Outlook Traveller photographs and an apology

In the last two months of the Outlook Traveller magazine, my photographs have appeared on the cover and in the cover stories. Its really nice to see the photos in Outlook magazine and Geo as their layout design is good and the printing quality is excellent.

This month’s cover story is about Kalakad-Mundanthural Tiger Reserve. I just saw the preview of it and it looks amazing. The prints of the photos have come out really well. Do go out and pick up your copy from the stores now. Below is the cover of this month’s issue.

Outlook Traveller Oct 2009 Cover

You might be wondering now–this image looks familiar. Well it sure is, as I have posted this before and this was photographed in BR hills. This is where the magazine goofed up. Normally its impossible to always get all the photographs from the same location.. and sometimes publishers mix photos from other locations. This is fine too as most photos are from BR hills and Anamalais which in some way share many of the species with this forest. But instead of saying “A leopard in the forests, a common predator of KMTR”, they said “A leopard photographed in KMTR” which it is not.

I did not get the proof before it went for print, so I did not realise it would come out this way. As I said, though the article is about KMTR, most of the photos are from Anamalais or BR hills and I’m really sorry for misleading people about KMTR. KMTR itself is a wonderful forest and maybe one of the few least-touched places in the Western Ghats, and all these species are found there too, however they are extremely difficult to sight and photographing them there is a really tough job because of the dense forest canopy and therefore the low-light conditions, as well as the steeply sloping terrain.

The main page of the cover story on KMTR

The above photograph was taken in Anamalais too, but they have mentioned KMTR here as well. I again really apologise for misinformation like this. I will try my best to make sure the publishers get it right in all the future work.

Last month’s photo story was about the long trek that we did two years ago to Gandhigram through the Namdapha Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. You can read the full article by clicking on the image below.

Outlook Traveller article on Namdapha expedition


  1. Anush Shetty · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Awesome stuff.. nice to hear.

    I think the mess up with photographs happens very often to a lot of people.

  2. Shreyas · October 8, 2009 Reply

    The cover looks awesome dude. Great work.

  3. Suma · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Kalyan, your photographs are published all over 🙂 So many collections and many places. May be they just want to use the best to make their Outlook look best 🙂

  4. Jayanth Sharma · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Congratulations Kalyan, I think most sensible wildlifers dont mind this error. As far as the species in question exists in the park, this is ignorable.

    I know many publishers who use Rhinos of Kazi in articles of Manas, Tigers of Kanha, in Bandhavgarh Book, Harsha’s leopard from Pench on Bandhavgarh Book. So its understandable. But yea it might make a slight difference if they say “This shot was taken in…” while it was not. But am sure it is quite okay.

  5. Gowtham · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Congratulations dude 🙂

  6. Sharath · October 8, 2009 Reply


  7. Sid · October 8, 2009 Reply

    That is wonderful. Beautiful photos, Kallu.

  8. Pramod Viswanath · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Awesome stuff. Great going and congratulations!

  9. Karthik · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Lovely photo Guru…you didn’t put this up for the ‘spots’ theme in facebook contest! 🙂

  10. Shwetha Maiya · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Wonderful work. . Awesome pics and btw can I know which cam u use usually?

  11. Goutham · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Awesome stuff kalyan.

  12. sreelu · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Excellent work kalyan, pictures and cover looks outstanding

  13. Deepak · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Just one word.. WOW!!

  14. Charles Haynes · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Great work, and good for you for maintaining standards. It *does* matter.

  15. amoghavarsha · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Good stuff dude, it’s good that you mentioned the mix-up on blog. Blogs always help in these scenarios :), though the error is minor.

  16. Viswaprasad Raju · October 8, 2009 Reply


    the pics look awesome. grt going.

    viswaprasad raju

  17. Aseem Sood · October 8, 2009 Reply

    congratulations… great work again!!!

  18. Radha · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Hey Kalyan! Nice to see this leopard picture make it to the cover photograph 🙂 And of course, the hornbill from Seen God!
    Looking forward to more..

  19. Lakshman Rammohan · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Dear Kalyan,

    Many publishers do these type of goof-ups, without realising the importance!!

    In any case, this cannot detract from your class photos.They’re fantastic.

    The one of the leapard in BR Hills, is really arresting.

    The Hornbill long shot in Anamalais is also a beautiful one too.

  20. Rahul Sachdev · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Just got my copy of the magazine.
    Beautiful cover story Kalyan.

  21. Gopinath Raghava · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Congrats Kalyan.. 🙂

  22. Rajasekar · October 8, 2009 Reply

    Great ! Congrats kalyan !

  23. Gopinath · October 9, 2009 Reply

    Hi Kalyan,


  24. Dilip · October 9, 2009 Reply


    Fantastic going but now we expect this as a given. There is no point in aplogising for the magazine’s goofing – that again is the norm. I have never seen any magazine do any crosschecks to see that what they print is right. There is no accountability whatsoever in media

  25. Krishnan · October 9, 2009 Reply

    Congrats Kalyan. I saw this last Saturday while shopping and thought the cover image rang a bell and when I checked sure enough it was your shot. Nice writeup and pics too. Hope to see more.

  26. Partha · October 10, 2009 Reply

    Too cool dude, too cool

  27. Govind · October 13, 2009 Reply

    Ha! The photos are so delightful. KMTR is a lovely forest but not sure how long it will be. Mundanthurai is pillaged by pilgrims each year in Jul/Aug. I will sure pick up a copy of this issue. Keem them coming!

  28. Roma · October 14, 2009 Reply

    Awesome work Kalyan! Will get my copy soon.

  29. Raghu · October 14, 2009 Reply

    I purchased a copy of this magazine and immediately recognised the photos, even before I saw the credits. Good prints and looks nice overall

  30. shivani · October 15, 2009 Reply

    Amazing photos.. congrats!

  31. punati sridhar · October 18, 2009 Reply

    Good ones Kalyan . All my appreciations.

  32. Viswanadha Raju Vegesna · October 20, 2009 Reply

    Last night only i read that article in Outlook as i found that photgraphy is from KVarma.
    Really amazing. Like ur candidness too…

  33. Jag · October 21, 2009 Reply

    Congrats Kalyan…

    Hope to see more of ur work..

  34. samsoncj · October 27, 2009 Reply

    Congratulations Kalyan!
    i felt the sane when i got my copy ” the image looked familiar”

  35. Thangamani.N · October 30, 2009 Reply

    Hi Kalyan:

    I bought this issue without knowing your contribution. It was a nice surprise.
    Congratulations. The cover photo is awesome!

  36. Sameer · November 5, 2009 Reply

    Wonderful Kalyan! I remember the cover page 🙂 Waiting for more!

  37. Ankit Sood · November 14, 2009 Reply

    Dear Kalyan,

    I must welcome you to one of the most beautiful locations in the Himalayas…..the Great Himalayan National Park. With your camera you could do justice to this place. Moreover the western tragopan ….king of birds have never been shot in the wild.



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