Shaaz is a professional wildlife photographer and cinematographer. He is the Ambassador for Nikon, Manfrotto, Lowepro & Samsung and represents several reputed brands across the world. His work in the world of wildlife and conservation has gained international recognition and his photographs have been published in Nat Geo articles and on the covers of the National Geographic Magazine in Europe. Shaaz specialises in documenting big cats, primarily leopards, and his passion for melanistic leopards led him to being the 'Director of Photography' for a National Geographic feature film called ‘The Real Black Panther’.
Shaaz’s artistic approach creates a unique blend of photography interwoven with his poetic style of writing. He uses powerful imagery to evoke emotion in the hope that it creates awareness and inspires the world. His photographs, a genre he created known as ‘Environmental Surrealism’, are displayed, and sold at prestigious galleries across the world.
Shaaz runs eco-friendly wildlife lodges in South India and East Africa and uses eco-tourism as a tool for conservation. The Bison Resort, a family run property in Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, South India, is a luxury tented camp where Shaaz began his journey as a photographer and guide. As the camps expanded into East Africa, Shaaz has spent the last decade leading exciting expeditions into Kenya and Tanzania.
The Buffer Conflict Resolution Trust of India, founded by Shaaz’s family, aims to provide vocational training and education to the locals that live around forested areas in South India. The trust also runs a rehabilitation centre called The Backwater Sanctuary that focuses on animal welfare for abandoned and abused equines and dogs.
Shaaz’s photographs were recently published in the prestigious National Geographic Magazine; a beautiful twelve page spread covering his work in South India. His photos also adorned the covers of the National Geographic Magazine across Europe. Shaaz’s close affiliation with Nat Geo began in 2017, when he embarked on a three year project as the ‘Director of Photography’ for a feature film.