BEHAVIOR OF ASIAN ELEPHANTS IN SRI LANKA

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Behavior of Asian Elephants in Sri Lanka.

Panel Discussion on Wildlife Richness of Sri Lanka

from Wildlife Conservation and Photographic perspectives.

This program is hosted by America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society in Los Angeles California, USA to promote and showcase the incredibly rich biodiversity of the pearl of Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, to the world. www.usacaaspas.com

Date:Saturday ,8th August 2020

Time: 7.30am to 8.30am Local Time in Los Angeles

8pm to 9pm Local Time in Sri Lanka

Panelist: Prithiviraj Fernando, MBBS, MSc, PhD

 

Dr. Fernando qualified as a medical doctor but decided not to practice medicine but to pursue a career in conservation biology. Subsequently he obtained a MSc and PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Oregon, USA. The title of his PhD thesis was ‘Genetics Ecology and Conservation of the Asian Elephant’. He pioneered genetic analysis of Asian elephants using their dung and initiated radio tracking of elephants in Sri Lanka. Upon completion of his PhD in 1999, he joined Columbia University New York, where he continued research on Asian elephants. During this time, he conducted a range-wide genetic evaluation of Asian elephants and established that the elephants in Borneo were not feral but a distinct subspecies. He also worked on the critically endangered Javan rhino and the African rhinos.

In 2004, he decided to return to Sri Lanka and set up the Centre for Conservation and Research of which he is the Chairman. The focus of CCR has been on conducting research and conversion of findings to policy and management to better mitigate the human-elephant conflict and conserve elephants.

He has conducted studies on elephants and provided advice on elephant management and human-elephant conflict mitigation for governments and conservation agencies in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Malaysia. In addition to publishing widely in scientific journals, he has conducted a review of human-elephant conflict mitigation methods in South Asia with WWF and is a member of Asian Elephant Specialist Group working group on producing guidelines for human-elephant conflict mitigation. He is currently authoring a guide to human-elephant conflict mitigation for the World Bank, for distribution in Asia and Africa. He has been a research associate of the Smithsonian Institution, USA since 2005 and a member of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group of the IUCN since 2000. He has supervised graduate students from Sri Lanka, India, USA and Japan. He currently serves on Doctoral students’ advisory committees in the University of Colombo and National Institute of Advanced Studies, India. He has received the Presidential award for scientific excellence in Sri Lanka and the Whitley award from HRH Princess Anne.

 

LESSON FROM NATURE

This is the Ninth online panel discussion hosted by America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society in Los Angeles, a member of the PSA – Photographic Society of America and FIAP – International Federation of Photographic Art. The objective of today’s panel is to share the expertise of prominent travel photographers whose outstanding work has been widely recognized.
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Date: Saturday 25th July 2020
Time:‪7.30am to 8.30am Local Time in Los Angeles
‪8pm to 9pm Local Time in Sri Lanka
 
Invited Panelists:
PRASAD HAPUARACHCHI
SANJAYA WARNASURIYA
 
Mr.Sanjaya Warnasuriya At the age of five, his father took his camera and placed it around his neck and with a smile said “now you look like a photographer”. From that moment on, Sanjaya fell in love with photography and observing nature through a lens. His love and passion for the media has taken him to many parts of the world to observe and document animal behavior in their habitats as well as interactions with humans. As a self taught photographer he has a keen interest in learning and sharing creative ideas with fellow photographers. A business developer by profession, Sanjaya holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
 
Mr.Prasad Hapuarachchi started his photographic journey when he was a school boy in 1989. He is a self-taught photographer and has mastered in Macro Photography apart from wildlife and nature. Prasad is a senior lecturer in National Association of Photographers and CameraLK Academy. He conducts many wildlife and nature photography workshops all over Sri Lanka organizing by Universities and photographic associations. And an active panel member in many photographic competitions helding in Sri Lanka. Prasad served the country as the Chairman of Tourist Board Western Province since 2016 to 2019. Currently he is the Country representative to Asian Wildlife photographers Club. By Profession he is a businessman and working as the Managing Director for two companies in Sri Lanka. Wildlife and nature photography is Prasad’s passion. He actively and voluntary working on Nature conservation projects and Wildlife conservation projects in Sri Lanka.

 

 

WONDER OF SRI LANKA'S MARINE ENVIRONMENT

Date: 18th July 2020   

Time: 7.30am to 9.00am Local Time in Los Angeles
8pm to 9.30pm Local Time in Sri Lanka

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This is the Eighth of a series of WEBINARs hosted by the America Sri Lanka Photographic Art Society (ASPAS) in Los Angeles, California USA, a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA), and International Federation of Photography Art (FIAP) based in France. The objective of the series is to promote environmental conservation in the context of nature photography and eco-tourism

PANELISTS:

Dr. Christopher Charles is a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He received his B.A. in palaeontology from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.A. and Ph.D. in geology from Columbia University. He was a NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and serves as editor-in-chief of the AGU journal Palaeoceanography. He has served as an advisor for the National Science Foundation Earth Systems History Program.

His research focuses on the geological record of recent climate change, and in the mechanisms of climate variability, forced and unforced. Along with former and current students in his group, he is helping to build a detailed record of the El Niño phenomenon extending through the last few millennia using fossil corals. This work has taken him to coral reefs throughout the tropical oceans, including Sri Lanka, where he developed a keen interest in the controls on sea level variability and coral reef vitality.

