Woods Away: Creating awareness on threats to ecosystem
The third edition of Woods Away – a four day wildlife photography exhibition, supported by ITC Sonar Kolkata and showcasing distinctive photographs taken in India and Africa, was inaugurated recently. Craig L Hall, Consul General, United States of America in Kolkata, inaugurated it in the presence of actor, Gargi Roy Chowdhury, participating photographers, Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, Shiladitya Chaudhury, Dhiman Ghosh along with the host of city glitterati.
The exhibition is aimed to create awareness on the threats to the ecosystem and maintain the rationale behind this initiative to support conservation at large. Proceeds from the sales of this exhibition will go to NEWS (Nature Environment and Wildlife Society) towards restoration of mangrove at Sundarbans. The exhibition is a collection of some visual elegance of the lustrous ecosystem captured at various wildernesses of India and Africa that has been ingeniously photographed.
"I have had the privilege of roaming vast stretches of Wild India, often aimlessly and sometimes for sake of my profession, where I witnessed many rare and exciting sights into the ways of nature and its wild denizens. Through 'Woods Away', I wanted to portray the wilderness that I had been able to capture through my lenses," said Biswajit Roy Chowdhury.
"'Woods Away season III' is a humble tribute to eminent journalist Late Sumit Sen, who was a dedicated wildlife enthusiast. He was the energy force behind this noble initiative. Overwhelmed by the splendid response that we have received in the past years, this year we are adding an extra day to the exhibition", said ShiladityaChaudhury.
"'Woods Away' is a heart touching exhibition combining the art of photography with the reality of wildlife conservation. It is part of our initiative to contribute towards building a greener tomorrow," said Atul Bhalla, General Manager, ITC Sonar.
A coffee table book, 'Wilderness' as an extension of the bouquet of wildlife photographs, showcased by these three ace photographers, was also released at the exhibition.
According to the photographers, it is through their photographs that they attempt to provide a platform to document threatened landscapes and species that cannot be overlooked.