. His work can be seen at www.shekardattatri.com
K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar, a professional freelance nature photographer and conservation educator, is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of YFC.
His assignments have taken him from the lush rainforests of the Western Ghats to extreme terrains in the Himalaya. His photographs have been exhibited in major cities across India as a part of the 'Fuji Super Six', an annual event organized by Fuji Film India. He was a part of the film crew that made ‘Secrets of the King Cobra’, which was commissioned and broadcast by National Geographic Television.
He is deeply concerned about India’s biodiversity and the need to conserve it for posterity. With a strong vision to connect children and nature using the visual medium, he joined Shekar Dattatri to initiate Youth For Conservation . For this initiative, he was shortlisted for the Rolex Young Laureates Programme, from the Asia-Pacific region. His work can be seen at www. ramnathshekar.com