Prathamesh Vinod Ghadekar
Award winning Nature and Wildlife Photographer
Award winning Street and People Photographer
Founder and Owner of Lifestyle Photography company Momentographers
Featured in various International news and publications
Naturalist and Environmentalist
Born and brought up in a suburban area, I had no touch with wild animals for most of my early childhood. Everything changed when my friend Makarand introduced me to a Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation group mainly run by Nitin Nilegaonkar and Babu Nayar in my hometown Badlapur. With them I experienced snakes first hand and they fantasized me to the core ! I started reading about them and found them extremely interesting considering their unique anatomy and characters. I found it very unfortunate that there are a lot of misunderstandings and superstitions in people about Snakes. I wished to somehow spread awareness and eradicate the un-necessary fear people had about them. When I was 12 years old, I started rescuing snakes from human settlements and releasing them in nearby natural habitats. It has been so many years now and I still have the same respect and love towards Snakes and other reptiles.
After a few months of plain rescue and release, I thought of documenting the snakes before releasing. Mobile phone cameras were rare and expensive at that time so I used to borrow point and shoot cameras from a friends and click some record images of Wildlife around me. This gave me a sense of how deep and immense the world of smaller animals is. Along with Snakes, I started photographing other Reptiles, Amphibians, Spiders, Insects, Bugs and almost anything that I found around me.
After a few years, noticing my interest in Photography, my Father gifted me my first DSLR camera, A Canon EOS 7D with a 18-55 mm kit lens. With the new powerful tool, I acquired a set of Macro Diopters for my kit lens and started photographing the Macro wildlife around me. On my first trip in the Western Ghats to Amboli, I found a Malabar Pit Viper feeding on a Malabar Gliding Frog. I took a few images and one of them landed me the my first International award, the Nactus Award won me a brand new Canon EOS 5D Mark III, my first Full frame camera. Life changed a lot after this. I started a job for a USA based company but somehow I knew that I wanted to have a career in photography to stay happy. Thus I started a Wedding and Lifestyle photography company by the name Momentographers in 2014. This allowed me to stay focused as a Professional photographer and being self employed meant that I could dedicate as much time as I wish to my Wildlife and People photography. 7 years down the line, I have been juggling with my Commercial photography and Non-commercial photography assignments. I have won several National and International awards as well as recognitions in this period and have been featured in various International news and publications. I still believe I have a lot to learn and achieve and I find myself extremely privileged that I was able to pursue my passion and turn it into my profession.