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Ace shutterbug to train SGNP officials in the art of 'capture'

Wildlife photographer Steve Winter is set to give a detailed presentation on better installation of camera traps inside Borivli national park; 40 forest officials are expected to participate in Monday's seminar

Do not be surprised if forest officials at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park begin capturing stunning images of the sanctuary’s wild dwellers.

SGNP officials believe Winter’s seminar will teach them how to set up camera traps properly and help document wildlife inside the sanctuary better
SGNP officials believe Winter’s seminar will teach them how to set up camera traps properly and help document wildlife inside the sanctuary better

Top wildlife photographer Steve Winter will soon give them a presentation on how to better install camera traps inside the national park. The one-day seminar is scheduled for Monday.

Director and Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Vikas Gupta said, “Steve Winter will be teaching our staff how to use camera traps to get wonderful images of wild animals. He is an expert in setting camera traps.”

About 40 Forest Department officials from SGNP and Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, including the Assistant Conservator of Forests, Range Forest Officer and Forest Guard, will be participating in the seminar. Winter is in Mumbai to photograph and videograph leopards in the SGNP.

“Steve is fascinated by the leopards of SGNP. During our recent meeting he expressed his desire to document leopards for a National Geographic project. We hope his project portrays SGNP leopards in a positive manner,” Gupta said.

Installation of camera traps is part of the project, which the forest authorities want to initiate inside the park to study animal behaviour. The participants are looking forward to attend the seminar to learn from the master photographer. They believe that Winter’s seminar will help them set up camera traps better.

Learning from the master
Steve Winter is an award-winning wildlife photojournalist associated with the National Geographic magazine.

In November 2013, the magazine published Steve’s photography book Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Cat, with text by Sharon Guynup.

The book was co-sponsored by Panthera, a world leader in big cat conservation.

What is a camera trap?
>> It consists of three basic parts: a camera, a heat/motion sensor and power supply 
>> It is a box about a foot tall, six inches wide, and two inches thick 
>> It is mounted on a tree, facing outward, and observes the surrounding forest from its perch 
>> The electronic eye looks for heat in motion. When an animal passes in front of the trap, the camera detects its movement and body heat, and quietly snaps a photograph 
>> The equipment is also capable of shooting minute-long videos

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