Merlin Sets the Tone of Holi with a Live Nature Photography Contest

Merlin Green Frames – a unique, live nature photography contest in Kolkata by Merlin Group brought in a lot of uproar in the huge photography fraternity of the city as it is introduced for the first time in the history of the photo journey that ignites awareness drive to sensitize environmental conservation.

In an effort to create an awareness about the harmonious co-existence of humans and nature, Merlin Group , a leading real estate conglomerate in India has embarked on  an interesting initiative in the field of Nature Photography in Kolkata. Christened as “Merlin Green Frames”, this initiative is a Live Nature Photography Contest in Kolkata.  The initiative aims at harnessing the power of storytelling through photography to bring people closer to their natural environment and encourage them to work towards its conservation. Photographers will be delighted to capture a wide variety of flora and fauna at the verdant expanse of Merlin Greens that include Ibiza the Fern Resort & Spa and Aquaville on Diamond Harbour Road, near IIM Joka.

Mr. Milan Kanti Mandal, Divisional Forest Officer, South 24 Parganas , Mrs Bonani Kakkar, Mr. Pradeep Kakkar, Environmentalists and environmental conservationist, Mr. Pranab Basu an award winning nature photographer, and  Mr. Sushil Mohta, Chairman, Merlin  Group unveiled the logo of the event. Mr. Badsha Moitra, a reputed actor and a passionate nature photographer vouched for the cause through his message. Mr. Pubarun Basu, a young prodigy in photography, a research scholar on ethnic groups of India and the Ganges was present at the launch. Pubarun Basu and Ms Bishakha Datta , will  be the mentors and  judges of  the contest.

Mr. Sushil Mohta, Chairman, Merlin Group said , We have earlier undertaken integrated waste management project and creating bird’s habitat through workshop as part of our CSR initiatives. Nature photography is a step ahead in this direction. Photography allows us to experience the world in its purest form. Hence we decided to take this initiative which can assume the form of an awareness campaign if truly supported by all sections of the society.

The contest will be held on 11th and 12th March at the verdant expanse of Merlin Greens-   Aquaville and Ibiza the Fern Resort & Spa, Kolkata.  Actor Badsha Moitra, a passionate photographer by choice, will grace the formal inauguration of the contest on March 11, 2023 at Aquaville located adjacent to Merlin Ibiza the  on Diamond Harbour Road.

In addition to the photography contest, Sony India will also conduct interactive workshops to help photographers learn new techniques and tips to improve their craft. The workshop will be anchored by the award winning photographer Mr Pubarun Basu who has professional Experience. He also works with national geographic. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from expert photographers from Sony and Pubarun Basu, ask questions, and improve their skills.

The photography contest is open to all skill levels and genres of photography, with the holistic theme being capturing the beauty of nature. There are 5 categories in this contest-

  • 1. Landscape: Co-existence of man and nature
  • 2. Macro: The minute beauty of nature
  • 3. Birds: Their habits and habitats
  • 4. Flora & Fauna
  • 5. Life in Action

Participants will need to capture and aesthetically depict the nature and lives in their pristine  forms. Camouflage tents will be also there to aid photographers click birds and other species.

Judges Pubarun Basu, an award winning photographer and and Bishakha Dutta will mentor the contestants and guide. They will evaluate and adjudge winners. 

The initiative will culminate in a gala award ceremony where eminent personalities from different fields will grace. The top 10 winners will receive cash award with green frames grand trophies, gratification from Ibiza the fern resort & spa and Princeton Club. Winners will be also awarded by Sony Corporation. The prizes will be presented at an exclusive award ceremony at a prestigious venue, where the winning photographs would also be exhibited in the presence of many eminent personalities. A coffee table book will be curated out of this which will include selected photographs and will be disseminated to people.

Important Info:

Last date of Registration:  9th March, 2023.

Submit Your Entry through:

Interested participants can register through and Cell No.- 8337044587


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