Nature Art Trails institute an initiative of Paws Trails will be providing training on photography and art
Nature Art Trails Institute opened its doors on Friday 8th of November at Time Square Mall in Dubai, UAE. The institute is founded by Award winning Wildlife photographers Hermis Haridas & Nisha Pururshothaman with a vision of brining people closer to nature using photography & art as the medium to spread awareness and education about conservation.
The institute was inaugurated by Dr. Peter Hudson, Willaman Professor of Biology in the Eberly College of Science and director of The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, started his career as a wildlife biologist. In recognition of his commitment to advancing public health to alleviate human suffering around the world, Dr. Hudson has been recognized by Kish Bank with the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2018.
The opening also included a spectacular wildlife photography exhibition by renowned photographers and nature conservations including Salma Al Suwaidi, Hermis Haridas, Nisha Purushothaman, Suaad Alsuwaidi, Sami Alqaderi, Athira mohan krishnan , Peter Hudson, Nitin Michael, Shaji Mohammed, Manu Reghurajan, Preethi & Prashant Chacko.
Hermis Haridas – Co Founder of Nature Art Trails Institute says, “After passionately pursuing wildlife photography for over 10 years, it dawned on us that we wanted to inspire and mentor people to understand the criticality of conservation. It’s important for us to share this knowledge and our insights that we have gained in our experience as wildlife photographers. We believe that people, especially the future generation, are going to be the advocates of nature and wildlife conservation. Hence with this thought in mind, the concept of ‘Weekend workshops’ began – our first practical and consistent photography workshop based in the UAE – with a promising outcome as the weeks progressed. This particular genre of academy is the first time in this region.”
Nisha Pururshothaman – Co Founder of Paws Trails Explorers adds, “We want to do our part in building awareness on nature conservation. We believe that any form of art can create a positive change in an individual’s life. Hence by associating these positive features to the noble message of conservation, we can achieve the benefits of making people happier and healthier, while giving Mother Nature a fighting chance at survival.”
Nature Art Trails Institute is a first of its kind in Dubai, where trainees will get educated on how photography and art can be used to change an individual’s perspective to connect with nature; providing top-notch training by collaborating with well-known photographs and experts in their respective fields. Staying true its nature of mentoring young minds, the institute has officially announced Suaad Alsuwaidi, the notable Emirati female wildlife photographer as the Paws Trails Ambassador. The institute aims to conduct regular courses on wildlife & nature photography along with hosting monthly exhibitions to constantly offer opportunities to students to showcase and grow as Photographers & Artists. All the photography certifications at the institute are endorsed by National Geographic Abu Dhabi & Emirates Nature-WWF.
About the founders of Paws Trails Explorers & Nature Art Institute:
Paws Trails is a global platform for wildlife conservation, photography, art and travel, initiated by two wildlife photographers, Hermis Haridas and Nisha Purushothaman, in 2015. It is now a collective dream of a group of dedicated nature and wildlife enthusiasts – you could call it a unique initiative from the UAE to spread awareness on wildlife and conservation through art and photography. With the growing concerns the world is facing, this is an initiative to transform the youth population to connect with nature and our surrounding environment, to make our planet a better place to live in.
Paws Trails started with international wildlife photography workshops, and in the last four years, has expanded to four verticals: Education, Tours, Events, and Publishing. Having started with two individuals, we now have a team of approximately 200, including but not limited to photographers, conservationists, and scientists volunteering with us on our mission.
In 2018, Paws Trails organized an international wildlife festival in Dubai along with National Geographic Abu Dhabi and Emirates Nature-WWF, which was the first of its kind of event that the Middle East had seen. We have also organized 18 international wildlife photography exhibitions in UAE, and by October 2019, Paws Trails will have published its 19th edition of its online bi-monthly magazine, PT Explorers. Finally, within its 4 years of its commencement, Paws Trails has completed more than 50 international wildlife photography workshops in various parts of the world, with an increase in its popularity. Now is 2019 the founders of Paws Trails Explorers take a step further and founded “Nature Art Institute” to continue their mission to educate and conserve.
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