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World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies
Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, died at OI Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on 19th of March. He was 45 years old (97 in human equivalent age). A team of veterinarians decided to euthanise him due to his agerelated problems and several infections. He is survived by two female rhinos: his daughter Najin, aged 28, and granddaughter Fatu, aged 17. White rhinos comprise of two subspecies: the northern white rhinos, which are nearly extinct and the southern white rhino. During the 1970s and 1980s, the poaching crisis largely destroyed the northern white rhinos in Uganda, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad. The poaching crisis was the result of the growing demand for rhino horn in traditional Chinese medicine to cure various ailments and to use them as dagger handles in Yemen. The remaining wild population of last few rhinos were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the beginning of 2000s, and by 2008, World Wide Fund, the global environment campaign considered the northern white rhinos extinct. To save the species from complete extinction, researchers have pinned their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). They intend to use Sudan’s genetic material, and the eggs of the last female rhinos to preserve the subspecies. However, IVF has never been attempted with rhinos before. Better Photography magazine and Panasonic India conducted wildlife masterclasses for winners of Wildlife India Photography Awards, and twenty other participants from 25 June-1 July 2017, in Kenya. During this period, the winners and participants were able to meet Sudan in OI Pejeta Conservancy. A video was also shot featuring Sudan, which stressed on wildlife conservation. The film is title Sudan - Last Male Standing, and is available on Youtube. Having known the team that looked after Sudan so carefully, we offer our condolences from India. “We had the singular honour, to meet and touch the very last living male northern white rhinoceros on the planet. We are the very last generation to see this truly magnificent sub-species alive. We could not help feeling a sense of shame that humans killed them off with poaching, just as we do with so many other species. By being bystanders, our responsibility in all this does not diminish,” said Madhavan Pillai, Editor of Better Photography magazine.
Smithsonian Magazine’s Photo Contest Finalists Announced
The Smithsonian magazine has revealed 60 fi nalists for their 15th annual photo contest. This year, 48,000 entries were sent in from155 countries, amongst which fi ve Indian photographers have been shortlisted. Vikas Datta was selected for his landscape image in the Natural World category; Debashish Mukherjee for capturing a boatman reading a newspaper; Yusuf Chiniwala’s image of Yaks at Pangong lake in the Travel category; Swaroop Singha Roy’s image of a deer stag in the forest in the Altered Images category, and Sirsendu Gayen’s photograph of Gangasagar Mela in the Mobile category.
Rohan Shrestha Launches A Photography School
LEAP India Institue, an academy that is backed by the India Steel group, launched make-up school Make-up Designory (MUD) in India. The institution will start a course on photography, in collaboration with India’s fashion photographer, Rohan Shrestha. The School Of Photography offers an introductory two week course on fashion photography, which will eventually expand. As for the faculty, along with Shrestha, professionals from the industry will be invited as guest lecturers. The curriculum is designed to give students hands on experience of various fashion shoot proccesses such as pre– production, lighting, model direction, art direction, business, and marketing. Furthermore, students will get a chance to work with professional models, make-up artists, and stylists. “Our main objective is to lend the students a guiding hand. It’s easy to get technical knowledge of photography on the internet today. This course is more about understanding how the industry functions, and developing your own brand as a photographer,” says Shrestha.
Museo Camera Needs To Raise Rs. 1.5 Crore
Museo Camera is India’s first vintage camera museum located at India Photo Archive’s headquarters in Gurugram. It showcases antique analogue cameras, and other photographic equipment dating back to the 19th century. The collection is owned and curated by photographer and visual historian, Aditya Arya. The government of Haryana, through the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has decided to build an 18,000 sq. ft. museum to exhibit Arya’s vast collection. They have leased 0.75 acres land in Chakkarpur, Gurugram. Museo Camera: A Centre for the Photographic Arts will have exhibition spaces for 200 visitors, along with scientifically controlled environments for the preservation of artifacts, equipment, negatives, and others. However, the museum needs to raise Rs. 1.5 crore, through contributions. Arya aims to make Museo Camera India’s first crowd funded museum. The contributors will also have their names featured on the wall of the museum, along with other privilages. To contribute, please