Logo Design Contest for Colombo Light Rail (Metro)

Ministry of Megapolis and western development invites Logo design for Colombo Light Rail Service, the design logo and have the privilege to be a contributor to the revolution in public transportation of Sri Lanka.

Here’s a chance to showcase the artist in you.

The Minisry of Megapolis and Western Development is in need of a logo for the light Rail Transit (LRT) system which is to be implemented from “Malabe” to “Kollupitiya’

The proposed LRT system is a rail based elevated urban public transport system which is intended to enhance the public convenience by offering a high quality, accessible, reliable and an integrated service.


Entry criteria

  • Logo must be an original design
  • Needs to sit beside the word “CLR” (Colombo Light Rail)
  • Hand drawn designs will not be accepted.

Closing date for submission : 8th November 2017 and the winner will be cash reward of Rs. 25,000/-


All the entries will be judged by a panel of representatives of the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development

For more details see below image

Logo Design Contest for Colombo Light Rail (Metro)

Bank of Ceylon Little Picasso Art Competition 2017

Dear Son & Daughter, Bring out the artistic talent within you and be a “Little Picasso”, Children who maintain any of the BOC accounts shown below can enter this competition held to commemorate the 78th Anniversary of Bank of Ceylon.

If you don’t have a BOC account, you can open a new account and enter the art competition. Bank of Ceylon will also contribute Rs.100 to your new account.

The art competition will be conducted under four categories

Category 1 – Pre-school

Category 2 – Grade 1-5

Category 3 – Grade 6 – 9

Category 4 – Grade 10-13

Awards & Winners

1st. 2nd and 3rd winners in each category at national level will receive Rs.100,000/. Rs.75,000/- and Rs.50,000/-respectively, along with a medal and a certificate. 10 merit winners will also be selected.

1st. 2nd and 3rd winners in each category at provincial level will receive Rs.25.000/- Rs.15.000/- and Rs.10.000/- # respectively, along with a certificate. 10 merit winners will also selected.

Cash prizes for the respective schools

1st. 2nd and 3rd winners in each category at notional level will receive valuable cash prices The schools that maintain BOC Savings Units will receive special cash prizes.


hand over your drawing along with your application to your nearest Bank of Ceylon branch on or before the 8th of September 2017


Terms and Conditions

  • Drawings under any topic can be submitted
  • Each child can submit only one drawing for the competition
  • White-mat drawing paper (18″ x 14″)
  • Colours: Pastel / water colours / poster colours (any medium you use must not smear on touch)
  • No borders should be left on the paper
  • An application prepared as per the specimen should be 1 pasted behind the drawing and certified as required
  • The drawing should not be rolled or folded
  • When submitting the drawing for the art competition, the child’s minimum BOC account balance should be Rs.250

For more details, contact the manager of the nearest BOC branch or call 011 220 44 44 or see below image

Bank of Ceylon Little Picasso Art Competition 2017

Wildlife Photography Tour To Yala NP on 29 & 30 July 2017

We Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature & Wildlife Photography Organised our 6th Wildlife Photography Tour to Yala National Park on July 29-30,2017.
We attached our Group Photo of our Last Yala Tour on June 10-11, 2017, for your reference, Please see Below details,

Yala Group Tour 4 10-11 June 2017
Yala Group Tour 4 10-11 June 2017

First in First Reserve

Wildlife Photographt Tours to Yala NP
Wildlife Photographt Tours to Yala NP

Wildlife Photography Tour to Yala National Park of Sri Lanka – Date: 29th & 30th July 2017

Day 1 (29/07/2017)
Tour Start from Colombo: 6.00AM
Check in at Yala Adventure : 11.30 Am
Safari – 2.30 Pm to 6.10 Pm
Casual Gathering : 7.30 Pm upwards

Day 2 (30/07/2017)
Alarm Call: 5.00 Am
Safari/ Bird Watching at Yala Adventure : 6.00 Am to 10.30 Am
Check out Yala Adventure: 11 Am
Reach Colombo : 6.00 PM

Deluxe Room Accommodation A/C : LKR. 15,000/- per Person (Sri Lankan)
Tented Camp Accommodation A/C : LKR. 17,000/- per Person (Sri Lankan)
For Foreigner – LKR 14,800/- & LKR 16,800/- + Hotel Surcharges + Entrance Ticket Fee
see below link for Yala Adventure Room/ Tented Camp and Other Facilities Photos,
Click Here to Check the Booking.com

Tented Camp – 3 Tented Camps with Double / Triple Sharing Basis
Deluxe Room – 4 Deluxe Room with Double / Triple Sharing Basis

