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Paws Trails International Wildlife Festival
The first full-fledged wildlife festival happening in Dubai, UAE

November 1 to 3, 2018
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Paws Trails International Wildlife Festival
12 international speakers sharing their experience and knowledge

November 1 to 3, 2018
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Paws Trails International Wildlife Festival
Launching an all new coffee table book on 101 species from the Arabian peninsula

November 1 to 3, 2018
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Paws Trails International Wildlife Festival
Felicitating two unsung heroes in photography and conservation

November 1 to 3, 2018
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Paws Trails International Wildlife Festival
Wildlife photography exhibition of 50 photographs by ace photographers

November 1 to 3, 2018
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Welcome to Paws Trails International Wildlife Festival 2018, our first full-fledged wildlife festival happening in Emirates Golf Club Dubai. Come November, UAE will see its most prestigious event of its kind open the doors to the public and the next three days will see internationally acclaimed photographers, conservationists and scientists coming down to share their experience and knowledge. These will be luminaries in their field and will be a rare and unique opportunity in Dubai to have them under the same roof. We are launching an all new coffee table book on 101 species from the Arabian peninsula.

There will be an area specific photography exhibition, showcasing 25 species from this part of the world. There will be another exhibition on international collection showcasing 25 images of animals in their habitat from around the world proclaiming the importance of habitat conservation. Our aim is to be the region’s premier voice of conservation and we hope and pray to the citizens of Dubai to make heartily participate and make this festival an important event of the city’s calendar. To our readers from around the world, Welcome to Dubai if you can make it. Mark your calendars for the first three days of November

GUESTS OF HONOUR

Bu-Abdullah Sami Alqaderi
United Arab Emirates

Bu-Abdullah Sami Alqaderi is from the UAE, who started with digital photography as a hobby in 2013. After experimenting with different genres of photography, he found his niche and now specializes in photographing birds in flight.

Dhritiman Mukherjee
India

Dhritiman Mukherjee is one of the most respected and loved nature photographers in India today. He is admired for his dedication, perseverance and hard work. Dhritiman spends around 300 days a year in the field.

Dr. Reza Khan
United Arab Emirates

UAE has accorded him his first award for natural history works, mainly for writing two books- Wild Cats of the UAE and Indigenous Trees of the UAE by conferring him the Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Bin Mohammed Award for Natural History and Biodiversity in 2001.

Fredrik Granath
Sweden

Fredrik Granath is a leading expert on fieldwork and production in the polar regions. Since 2001 he has been working around the Arctic on his own projects, and as a producer and adviser for other film and photographic projects in the Arctic, including work for Hollywood film studios and the National Geographic.

Gokul Manu
United Arab Emirates

Gokul is a young explorer and represents the Paws Trails  under 16 ‘Cubs’ Corner’ segment of wildlife enthusiasts. Gokul has experimented and explored different kinds of Photography  and he is passionate about nature photography.

Gurcharan Roopra
Kenya

Gurcharan Roopra was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. The serene environs of his native place left a lasting impact and he became attracted to nature and art at an early age.

Jainy Kuriakose
India

Jainy, who has a doctorate in Chemistry, took to bird watching about ten years ago and very soon to serious bird photography. Less than ten years of serious bird photography and she has photographed more than 1100 birds in India alone. Needless to say, her lens catches other forms of life too, she has photographed more than 50 species of Indian mammals.

Jennifer Croes
Australia

Jennifer Croes aka “JungleJenn” is a rare and endangered species; a Conservation Scientist and business professional, who has successfully transitioned and reinvented herself to blend her extensive business strategy and management skills with conservation science.

Melissa Schäfer
Sweden

From her early childhood days in Hamburg, Germany, Melissa has viewed the world through her camera lens. With a background in creative and portrait photography she has always had a unique eye for the surroundings. A deep love for the Arctic and polar bears as well as a strong commitment to nature and the environment is a foundation for all her work.

