Sagar Giri – Nepal Wildlife Photographer
Wildlife photography requires a lot of patience and perseverance.You have to be prepared to sit in one spot for long hours, often hiding in bushes, waiting for an animal to make its appearance. It took me an entire month to get a good shot of a tiger. I have had to eat food that had turned cold, and gone without water for hours as well. But, despite the challenges being a wildlife photographer presents, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I was born in Sauraha, Chitwan and always had animals and birds around me, which is probably the reason why I have always been fascinated by wildlife. I was and am an avid birdwatcher as well. And my dad was a conservationist and his field trips and work related conversation just fueled that passion even more. But it wasn’t until two years ago that I decided to take up wildlife photography professionally.
This profession definitely comes at a cost: I have narrowly escaped death multiple times when I have been chased by wild animals. They would be grazing and lazing about when all of sudden they would charge. This has happened so many times that I have lost count. It’s not just my passion that made me take up wildlife photography but I’m also active in the conservation sector and want to bring awareness about the importance of protecting our wildlife through my photos.
In my pursuit of good wildlife photos, I have been to most of the conservation areas in the lowlands and now I want to travel to the highlands as well. Though the trips are tedious, and the wait long and risky, the end results are almost always worth the effort.