Shoot for Science

INK Fellows Anand Varma and Prasenjeet Yadav worked together to create Shoot for Science, an intensive eight-day workshop, for early career Indian science practitioners including Research Fellows, Ph.D. students and Post-Doc Fellows who are studying biology and are keen to learn how to communicate science using photographs. The workshop was held between February 19th and 27th, 2017 at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore. In this workshop, the participants were introduced to both technical and conceptual elements of science photography.

Goals for the workshop:

  • Empower emerging scientists to communicate their work using basic and advanced photography skills with an emphasis on macro subjects and controlled lighting techniques.
  • Demonstrate the core concepts of science storytelling such as distilling complex ideas and engaging with the audience
  • Inspire students to think beyond the academic world and understand the value of communicating science to the public

The workshop demanded active and committed participation. It included engaging with scientists, researching photo stories, and extensive photography. The workshop was a series of full-day events for the duration of the course and a group of 16 participants were selected and provided with accommodation, food & equipment necessary for the duration of the program.

Prasenjeet’s and Anand’s goal is to create and nurture a group of scientist-photographers in India who, through their images, can inspire the public to care about science. The idea is to teach scientists to be more “visually literate” and empower them to more effectively communicate their work. In the long term, they hope to serve as a platform for effective science communication, through photographs and science-based stories, which are open and accessible to all.