2011

Vasundhara Sanman

Ajit Patil

Ajit Patil is a farmer from Sangli. A Commerce graduate, Ajit is an ardent Chipko (hug the trees) movement activist working with Chandi Prasad Bhatt and Sunder Lal Bahuguna himself. From his school days, Ajit likes studying nature, traveling, nature photography etc. He has done still and video-shooting in many rivers (Krishna, Bhogawati, Indrawati, Warna etc.) right from where they originated till their meeting with the seas, and has covered many topics related to rivers including Plant & Animal life, History, Geography, Social and Economic Diversities etc. The River Valley Research Society engaged him to study and photograph the effects of the total solar eclipse on plants and animals in Yallapur (Karnataka).

Vasundhara Mitra

Nature Conservation Society

Founded in 2008, this institute functions in the Sangli district. It rescues wild animals that are wounded or distressed due to venturing into human habitats and re-establishes them in their natural surroundings. In case the animals can’t be treated, they are sent to the Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at Katraj near Pune, after getting permission from the Forest Dept. So far, the society has given a new lease of life to many birds, small mammals and snakes.