Molly Ferrill
United States of America

Molly Ferrill is a photographer, filmmaker, and correspondent dedicated to documenting the changing relationship between people and nature. Often collaborating with forest rangers, conservation biologists, wildlife crime investigators, government officials, and local communities in the field, she strives to spread compassion and a greater appreciation of wildlife and the natural world through storytelling.

Peter Hudson
United States of America

Dr. Peter Hudson is a Biologist at Penn State interested in both conservation and the control of emerging infectious diseases that spillover from wildlife into humans. He also tries to use his photography to illustrate the conservation issues with wildlife and has taken photographs since he was 11 years of age. 

Rob Gubiani
Australia

Australian photographer Rob Gubiani has travelled extensively and spent more than 10 years overseas. He developed his passion for photography while travelling and ultimately found his voice in wildlife and landscape photography. Rob's creativity, personal values and identity shine through his work.

Shaji Mohammed
United Arab Emirates

For Shaji, wildlife photography is not just a passion, it's more like the very essence of his existence. Something that started off way back in 1999 as a casual tryst with photography, clicking landscape and street pictures in his first SLR camera, is today his driving force.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

TIME

ACTIVITY

 

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

A journey with the birds - by Jainy Kuriakose

Having photographed 1100 species of birds from India alone, Jainy will deliver a masterclass on bird photography, women in photography and conservation.

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

The Melting Poles - by Fredrik Granath & Melissa Schäfer

An eye-opening session on conservation issues in the polar regions, threats posed by melting glaciers, polar bears and photography in the arctic by the two experts of this region.

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Connecting with nature through photography – by Gokul Manu

Gokul Manu, our young explorer, shares his experience on how photography took him more closer to nature. Cubs’ corner – the under 16 segment of PawsTrails.

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Flight mode - by Bu-Abdullah (Birds in action)

Bu-Abdullah specializes in photographing birds in flight. Being the Emirati master on the subject, his talk covers the intricacies of capturing birds in action.

06:00 pm - 07:00 pm

06:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Desert Tales: A Conservation Story - by Rob Gubiani

Rob is a terrestrial ecologist and wildlife photographer and his talk chronicles his conservation activities in the desert.

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Become a Conservationist Photographer - Panel discussion

Panel discussion by Molly Ferrill, Fredrik Granath, Dhritiman Mukherjee, Rob Gubiani, Dr.Peter Hudson, Shaji Mohammed

TIME

ACTIVITY

 

10:00 am - 11:00 am

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wildlife photography : a tool for conservation - by Dr. Reza Khan

Dr. Reza Khan an ornithologist and expert photographer from the UAE, shares his experiences of turning photography into a tool for conservation.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

To the ends of the earth - with Shaji Mohammed

Shaji Mohammed shares his experiences of journeying to the ends of the world and photographing in different regions.

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Interactive session - with Dhritiman Mukherjee

With one of India’s most respected and loved nature photographers on nature, wildlife photography, underwater photography, contributing towards conservation and much more…

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Lunch Break

One hour lunch break

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Importance of conservation - by Dr. Peter Hudson

Dr. Peter Hudson, noted biologist, scientist, renowned photographer and conservationist, uses his photography to illustrate conservation issues for wildlife. Peter talks about the importance of conservation.

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Life in the bushes by Gurcharan Roopra

Gurcharan Roopra is one of the best known wildlife photographers in Africa. He talks about Ethical approaches in wildlife photography and respecting the boundaries of wildlife.

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Crushing illegal ivory - by Molly Ferrill

Documentary screening and interactive session on a crushing victory over the ivory trade. Molly talks about using the power of images to change consumer behavior, thereby letting wildlife remain in the wild.

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Future of wildlife - Panel discussion

Panel discussion by Melissa Schäfer, Jainy Kuriakose, Dhritiman Mukherjee, Gurcharan Rupra, Dr.Peter Hudson, Shaji Mohammed, Jennifer Croes

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