Second year BA(Hons) Marine & Natural History Photography student Pradyuman Samant is no stranger to being published, but as he put it, “you know it’s BIG when it’s the BBC”.
In the past, Pradyuman has had his photographs published in various magazines, including: Sanctuary Asia, India’s leading wildlife and nature conservation magazine; Saevus, India’s premium wildlife magazine; Wild Planet Photo Magazine, a leading online photography magazine; and NatGeoKids, a specialty children’s television channel ran by 21st Century Fox and National Geographic Society.
Being published by BBC Wildlife Magazine, however, is the cherry on top of the cake.
Pradyuman told us: “I’ve been published in magazines before and have done a few articles as well, but getting published in BBC Wildlife Magazine is something different! It’s probably every wildlife enthusiast’s or photographer’s dream.”
The image that was published by the BBC was a beautiful close up shot of a group of frog’s eggs, with developing froglets inside. It was taken in a rainforest near Goa, India.
“I’ve been visiting this place for about three years now,” Pradyuman said. “It was my second visit when I took this shot, so I wanted to step it up and see if I could do something different. I experimented with lighting and different angles.”
Pradyuman’s external flash died at the very beginning of the trip due to heavy rain, so he was forced to use his in-camera flash.
“I wasn’t really happy with it,” he told us. “But it’s safe to say it worked, considering that photo won me an award and got me published in BBC Wildlife Magazine.”
Pradyuman was awarded the Young Photographer of the Year 2016 prize at the Royal Society of Biology in London, for this photo.
Following university, he would like to film for National Geographic, the BBC, or Netflix. And with such a successful start, who knows where his passion for photography will take him.