Prasenjeet Yadav is a molecular ecologist turned photographer and a National Geographic Explorer. Prasenjeet holds a masters degree in molecular biology and has pursued research in molecular ecology for several years at National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India. Early in his scientific career, he realized that his real passion lay in storytelling. He now combines his experience in research with his photography skills to popularize ecological and conservation sciences in the wider society. Prasenjeet is one of the very few photographers who integrates science deeply into his photo stories. He chooses ignored subjects, landscapes, and species and find ways to develop engaging and accessible photos. For every story, he collaborates with researchers, managers, policymakers as well as conservationists. Along with the larger stories, he also produces stories that are directed at specific audiences who have the power to create lasting change.
His previous projects helped bring light on sensitive issues such as climate change and its effects to high elevation Himalaya and effects of windmills on the surrounding ecosystems raising questions about how green is our green energy. He is a founder member of 'Shoot for Science' which is an initiative to train scientists in science communication.
Under his explorer's project, he produced a story on the evolution of species in the Shola Skyislands of the Western Ghats which was published and exhibited at National Geographic, Telluride, Banff, NCBS, etc. He is represented by National Geographic Creative and is currently working in the Central Asia's high mountains and the Western Ghats of India. Prasenjeet's luggage is currently based in Bangalore, India and he is constantly on the move.
National Geographic Nature photographer of the year : Landscape category
Recipient of McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Scholarship to attend MPW68
Shrushti : Wildlife photographer of the Year (2014)
Saevus India : Pixel Perfect : (2013)
Winner : Nature Trailblazers : India's only assignment photography contest (2013,2014)
Scroll.in : Science photography Initiative
Stanford Journal (News) (2014)
Better Photography (2014)
Asia Times (2014)
Indian Express (2013)