Surgeon Rear Admiral Lalith Ekanayake is a celebrated international award winning wildlife photographer in Sri Lanka and has won the highest number of medals and awards for his motherland. His long and passionate bond with photography began when he was a medical student at the University of Colombo. Having selected to the Faculty of Medicine Colombo from Maliyadeva College Kurunegala, Lalith joined the Sri Lanka Navy at its hour of need when he was a third year medical student as the first ever medical student enlisted in the armed services. Whilst committing his medical career for Sri Lanka Navy especially during the ethnic war, Lalith started out as an exploration of the enchanting world of the camera gradually gained direction and came to focus upon wildlife photography particularly in action photography.

Awards

  1. First Place and Sanctuary Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2013 India
  2. UPI Gold Medal - 57th Annual International Competition & Exhibition of Photography 2012 by Photographic Society of Sri Lanka
  3. UPI Gold Medal - 3rd Danube Exhibition 2014 Serbia
  4. ISF Gold Medal - The 3rd Taiwan International Salon of Photography 2014
  5. PAGB Gold Medal - 40th Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography 2014 UK
  6. PSS Medal - 61st Singapore International Photography Awards 2014
  7. First Place in Wildlife category – Chaaya-Wild Etesalat Photography Competition 2012 Sri Lanka
  8. Runner-Up – Wexas International Photography Competition 2012 UK
  9. EMPA Silver Medal - 2nd EMPA International Digital Salon 2014 India
  10. WAHP Silver Medal - 1st International Salon of Art Photography Carpathian Drag 2014 Ukraine
  11. Bronze Medal – 22nd Trierenberg Super Circuit 2013 Austria
  12. PSSL Bronze Medal - 57th Annual International Competition & Exhibition of Photography 2012 by Photographic Society of Sri Lanka
  13. Second Place Birds category Oasis International Photography Competition 2015, Italy
  14. Third and Forth Places In Sanctuary Wild Life Photography Awards 2012 India
  15. Highly Commended In Oasis International Photography Competition 2012 Italy
  16. Highly Commended In Oasis International Photography Competition 2013 Italy
  17. Honorable Mention - 57th Annual International Competition & Exhibition of Photography 2012 by Photographic Society of Sri Lanka
  18. IVAF Special Mention - Perspective One - International Salon of Fine Art Photography 2013 India
  19. FZS Diploma - 6th International Contest of Photography Narava 2013 Slovenia
  20. PFM Reptile - 2nd PFM Digital Salon 2014 India
  21. Diploma Me Le Catalan - Le Catalan 2014 Iii International Photographic Salon 2014 France
  22. Jury Award - Indian Photo Art International Digital Circuit 2014 - Fish Eye
  23. Chairman Choice - Indian Photo Art International Digital Circuit 2014 – Pak
  24. Honorable Mention – National Wildlife Federation Photography Competition 2014 USA

Also Lalith’s work has been exhibited in about 25 countries and twice his pictures were selected as the Editor’s choice, Photo of the Month and Photo of the Day at the National Geographic International Photography Competition 2011 and 2012. Lalith has been a finalist for the past few years at the BBC International Photography Competition in UK.

Most of his achievements have been first ever of a Sri Lankan to do so.

Lalith had two solo wildlife photographic exhibitions in 2010 and 2013 in Colombo along with publication of two coffee table books titled “the untamed road” and “Animal Verses” with notable success. He is a recipient of AFIAP.

Surgeon Rear Admiral Lalith Ekanayake USP, MBBS, MD, FCCP, DDHM (Aus), AFIAP is the Medical Director of the Sri Lanka Navy and also a Consultant Physician & Specialist Gastroenterologist and Specialist in Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine, for which he is the foremost practitioners in Sri Lanka.

Lalith lives in Colombo with his wife Rasanjalee and two daughters Lihini and Nilmi. In addition to wildlife expeditions in Sri Lanka Lalith travels in Africa and India very often.

Lalith also a writer and dedicates all his achievements to protect fauna and flora of Sri Lanka, which are under sever threat, he believes.