Young Minds for a Compassionate World Part I

A wildlife and nature photography exhibition presented by Victoria Memorial Hall and Natural History Museum, London as part of British Council's India/UK Together Season of Culture

By Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata

Natural History Museum, London and British Council India/UK Together Season of Culture

Serenity of Nature: Glimpsed here is a self-sufficing ecosystem within the premises of the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Gardens located in Shibpur, Howrah. The stream in the picture provides scope for ample interactions amongst miscellaneous species of nature thriving in aquatic, semi-aquatic, terrestrial, and arboreal habitats. (2022) by Dipta KunduVictoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata

CLIMATE AMBASSADORS AGE GROUP: 15 - 17 YEARS

33 students from various schools and colleges of Kolkata participated in a photography and conservation training programme and worked with alumni from the Natural History Museum’s iconic Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, conservationists and filmmakers in June 2022.

Untitled (2022) by Mehjabeen NeshaVictoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata

CLIMATE AMBASSADORS AGE GROUP: 15 - 17 YEARS

The project culminated in an exhibition in the Durbar Hall of Victoria Memorial Hall to generate awareness about the global issue of climate change.

Flair of the Creation, Abrisha Das, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Smite the Really to stand still, Abrisha Das, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Search of the Subsistence, Abrisha Das, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Her Dead Children, Abrisha Das, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Abrisha Das, South Point High School

Butterflies, they are like dream flowers, childhood dreams, which have broken loose from their stalks and escaped into the sunshine, Ahwan Nandi, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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A caterpillar never knows that they'll become this beautiful in the future, having faith in themself is the best a person can do., Ahwan Nandi, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Dragonflies and butterflies are some of the most attractive organisms in the insect world. Deforestation, urbanization, climate change all lead to the loss of these creatures. A global assessment of more than 6,000 dragonfly and damselfly species shows that 16% are at risk of extinction. Needless to mention, humans who catch butterflies and dragonflies for fun also contribute to the decline of these species. Life is hard for them.                        Ahwan Nandi, Sri Sri Academy

Togetherness, Arijit Guha, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Happiness in colours, Arijit Guha, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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A joyful moment, Arijit Guha, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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  Wildlife refers to undomesticated animal species, but has come to include all organisms that grow or live wild in an area without being introduced by humans. Wildlife has also been synonymous with game - those birds and mammals that were hunted for sport. Wildlife can be found in all ecosystems.                                                                 Arijit Guha, The Calcutta Emmanuel School    

Certain things catch our eye's but pursue only those that capture our heart., Arjab Halder, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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All things bright and beautiful all creatures great and small, Arjab Halder, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Nature always wears the colours of the spirit, Arjab Halder, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Though insects are tiny, they are the most beautiful creatures on our vast planet. We humans see insects like small creatures. However, the size of insects transcends their incredible power to adapt to most habitats, including the most challenging ones, ensures their success living on the planet even before and after humans.                        Arjab Halder, South  Point High School    

Untitled, Bhumi Shaw, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Bhumi Shaw, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Bhumi Shaw, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Our life is a constant journey from birth to death. The landscape changes. The people change. Our needs change.     But the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.  Bhumi Shaw, Future Hope School                                        

Three is not a crowd, Debkumar Roy, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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A Jewel, Debkumar Roy, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Home maker, Debkumar Roy, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Naughty Neighbour, Debkumar Roy, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Sentinel, Debkumar Roy, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Debkumar Roy, The Calcutta Emmanuel School

Untitled, Dhwani Bachhawat, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Dhwani Bachhawat, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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This selection aims to portray the Plant and Animal Kingdom through a sensitive lens – to give the viewers an insight into what goes beyond the fluttering of the wings, the flight of a bird, and the gentle buzzing of a bee.         Dhwani Bachhawat, Modern High School for Girls

Blooming Sunflower: The common sunflower is an annual herb - a perennial photographer's delight for more than one reason. Seen here is a bud just waiting to bloom within the next couple of days. The yellow petal-like ray florets are seen peeping through the involucre of bracts., Dipta Kundu, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Lobster Claw: This plant, Heliconia Rostrata, is closer to bananas than its commonly confused counterpart, the Bird of Paradise. Hence, it is also known as the "False Bird of Paradise". It is a species of perennial herb grown as an ornamental plant. The showy vermillion bracts contain small, yellow true flowers., Dipta Kundu, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Serenity of Nature: Glimpsed here is a self-sufficing ecosystem within the premises of the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Gardens located in Shibpur, Howrah. The stream in the picture provides scope for ample interactions amongst miscellaneous species of nature thriving in aquatic, semi-aquatic, terrestrial, and arboreal habitats., Dipta Kundu, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Dipta Kundu, Sushila Birla Girls' School

