About Rakesh Rao
A Photographer/ Filmmaker and a science enthusiast who specializes in documenting scientific expeditions and research activities. He extensively uses the medium of Photography and Films to communicate science. He has been involved in several projects and expeditions and his work has taken him to all three Cryospheric polar regions ( Arctic, Antarctic, and the Himalayas ) making him amongst the few documentary filmmakers to do so. His recent film “The Climate Challenge” won the Best Science Film award at the International Science Film Festival of India and also at the 10th National Science Film Festival of India, along with several technical excellence awards. The film also won in the category of National-Climate Change: Adaptation & Mitigation in the 11th CMS Vatavaran International Film Festival & Forum on Environment and Wildlife.
He has documented several projects of national importance including developing the official teaser of Chandrayaan 2 for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Koyna Deep bore Drilling Project. His work has been published in several books, magazines, and online platforms like National geographic travelers, Sky and Telescope, Smart Photography, Better India, etc. Apart from the science documentation work, he is also actively involved in creating awareness about climate change and also promoting Science through filmmaking & Photography in schools, colleges, and other public forms across the country.