*** Reservation – First confirmed First Reserved basis ***

2 Half Day Safari – 6 Person Per Jeep
Bird Watching Around Lake (130 Bird Species are recorded)
Macro Photography at Butter Fly Garden

Price Includes
A/C Couch Transportation – Colombo – Yala – Colombo
Full Board Accommodation
2 Half Day Safari Jeep Cost
Entrance Fee
Door Pick Up within Colombo City Limits*

For more details : inbox me or mail me
Email: prasanna@synergyy.com
Call: +94776534669
Facebook: Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature & Wildlife Photography

Thanks & Best Regards,
Prasanna Ambigaibagan MBA (UK) ACMA, CGMA (UK), BBA (UoP)
Naturalist & Wildlife Photographer

Cinnamon Sri Lanka Photo Contest 2017 – Apply Now

Cinnamon Sri Lanka Photo Contest is an initiative by Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts to celebrate the best photography and videography captured in Sri Lanka. Our island invokes a million spectacular visuals from vibrant landscapes to ancient architecture and beyond. We want to celebrate these many visuals as Sri Lanka poises itself to become the world’s favourite holiday destination.

Register now and apply in a series of categories for a chance to win a 3-week all-expenses paid holiday in Sri Lanka. You could be a world class photographer or a traveller with a camera – we want to see Sri Lanka through your eyes.

Join us as we celebrate the magic of Sri Lanka.


Who Can Enter?

  • Photographers and videographers from anywhere in the world
  • Professionals, Amateurs or Enthusiasts


How to Apply/Entry Rules

All Entries Must Be:

  • In digital format (JPEG for images & HD for Video)
  • Each entrant can enter in a total of 3 categories only
  • The content entered (photos and video) must not have won any previous awards
  • Entries must have been captured after 31st December 2014


Judging Criteria

Criteria Scoring
Creativity & Narrative power 20%
Composition/Framing 20%
Lighting & Clarity 20%
Technical Excellence 20%
Uniqueness & Individual Style 20%
TOTAL 100%



  • Nature, Wildlife & Marine Photography
  • Lanscapes & City-Scapes
  • Interiors
  • Culture & people by Mobitel
  • Activity & Adventure
  • Deeper Perspective / Photo Essay
  • Travel Shorts


The image will be award with USD 5000 and a 21-day curated tour of Sri Lanka!

For more details Visit: http://photocontest.cinnamonhotels.com/ or see below image

Cinnamon Sri Lanka Photo Contest 2017 – Apply Now
Cinnamon Sri Lanka Photo Contest 2017 – Apply Now

40% off at Laya Safari Yala

Laya Safari Yala is announces an amazing promotion for the month of September, October and November 2016.

Laya Safari Yala is beach front hotel located near to Yala National Park with giving warm hospitality for holiday seekers and who love to enjoy Srilanka’s wildlife with very pleasing beach front of wildlife environment.

This promotion of 40% off valid when you book 2 nights in the month of September, October & November 2016.

for more details see below image or contact Laya Hotel on 0112 321 122/ 0472 239 581

40% off at Laya Safari Yala
40% off at Laya Safari Yala

Sri Lanka National Parks

  1. Yala National Park

Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park. Divided into 5 blocks, the park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. Two blocks are currently opened to the public.

Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are quite low, bringing animals into the open.

Sri Lankan Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National park is among the oldest and most important of protected areas in Sri Lanka. It also contains a number of important cultural sites. The sanctuary stretches from the North-western coast to the North-central province where the ancient city of Anuradhapura is located. Wilpattu National Park is laced with a complex of lakes called ‘Villus’, surrounded by grassy plains, set within scrub jungle. Many of the `big game’ found in Sri Lanka including elephant, sloth bear, water buffalo, and spotted dear can be seen here. Wilpattu is also known for leopards.

Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Kumana(Yala East) National Park

Formerly known as Yala East National Park, Kumana lies on the south-east coast in the Eastern Province, 12km south of Arugam Bay, and is easily accessible from the Wellawaya-Pottuvil Road. The Park is physically separated from the more famous Yala National Park and Strict Reserve by the Kumbukkan Oya (River) and is better known for its migratory birds. A natural highlight of the park is a 200 hectare swamp lake sustained by the river through a half a mile long narrow channel. These mangrove swamps are a destination of choice for migratory birds. Among regular visitors who nest and breed are pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, herons, egrets and little cormorants. Land animals found in the adjacent Yala are also found here.

Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
Indian Peacock – National Park, Sri lanka
  1. Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgamuwa is home to a vast array of animals, as well as, ancient sites and tanks. Known for its rich population of predators among which bears receive significant attention. It is believed that Wasgamuwa has the highest density of bears than anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Bordered by the famous Mahaweli and the lesson known Amban river, Wasgamuwa spreads through the districts of Matale in the central hills and the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

Srilanka Leopard
Srilanka Leopard
  1. Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya National Park, in close proximity to the eastern city of Amparai has an important task: to serve as the catchment area for Sri Lanka’s largest reservoir, the Senanayake Samudraya. It is the only national park where boat rides are allowed, offering visitors to the rare sight of swimming elephants, a phenomena famously known as ‘the crossings’.


  1. Udawalawe National Park

The Udawalawe National Park is Sri Lanka’s closest example of Africa’s savanna reserves. Better known as the country’s premier elephant park, Udawalawe revolves around the vast Udawalawe reservoir. Located on the base of hilly Ratnapura and Moneragala districts, the park is home, among other animals, to an elephant population of about 500. The park also boasts of an elephant transit home, with public displays during feeding times.

Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
  1. Lahugala Kithulana National Park

The eastern park of Lahugala is among Sri Lanka’s smallest among parks but its importance to elephants and endemic birds is very big.


  1. Maduru Oya National Park

Maduru Oya National Park is designed to protect the immediate catchments of five reservoirs developed under the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Program, Sri Lanka’s most ambitious irrigation project. The park provides refuge for wildlife and lies between the Polonnaruwa-Batticalo Road and Mahiyangana-Padiyathalawa Road in the districts of Ampara, Badulla and Polonnaruwa.

Elephant hugging at Minneriya National Park
Elephant hugging at Minneriya National Park
  1. Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains, a world heritage site is the catchment area for almost all of Sri Lanka’s major rivers. A silent and cold highland plateau in the central hills of Sri Lanka, the beautiful Horton Plains is surrounded by peak wildernesses and forests and is home to many endemic plants and animals thriving in a rare wet and cold climate. The park offers spectacular hikes and culminates with the World’s End, a dramatic 900 meter cliff with nothing but flat land beyond extending to the coast of Sri Lanka’s deep South./p>


  1. Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park lies in the dry and arid Hambantota District in Southern Sri Lanka. But the park’s many lagoons make it a paradise for migratory as well as resident birds. Every species of water birds found in the country find a safe haven here. Visitors will also be treated to many land animals from elephant to the deer. Bundala is also said to be the only park where visitors can spot both the Marsh and Seawater crocodile on the same safari trip.

Indian Peacock, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Indian Peacock, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Lunugamvehera National Park

Located adjacent to Yala National Park is Lunugamvehera Park, created primarily as a catchment area for the Lunugamvehera reservoir. A plan is mooted to amalgamate the park with its larger and more famous cousin Yala and if that happens, Lunugamvehera will be renamed as Yala West.


  1. Minneriya National Park

Home for the world famous Elephant ‘Gathering’, Minneriya National Park is nestled on the plains of the North-Central province, about 20kms from historic Polonnaruwa. Fed by the beautiful Minneriya tank, the park despite being one of the smallest, is a haven for elephants and birds, providing magnificent views to visitors.


  1. Kaudulla National Park

In close proximity to Habarana, the gateway to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa, Kaudulla revolves around an ancient tank and is considered as an important elephant corridor, offering regular sightings.

Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Hikkaduwa National Park

One of the two marine parks in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa National Park in the popular southern coast features fringing coral reefs showcasing a bio-diversity spectacle.


  1. Pigeon Island National Park

The 2nd marine park in the country, Pigeon Island is located in famed Nilaweli, on the outskirts of Trincomalee. The spectacular small island is home to a showcase of colorful corals and tropical fish and is a short boat ride from the world famous Nilaweli beach.

Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Horagolla National Park

Horagolla is biologically, the most diverse and significant patch of forest in the wet zone of Sri Lanka, located just outside Colombo. The park presents a special zonal vegetation complex which provides a natural refuge for many species that are extremely rare, possibly extinct, in other parts of the island.


  1. Galways Land National Park

The only national park located within city limits, Galways is home to a montane eco system in the cold and windy hill station of Nuwara Eliya, also the highest located city in Sri Lanka. Galways is decorated by its beautiful population of birds, as well as, its colorful floral species of native and foreign origin. Along with the nearby Victoria Park, Galway is considered to be the most significant birding site in Sri Lanka.

Baby Elephant at Minneriya National Park
Baby Elephant at Minneriya National Park
  1. Ussangoda National Park

Believed to be the place where Ravana landed his mythical flying chariot, Ussangoda is situated in Nonagama, Hambantota in the deep South. Known for the red soil in the area, Ussangoda, with both land and sea features, is a haven for turtles.


  1. Angammedilla National Park

Originally a forest reserve within the Minneriya-Girithale Sanctuary within close proximity to Polonnaruwa, Angammedilla was established to protect the drainage basin of the giant Parakrama Samudra reservoir.

