Pallava Bagla (46) has been a globally acclaimed award winning
Indian science communicator and photojournalist for 25 years,
and during this time he has come to be respected for his
breaking news stories and for having showcased Indian science
and technology to the world in more than a decade of writing for
Science, the prestigious weekly magazine of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington D.
C. His work has often led to the government changing its policy.
A few years ago he joined as Science Editor for India’s highly
respected private television channel NDTV – New Delhi
Television. His work showcasing India’s maiden mission to the
moon Chandrayaan-1 has been applauded, broadcasting both in
English and Hindi.
His solo photo exhibition on water issues titled `Drops of Life’
has been globally displayed in New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bhopal
and Washington DC.
He is author of several books, the most recent being
`Destination Moon: India’s quest for Moon, Mars and Beyond.’
published by HarperCollins India Private Ltd in 2008. Another,
of his books `Trees of India’ a large format pictorial book was
published by Timeless Books in 2000.
Bagla is also a still photographer working for Corbis, one of
the world’s largest photo agency owned by Microsoft chief, Mr.
Bill Gates. His pictures have found place in respected magazines
like National Geographic, Time, Nature, New Scientist,
Scientific American, Newsweek, Elle and The Economist.
He has published over 850 news and features stories in leading
national and international publications; published five books;
edited five books and over 3000 photographs taken by him have
been published over the years. He was also a frequent
contributor to the leading national daily, The Indian Express.
He has contributed over 170 news features on national television
with many from strategic sectors like space, atomic energy and
In 2006, he was conferred with the `National Award for
Outstanding Effort in Science & Technology Communication in
Print Medium', it is the highest honor of its kind for science
journalism in India and is given by the Ministry of Science and
Technology, Government of India.
In 2003, he became the first Indian to win the `Outstanding
Journalism’ award from the United Nations sponsored Consultative
Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) the world’s
apex body looking after agricultural research and headquartered
at The World Bank, Washington DC.
Previously, he was awarded the prestigious science writing
fellowship at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole,
Massachusetts, USA in 1994.
In 2004, he became a Fellow of the Leadership in Environment and
Development (LEAD), London, UK.