H.N. Allama Prabhu B.Sc (Agri)

FRPS, AFIAP, AAPS, AIIPC, ASIIPC, PSA 5 Star Exhibitor (ND), Hon.YPS, Recipient of Karnataka Rajyotsava Award

Shri. H.N. Allama Prabhu is a B.Sc. Agriculture graduate and has obtained many honors in the field of photography owing to his exceptional photographic works spanning over 5 decades.

He is undoubtedly one of the stalwarts of India’s outstanding nature photographers. A soft spoken and humble personality known for his excellent nature and wildlife photo works. He has been interested in photography since his college days. His agricultural science degree was instrumental in bringing him closer to nature, this passion eventually made him to take up photography as a full time profession. Awards at university level and inter – collegiate photo competition boosted his interest in photography. At the age of 21 he became a serious salon exhibitor winning accolades for his exemplary wildlife works.

Few of the accolades achieved over the years

  • The International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) awarded him the AFIAP distinction in 1983.
  • The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain awarded the ARPS, “Associate” distinction in 1984. It was followed by the coveted and most prestigious distinction in the world with the FRPS, “Fellowship” in 1985.
  • The Australian Photographic Society (APS) conferred him with the AAPS, “Associate” distinction in 1985.
  • The Photographic Society of America (PSA), USA has rated him as a 5 Star Exhibitor in Nature Division.
  • In PSA’s Who’s who, he was placed fourth for four years in a row and was also in the top 10 for over seven years, which is an unique accomplishment and a record by an Indian till date. Owing to this achievement, he was invited to submit photographs to PSA’s permanent collection.
  • He was conferred AIIPC from India International Photographic Council, New Delhi in 1985 and was followed with ASIIPC in 1987 for his meritorious services rendered in photography.
  • He was bestowed the highly honored Karnataka State Rajyothsava award in 1989 by the Karnataka State Government.
  • Recipient of the Chaaya Chitra Ratna award in 1990 from Aradhya Maha Sabha®, Mysore.
  • He was conferred Chaaya Vishishta award by Prakruthi creations in 2011.
  • He was honored with Lifetime achievement award at Photo Today 2015 by Image and Multimedia Academy Trust, Bangalore.
  • Karnataka Photographers Association® in Bangalore bestowed him with Chaaya Bhushan award in 2015 for his dedicated services in the field of photography for over 45 years.
  • Youth Photographic Society®, Bangalore conferred the Hon.YPS  distinction in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the art of photography on world photography day in 2017.
  • He was the Chairman of Nature division of IIPC and served for a period of 10 years.
  • Dooradarshan, a national TV network covered his life events and achievements on-air. He contributed his wildlife works to their permanent collection.
  • He has contributed many photographs and rendered photographic services to the Karnataka Forest Department.
  • An International edition of a book on Hoysala temples exclusively featured his photos was also published.

He has to his credit over 96 awards and certificates of merit along with 760 acceptances in international salons. He has over 385 awards and certificates of merit along with 1250 acceptances in national salons.

A pioneer in organizing wildlife workshops since 80’s to educate people in conservation of forests and wildlife. He conducted numerous wildlife workshops which attracted many enthusiasts from all over India. He has been on the panel of jury for many national and international salons.

Besides his personal achievements in photography, he has been a provider of quality services in processing of films, digital images, digital photo prints, archival fine art prints and related services for photographers globally.