Prithvi Ratna Award 2011
The much-esteemed Prithvi Ratna Award is given to an individual for exemplary work in the field of environment throughout his/her career and being able to effect changes in perceptions and policies via the work. The award was initiated in 2003 by CMS and was endorsed by UNEP from 2003 -2009. The award has been conferred to eminent filmmakers Mike Pandey, Naresh Bedi, Shekar Dattatri and Krishnendu Bose. The Prithvi Ratna Award 2011 goes to renowned wildlife filmmaker Ashish Chandola. This award has been conferred on Ashish "for his profound efforts in documenting the rich diversity of species and habitats in the country, providing a fillip to conservation efforts, significantly enhancing knowledge and information on environment and wildlife issues". The Award carries a Trophy, Citation and a Cash Prize of Rs 1, 50,000/-. Her Excellency Ms Ann Ollestad, Norwegian Ambassador presented the award to Mr Chandola.
After receiving the award Chandola said: "Over the years it has been great fun and deep satisfaction inside. However, the greatest satisfaction for a filmmaker is that the film would be seen by people, who might have never got this opportunity"
Bangalore based Ashish Chandola is a freelance, independent natural history and wildlife Director Cameraman with over 30 years of experience. Worked extensively for International Television and also produced films for Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, various State Forest Departments and NGOs involved in wildlife conservation. Also compiled and edited a book in association with TNA Perumal & Shanthi Chandola titled 'Eye in the Jungle' in appreciation of the photographic work and writings of India's pioneering naturalist writer and photographer, the late Mr. M. Krishnan. His famous documentaries have been 'Elephant Days & Nights', 'A Dogged Problem', 'The Corbett Pledge' and 'Tiger Haven'.