The Jackson Wild 2020 Rising Star Award goes to Gunjan Menon
Jackson, WY (USA)/Bhopal: Extending beyond its tradition of honoring the outstanding innovators and leaders of our industry, Jackson Wild is committed to elevating emerging leaders in nature, conservation and science media. The Rising Star Award exemplifies outstanding achievement alongside extended impact, and this year, Gunjan Menon, an independent conservation filmmaker and writer from India will be recognized!
We’re so happy to extend this honor to Gunjan, a deserving Rising Star! - Jackson Wild
This year’s Legacy Awards and Rising Star honorees will accept their awards during the first-ever Virtual Jackson Wild Media Awards, slated for Oct 1 during the Virtual Jackson Wild Summit following keynote conversations presented earlier in the week.
An accomplished filmmaker, Gunjan is Founder and CEO of ‘Beyond Premieres’, an organization that supports filmmakers to create tangible impact through their art. She spends a great deal of time teaching and mentoring emerging storymakers in India and Africa to hone their craft. In addition, she is a volunteer bat rescuer and advocate, working within communities to change commonly vilified perceptions of the little-known species.
Gunjan Menon was a participant in the Central Indian Highlands Wildlife Film Festival-2013 (CIHfestival) and had won the Best Documentary Award, when she was a student of Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune.
CIHWFF’13 was a thrilling experience, especially for film-making students like us. It gave us immense amount of exposure into wildlife film-making, making it an enjoyable learning experience and an unforgettable adventure at the same time - Gunjan Menon