Balan Madhavan is the only Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers ( and one of the two from the whole of Asia in this elite group of 60 nature photographers of the world in which almost every one is a National Geographic contributing photographer. Balan is also an UN award winner in nature photography. He divides his time between his commercial assignments for the travel industry and his passion which is nature & wildlife photography. A dedicated teacher, Balan Madhavan has conducted hundreds of photography workshops and photo tours for both the aspiring amateur as well as the experienced professional photographer.

Career Highlights
  • UN Award in Nature Photography 1992 ā€“ won the Kiezo Yamaji(Canon President Prize) Prize in the Canon-UNEP International Photo Contest organized during the first Earth Summit, 1992. Image was selected from 34,000 entries worldwide.
  • More than 150 awards / certificates in various national photo contests.
  • Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, UK ā€“ the first Malayalee to win this prestigious honor. 1994
  • Artiste, federation internationale dā€™ L art photographique (AFIAP) from UNESCO photographic body the FIAP. 1994
  • Member, Advisory Panel, Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board) from 1997 to 2002.
  • Jury, first State Award for photography & first lalitkala academy photography awards.
  • A regular jury member for the photo contest organized by Kerala Forest Dept during the wildlife week celebrations.
  • Top travel photographer of India with many award-winning campaigns of Kerala Tourism and Karnataka Tourism.
  • Official Trainer for Canon photographic equipments in India since 2009.
  • Invited to join the International League of Conservation Photographers ( in 2008 as an Associate. The First Indian to be admitted.
  • Elevated to the status of Fellow of ILCP in 2009, one of the two photographers from the whole of Asia admitted to this prestigious world body where 55 of the 60 Fellows are National Geographic veterans.
  • Have done field assignments in Europe, USA, Mexico, South Africa, Kenya, UAE, Qatar, Malaysia, Singapore etc.
  • Conducted solo photo exhibition in Spain during the 3rd Mountain Ungulates Conference of the IUCN in 2002.
  • Have published the best-rated coffee-table book on Kerala, 2004.
  • Exhibited all over the world.
  • First Indian selected for the Skoda Yeti Right of Way Expedition by National Geographic Channel. 2010.
  • The most sought after photography trainer in South India. Have conducted more than 100 photography workshops in different parts of the country.
  • Regularly leads photography tours to various locations in and outside India.