I thank National Geographic for recognizing me as Educator of the Week - http://blog.education.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/14/out-of-the-classroom-and-into-wild-weekends/. Its a great motivation for me to take our recently initiated educational programs, especially DCP Kids Wild Weekends to the next level.
Received the certificate of highly honored winner in 'Small World' category of Nature's Best Photography, Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2014, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of wildlife photography; and also a copy of the book which features the image along with few of the best of wildlife images across the world. Feels great having known few of these maestros personally.
A team of researchers led by Sathyabhama Das Biju unraveled a 150 year old taxonomic misconception about the common occurrence of Hylarana species in the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka Global Biodiversity Hotspot. Dr Biju named the Maharashtra Golden backed frog as Hylarana caesari, after my name in appreciation of my efforts towards amphibian conservation initiatives.
"The Three Acacias" won National Geographic Traveller Photography contest. The image was made during my first visit to Masai Mara in 2011 and this was my first recognition in National Geographic. This same issue also carried an excellent article by Natasha Sahgal on Amphibians of Western Ghats, Dr Biju S Das and his amazing works.