Untitled, Ishan Sinha, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Ishan Sinha, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Ishan Sinha, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Ishan Sinha, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Ishan Sinha, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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The mountains have always been my happy place. The presence of beautiful creatures such as birds, is just one of the perks of visiting such places. Capturing them through a camera surely is a highly tedious task. The immense pain and hard work that I put into such a task, has always been worth it, because it has only made me realise that this mysterious subcontinent that we live in, is truly nature's jewel.  - Ishan Sinha, Sri Sri Academy    

Untitled, Kaustav Jaiswal, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Kaustav Jaiswal, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Kaustav Jaiswal, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Kaustav Jaiswal, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Birds are the most free-spirited creatures in this world. Not only can they fly freely anywhere they like but they have the most beautiful voices to which we wake up every morning. Human beings, animals and birds have lived and coexisted with each other from time immemorial and the relationship in between can be seen in a positive as well as negative way. What do you think about it?  - Kaustav Jaiswal, The Heritage School                                                             

Untitled, Kumudini Chowdhury, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Kumudini Chowdhury, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Kumudini Chowdhury, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Kumudini Chowdhury, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Life is an undulating series of moments - a dynamic entity which traverses a multitude of emotions and feelings. Through my photographs, I have attempted to capture this delicate juxtaposition of emotions, which is mirrored in the animal world. This collection of photographs not only illustrates the highs and lows of life, but also highlights a kind of harmony that only the passage of time could bring.  - Kumudini Chowdhury, Modern High School for Girls

Ant: An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox, Manya Kapoor, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Flower: Don’t let others hold you back, Manya Kapoor, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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LEAF: Glimpses of life on a leaf, Manya Kapoor, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Plant: If humans can litter the place meant for plants, why can’t plants grow in places made for the litter?, Manya Kapoor, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Manya Kapoor, Sushila Birla Girls' School

Untitled, Meghanjali Mitra, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Meghanjali Mitra, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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NATURE MY SAVIOUR  My love for nature is something that keeps me alive. In contrast to the maddening world of humans, I am surrounded by nature that is silent, serene and sublime. The beauty of nature overwhelms me every time and that is the story my captures want to relate. I have begun a journey with my camera which I feel will help me traverse all obstacles and difficulties with ease. Nature is my haven. - Meghanjali Mitra, Indus Valley World School

Untitled, Mehjabeen Nesha, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Mehjabeen Nesha, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Everything's that lives and grows  Is nature  Animals  Big and small Nature is plants that grow so tall  Nature is beautiful in every way  Wonderful, exciting  And needs our care  The exhibition was a wonderful experience and       great opportunity to connect with nature exploring and learning new things! - Mehjabeen Nesha, Future Hope School    

Untitled, Piu Dey, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Piu Dey, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Piu Dey, Future Hope School

Untitled, Priyamvada Mundhra, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Priyamvada Mundhra, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Priyamvada Mundhra, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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  We live in two worlds. Both contrasting each other simultaneously. We talk about environment conservation, nature preservation but what do we do ?  We kill nature for buildings. We kill our birds, we cage our animals. Everyday we see such contrasts weaving a pattern in our lives. These are the two worlds, but we choose the world we live in.  - Priyamvada Mundhra, Modern High School for Girls

Berry Love, Rahil Fulara, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Dark Beauty, Rahil Fulara, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Wings of Freedom, Rahil Fulara, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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The mesmerising beauty of nature is unparalleled to anything else in this world. The elegance cannot be captured through words but through visual images which depict each living beings story. Birds themselves have thousands of different variations which I have tried to cover through these images. Their conservation is very important since they constitute the flora and fauna. Observing them creates an impact in our everyday life. - Rahil Fulara, The Heritage  School

Untitled, Rishit Sarkar, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Rishit Sarkar, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Rishit Sarkar, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Rishit Sarkar, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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A chance visit to the Sunderbans led to the discovery of a treasure trove. Being a lover of birds, I was fascinated by the plethora of feathered friends I discovered. Alongside them the appearance of a monitor lizard took my breath away. The fragile beauty of the butterflies as they feasted on the gorgeous flowers were exciting captures for me. The varied colour palette I stumbled upon has made me decide this is simply the first of many trips to come… -  Rishit Sarkar, Indus Valley World School

Untitled, Shiven Gupta, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Shiven Gupta, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Untitled, Shiven Gupta, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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There is co-evolutionary relationship between butterflies and plants, and their lives are interlinked. Butterflies also known as flying flowers are wild indicators of the ecosystem. They are effective pollinators and I find butterflies very interesting creatures that have many complex stages of life. I have tried to capture their beauty while they suck nectar or rest peacefully on a leaf.  - Shiven Gupta, The Heritage School

Peerless, Shubhang Mittal, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Exquisite, Shubhang Mittal, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Shubhang Mittal, Sri Sri Academy

Creatures and Creations, Suchetna Banerjee, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Habitat: A Threat, Suchetna Banerjee, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Unattended, Suchetna Banerjee, 2022, From the collection of: Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
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Suchetna Banerjee, Mahadevi Birla World Academy

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