year old Ashvini Jayathilake was awarded a prize for
being the youngest contestant with a wining/commendable
entry as she obtained the second place for the Junior
Wildlife Category 2006 when her tender little hands
were able in capturing a delightful picture of a squirrel.
Little Ashvini does not get a chance
to go to Yala as often, unlike her father, Chitral Jayatilake
who is also a pioneer wildlife photographer. However,
she hangs out in the garden during her leisure time
and takes insects, butterflies and birds that come to
Having taken part in a competition
for the first time in her life, a jubilant Ashvini thus
speaks of her victory.
felt so happy when I got this award. Usually, my father
gives his camera and tells me to take anything I like.
So I take the pictures. The moment I saw this squirrel
I noticed that its tail is twisted and then I thought
I should take that," she said. She added that she
loves to take pictures of the birds and that some day
she wants to become a skilled photographer like her
Nick-named as the "family photographer"
by her loving family members for her enthusiasm for
photography, Ashvini's collection of photographs consists
of lizards, parrots and butterflies, she says.