About the Photographer
Jyothy Karat is a documentary filmmaker and photographer, based out of Bangalore with over a decade of experience in the field. She is the recipient of the 2020 Explorer Grant for Storytelling from the National Geographic Society for Research and Exploration. In her work, she covers subjects related to ecological justice. Her documentary work includes stories about forest conservation, human-animal conflict, displacement of indigenous communities, water and air pollution in India. One of her most recent projects explores the human-elephant interactions in Kerala, India and the concerns that arise from the complexities of the management of captive elephants in the state. She is currently exploring the impact of climate change on indigenous communities in the Himalayas.
Jyothy's work documenting life in the Nilgiris Biosphere is part of UNESCO’s Global campaign to influence policymakers and global leaders to make green initiatives (here). Her work was exhibited at the UN headquarters in New York and in Geneva and at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Her photographs were also shown during the COP21 conference in France and subsequently in Morocco, Belgium, and Portugal. Jyothy’s latest exhibition about education transforming lives in the Nilgiris opened at the United Nations Headquarters in NewYork on July 1, 2019 (here). She regularly contributes documentary films to the broadcaster, CGTN. Visit her website (here) to know more about her work.