Changeable Hawk Eagke, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Changeable Hawk Eagke, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Flood Plains National Park

The park is central to the integrity of the Mahaweli irrigation system, both for its unique “villus” and as a corridor for wildlife migration between grazing lands in Wasgamuwa and Somawathiya National Park. The area spans the Mahaweli River in Polonnaruwa district in North Central Province.


  1. Somawathiya National Park

Somawathiya National Park is one of the four national parks designated under the Mahaweli River Development project. Somawathiya Chaitya, a stupa said to be containing a relic of the tooth of the Buddha, is situated within the park.

Source: Wildlife Department Website


About Me

I Prasanna Ambigaibagan Cost Accountant by profession and passionate wildlife photographer from 2011, I do many budgeted road tours in overseas and meet many new friends and I do always invite them to Sri lanka and let them to experience Srilanka hospitality.

If anyone wanted to know more about Sri Lankan Wildlife and Wildlife Safaris, you can feel free to contact me by below comment or call me on +94776534669 (I do available in Whatsapp, Viber, IMO and Line).

if you’re interested you can follow my Wildlife photography page on Facebook on below link

Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature and wildlife Photography
Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature and wildlife Photography

Exclusive Group Work Shops for PSSL Members by Ute Grobowsky in Sri Lanka

Ute will be in Sri Lanka from the 12th of January till the 3rd of February on a photography training assignment at PSSL. She is senior photographer from Germany with over 30 years experience. She has worked extensively in Europe and Africa and is also credited with the official portrait of the present Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.

Street Photography        – Friday 16/01

Portraiture          -Wednesday 21/01

Photojournalism              -Thursday 22/01

Understand light              -Tuesday27/01

Photography startups    – Wednesday 28/01

Portraiture (repeat)        -Thursday29/01

Photoshop level 1-3        -Sunday 01/02


These small group (7-10 max) workshops will commence at 10.30am at PSSL and will continue till 4.30pm. A nominal fee of Rs 1000/= will be charged per member on a first come first paid basis. Only Tea/Coffee and light refreshment will be provided. Participants will need to order their own Lunch. You are required to bring you Photographic equipment. For the PS workshops a Laptop will be needed. For more information please call Merrill at the PSSL office 2690940.

For more detail see below image

Exclusive Group Work Shops for PSSL Members by Ute Grobowsky in Sri Lanka
Exclusive Group Work Shops for PSSL Members by Ute Grobowsky in Sri Lanka

Wildlife Photographic Competition for 65th Anniversary of the Department of Wildlife Conservation

Department of Wildlife Conservation organised an wildlife photographic competition Held to mark the 65th Anniversary of the Department of Wildlife Conservation this Wildlife Photographic Competition Open Section and School Section.

A decision has been taken to hold wildlife photographic competition to mark the 65th Anniversary of the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Any Sri Lankan and school children can participate at this competition and submit only 04 wildlife photos containing natural wildlife splendour and activities either in black & white or colour.

All photos should have been taken in National Parks, sanctuaries or wildlife protected areas in Sri Lanka and should not be digitally altered. If necessary, either the negative or a scanned image CD should be submitted along with the photos.

The length of photo should be between 12″ and 18″ while the width should be between 8″ and 12”. Photos should not be submitted either in mounted positions. The reverse top left corner of the photo should be marked the applicants name as given in the application, address title and serial number. A short description on the wildlife locations, the camera and the lenses, should be submitted.

The ownership of all the photos should be of the applicant and should not have been submitted to any other photographic competition earlier. The department will use the selected photos for media and Publicity Purposes.

All photographs should either be sent by post or personally delivered to the Director General, Department of Wildlife Conservation. The top left corner of the cover containing the photographs should be marked “Wildlife Photographic Competition 2014” Entries received after the relevant date will not be accepted and the Department shall not be responsible for any damages caused in the mail.

This is an open and non fee levying competition and any officer or member of his family, serving in institutes functioning under the Ministry of Wildlife recourse conservation No. 811/A, Jayanthipura, Battaramulla is not permitted to participate in this competition.

The Competition will be evaluated under a formal panel of judges to select winner and the decision of the panel of judges will be the final. Prizes and certificates will also be awarded to first, second and third place winners while 10 merit certificates will also be awarded. Official results will be notified to winners by post.

Last date of acceptance of Photographs 05.09.2014
Photo judging 12.09.2014
Award Ceremony 01.10.2014 at the Department of Wildlife Conservation


For more details see below image

Wildlife Photographic Competition for 65th Anniversary of the Department of Wildlife Conservation
Wildlife Photographic Competition for 65th Anniversary of the Department of Wildlife Conservation