Nayan Khanolkar

MGM photography mgm university

Nayan Khanolkar

Visiting Faculty


Nayan Khanolkar is an avid nature photographer, who has been traveling the length and breadth of India to document Indian wildlife for over a decade and a half. A teacher of Biology by profession supplements his understanding of flora and fauna and animal behavior during his photography assignments. He has an acclaimed career of more than ten years in Bird photography followed by an opportunity to work on documenting big cats in urban areas. For last two years he has exclusively focused on Urban Leopards and is consistently striving through his photography to raise awareness on conservation of India’s rich wildlife heritage and sensitize people regarding animal behavior.



  • BBC wildlife photographer of the year 2016 winner Urban category
  • Big Picture award 2016
  • World press award 2017
  • Terra sauvage award 2017
  • DJ memorial award 2019