Santosh Shanmuga

Hello! I am an award-winning freelance nature photographer based in the Washington D.C. area.

I have been fascinated with the natural world ever since I was a child. The huge amount of diversity of life on this planet astounded me and I strove to learn as much about it as I could. I spent countless hours outdoors observing bugs, snakes, and birds while reading every single book on the animal kingdom that the local library had. An interest had turned into a obsession.

In college, I developed a passion for photography and a yearning to do something meaningful with it. I realized how disconnected we as a human race were from the natural world, and I thought that by combining photography and my love of wildlife, I could try and showcase what many people were missing out on. I hope my images can captivate people with the beauty of life on this planet, and in the process educate and inspire them to do something to protect all the world's species.

If you have questions about licensing of images, purchasing prints, other inquiries/services, or just want to say hi, please do not hesitate to contact me via email:

Until then!