Thomas Vijayan

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Thomas Vijayan
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Thomas Vijayan in 2020
Occupation(s) Wildlife photographer and entrepreneur
Years active2015 - Present

Thomas Vijayan is an Indian wildlife photographer and businessman from Bangalore who is based in Dubai. [1]



He has traveled around the world, covering all the seven continents for his passion for photography. [2] He has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year – People's Choice Award by Natural History Museum, London. [3]

Vijayan is an architect born and raised in Bangalore, India. Hailing from a photography family he started photography at the age of 10. Later he settled in Canada with his family. [4] [5]

In 2015, he was appointed as the first brand ambassador of Nikon for the Middle East & Africa. [6]

In 2016, Vijayan was the recipient of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year – People's Choice Award by UK-based Natural History Museum, London for his picture titled ‘Swinging time’. The picture was selected from 42,000 entries submitted from 96 different countries and has been added to the Museum's special collection. [7] [8]

In 2019, Vijayan beat thousands of entries from all across the world to achieve top prize in the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers Bird Photographer of the Year.

He is the winner of International Photography Award in 2021. [9]


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