Rukshan Jayewardene and Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
Date:Saturday 4 July 2020
Time:Sri Lanka 8.00pm | UK 3.30pm. | USA PDT 7.30am
This program is the 6th virtual zoom panel discussion hosted by America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society in Los Angeles California, USA Member of Photographic Society of America (PSA) and The International Federation of Photography of Art in France(FIAP) to showcase the beauty of Sri Lanka’s fauna and flora. This week’s program will feature the Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya), a subspecies native to Sri Lanka, classified as an endangered species by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (ICUN).
Mr. Rukshan Jayewardene has an MPhil in South Asian Archaeology from the University of Cambridge with 14 years of field experience in the Sri Lankan early historic period. For the past 25 years he has been a wildlife photographer, writer on wildlife related topics and a popularizer of Sri Lanka’s amazing biodiversity. He has intensively studied the Sri Lankan leopard in the wild and through that exposure been inspired to work for its long term conservation. His involvement with five( non-profit) conservation/environmental NGO’s over a twenty year period, with broadly common goals and like minded individuals, has resulted in both success and failure. He continues to fight for avoidable, biodiversity loss, in order to conserve the common heritage of all Sri Lankans. He sees the current decade, starting with 2020 being a deciding decade for the Sri Lankan leopards both in and outside legally Protected Areas, together with a host of other animals on land that are co-dependent.
Mr. Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne is amongst a handful of field naturalists in the world who have written and photographed field guides spanning terrestrial mammals, marine mammals, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, wildflowers, and trees. He is a passionate naturalist who through 15 books and numerous articles has drawn attention to the richness of Sri Lanka’s wildlife. In the words of British author and television presenter on wildlife, Bill Oddie, no single individual has done so much to raise the profile of a country’s wildlife scene. He is on the council of the London Natural History Society and He is on the council of the London Natural History Society and is the Chair of the London Bird Club.




 This program is hosted by America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society in Los Angeles to promote and showcase the incredibly rich biodiversity of the pearl of Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, to the world. Annually America Sri Lanka Photography Art Society held a Photography Exhibition to promote Sri Lanka called “The Beauty of Sri Lanka” in University of Los Angeles (UCLA) California. But this year we are not able to hold the Beauty of Sri Lanka Photography exhibition due to the pandemic. So, the president of America Sri Lanka Photography Art Society decided to promote Sri Lanka via online discussion with a group of people who are well known about the nature, wildlife, history of Sri Lanka every Saturday morning in Los Angeles time. This is the second virtual panel discussion hosted by America Sri Lanka Photography Art Society.=This program is hosted by ASPAS – America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society in Los Angeles to share the knowledge of travel photography through the eyes of PSA members in Sri Lanka, America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society in Los Angeles is also a member of PSA – Photographic Society of America and FIAP – International Federation of Photographic Art.This is the Third online panel discussion hosted by America Sri Lankan Photographic Art SocietyYou can join Live https:/ 

                    Invited Panelists:

                                 Dr. Vickum Senanayake (EFIAP, FNPAS, LPSS, QPSA, Hon.FSAP)                                                       Travel / Nature & Wildlife PhotographerVickum Senanayake, a senior ICT business professional in the corporate world took up to serious photography in 2012. Over a short period of a year, he managed to challenge the status quo, being a stimulant to the industry and taking part in international competitions of photography around the globe, during the period of 2012-2016.His crowning glory in the field has been the receiving of “Excellence” FIAP (EFIAP) from the Federation International de l’Art Photographique (FIAP), considered the world’s governing body of photography, among other global Distinctions received for photographic achievements.He is a Life Member of the National Photographic Art Society of Sri Lanka (NPASSL) of which he holds the Fellowship Distinction (FNPAS) and the Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS). He has served as the Country Membership Director since 2014, and the Country Liaison Officer since 2017, of the Photographic Society of America (PSA), in Sri Lanka.

Hiranthi De Silva
Hiranthi’s interest in wildlife and nature developed at a very young age having traveled with family to many wildlife parks in Sri Lanka with special love for Yala. Having observed the behavior of animals she gradually started capturing them on camera, initially with a point and shoot which later developed into more advanced gear. She loves to travel the world to photograph the many wonders of wildlife and nature. Her latest adventure was a photographic tour to Iceland where she was amazed by its many beautiful landscapes.She is a banker by profession and uses the love for photography to escape from the stresses of her professional life. She was the first lady president of the Photographic Society of Sri Lankan having served as its President in the year 2016/17

Pandula Bandara MPSA
Star Ratings Director PTD PSA
Exhibition Standard Director – Region 17(Sri Lanka) He is a holder of MBA(International)Master of Business Administration from Edith Cowan University Australia. Managing Director of Theme Brand Solutions (Pvt) Ltd. In photography he is the fastest person in the world to reach 1000 awards in less than two years. As at now he has 1300 awards including 325 gold medals + 10,000 Acceptances.He holds 47 distinctions from 16 Countries “



Art Photography Live From Los Angeles




September 19-20th 2020



  • Nature’s Magnificent Eye Photography Exhibition on September 15th and 16th 2018 in Rosemead, California
  • Bird walk and photography workshop for beginners on November 23rd 2018 in Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve Los Angeles
  • Buddhist Awakened Island Photography Exhibition on February 28th  2019 in Los Angeles
  • Recolor Sri Lanka Photography Exhibition July 20th 2019 in Pasadena City Hall Square
  • The Beauty of Sri Lanka Photography Exhibition on September 21st 2019 in UCLA Los Angeles
  • Bird Walk and Photography Workshop on November 9th 2019 in Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve Los Angeles


– An Exhibition of Photography worth a Thousand Words

The America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society, a Member of the Photographic Society of America(PSA), in association with the Consulate General Office of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles, held an exhibition of Photography, at the University of California in Los Angeles(UCLA), titled ‘The Beauty of Sri Lanka’, on 21st September 2019.

The exhibition was ceremoniously opened, by Mrs. Swarna Gunaratna, Hon. Consul General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles and Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, Founder President of the Sri Lanka Foundation in U.S.A., and was well attended by a large number of visitors, who were appreciative of the efforts of the organizers as well as the participating photographers

Bird walk 11-24-2018



Bird Walk and Photography Field Workshop

Nature’s Magnificent Eye University of the West Los Angeles USA 2018


America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society was established in 2018 in Los Angeles to promote nature photography. Our mission is to impart Knowledge and information in the field of nature photography. We carry out our mission by holding an annual photography exhibition and organising photography workshops. The society pays particular importance to nurturing the interest of young students in the art of nature photography by organising programs such as the annual fall bird walk where they are given a training to hone their skills.


Suriya Jayalath Perera


America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society

(Member of PSA, FIAP)


+1818 645 5726

Los Angeles, California