Dr. M. F. M. Fairoz is Dean, Faculty of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Ocean University of Sri Lanka. He is received his B.Sc. and M.Phil. from the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences Technology, University of Ruhuna. He has a PhD from the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Shizuoka University, Japan. He has followed courses on Coral Health Assessments at Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), Hawaii, and in Microbial Oceanography at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). In 2015 received a Global fellowship from Duke University Marine Laboratory in the United States and completed a summer course on Marine Conservation and Policy with Prof. Larry Crowder.

He has carried out extensive research on the coral population of Sri Lanka and Sseko Island in Okinawa, Japan; and he is presently carrying out pioneering research with Prof. Forest Rohmer on coral microbial ecology for the first time in the South Asian Region.

Dr. Nishan Perera is a marine biologist with an interest in coral reef ecology, fisheries, and marine protected area management. He is a co-founder of Blue Resources Trust, a Sri Lankan marine research and conservation organization, where he is conducting field research on coral reefs and reef-based fisheries. Nishan is also an underwater photographer and his work has been featured in Sri Lankan and international publications. He is also the co-founder and owner of Island Scuba. He has previously worked as the Senior Program Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) and has a MSc degree from the Eckerd College in Florida U.S.A.

Ms. Nesha Dushani (Moderator) is a lecturer in the Department of Fisheries and Marine Sciences at the Ocean University in Sri Lanka. She has a BSc (Hons) Degree from the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences of the University of Ruhuna, and a MSc from Tromso University in Norway.

 

PEOPLE IN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

This program is hosted by ASPAS – America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society in Los Angeles to share the knowledge of photographers worldwide on this week’s theme: “People in TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY” , www.usacaaspas.com 

America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society in Los Angeles is a member of PSA – Photographic Society of America and FIAP – International Federation of Photographic Art. This is the Seventh online panel discussion hosted by America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society.

PANELISTS:
Bandu Gunaratne
 Rahula Perera  and Suda Shanmugaraja
Date:Saturday 11th  July 2020

7.30am to 8.30am Local Time in Los Angeles

8pm to 9pm Local Time in Sri Lanka

Bandu Gunaratne is a senior Photo Artist of Sri Lanka who is a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society, the British Professional Photographers Associates, and an Excellence of the FIAP. He is a Life Member of the National Photographic Art Society of Sri Lanka and the Photographic Society of Sri Lanka. He is the Sri Lanka representative of Global Photographic Union and the Country Leader for Sri Lanka of Crossing Bridges Photographic Community.  He started his Creative Art Photography career in early eighties in the era of analog photography and has won numerous national and International awards. He has served as a member of the Jury at twenty International Photographic Salons patronage by PSA & FIAP and has participated in Photography related events in 15 countries. He was a member of State Advisory Board for Photography. He has served as the Director of Exhibitions of the National Photographic Art Society of Sri Lanka, and as Secretary of the Institute of Sri Lankan Photographers. He has also served as an Executive Committee member of Photographic Society of Sri Lanka. Presently Mr. Gunaratne is serving as a visiting lecturer of Photography at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and as a lecturer at the Sri Lanka College of Journalists, as well as the National Photographic Art Society of Sri Lanka.

Rahula Perera has over three decades of experience working in academic, private and development sectors as an ecologist, and as a nature-based tourism product developer. He has a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing. He also has a postgraduate diploma in biodiversity, tourism and environment management and a certificate in Wildlife Conservation and Management. Rahula Perera has over three decades of experience working in academic, private and development sectors as an ecologist, and as a nature-based tourism product developer. He has a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing. He also has a postgraduate diploma in biodiversity, tourism and environment management. Mr. Perera is a visiting lecturer at several universities in the fields of ecology, wildlife management and photography. He has been a member and a past president of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka affiliated to Birdlife International and the Federation of Environmental Organizations. He had been the Director of Education of the Photographic Art Society of Sri Lanka and in that capacity, he has trained many photographers in Sri Lanka. He has worked with several international organizations as a consultant. He is a certified Eco guide from Ecotourism Australia and an accredited Savannah Guide. Presently he is the Director, Planning and Interpretation at Aarunya Vacations, a boutique travel company, which promotes customized, small group tours to Sri Lanka’s wildlife and cultural sites and on photography.

Suda Shanmugaraja has been a documentary filmmaker and commercial photographer for over 25 years. He has produced multimedia content for a range of clients from Fortune-500 companies to international development agencies including UNDP, UN Habitat, UNICEF and ILO. His photographs have appeared in news media including the Sunday Times and Al-Jazeera, and his travel photography has been commissioned by Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.

Mr. Shanmugaraja is a specialist and consultant in the fields of Broadcast-IT and Audio-Visual Technologies. He is a long-time educator and a resource person for many organizations, and has lectured at multiple universities including the Kotelawela Defense University.

SRI LANKAN LEOPARD

PANELISTS:
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.

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AROUND THE WORLD

 

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH THE EYES OF PSA MEMBERS IN SRI LANKA

 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, www.usacaaspas.com. 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:/www.facebook.com/aspaslausa/ 

                    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 “

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UNTAMED WILDERNESS OF SRI LANKA

Art Photography Live From Los Angeles

 

 

“THE BEAUTY OF SRI LANKA 2020”

September 19-20th 2020

UPDATES

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

  • 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

“THE BEAUTY OF SRI LANKA 2019”

– 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

 

BEAUTY OF SRI LANKA 2019 AT UCLA

Bird Walk and Photography Field Workshop

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

ABOUT US

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.

President

Suriya Jayalath Perera

President

America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society

(Member of PSA, FIAP)

CONTACT

+1818 645 5726

Los Angeles, California