For SK Balachandder, India is the HOME Country from birth. He loves India for its rich, ancient, and diverse cultural heritage.He was Born in 1957 at Trichy, Tamilnadu & from 1959, has been living in Chennai, India. His 42+ years of journey as a Passionate Photographer started in 1978 when he pursued his master’s Degree in Mathematics. He had a fantastic 25 years of Photography in Film format, learning the nuances through the yesteryear legends and later continued his passion from 2004 till date in Digital format.His Salon Journey started in 1988 and continued up to 1994. He won many awards and acceptances in National and International Salons. His interests later shifted towards Commercial and Wedding Photography. His coverage of 1980 Total Solar Eclipse was published in local Magazines in Chennai. Many of his works in the form of transparencies, Prints and Digital Images were published in the Covers of monthly magazines, in-house magazines, Calendars and Audio Cassettes and Audio CDs. Many of his Photos and transparencies were used by other eminent Photographers for Teaching basic and advanced Photography.He gave Solo Prints Exhibitions in 1990 and 1992. He was awarded AFIP Distinction in 2003 by Federation of Indian Photography. He retired as a Banker by profession in 2017 and continued his passion in Photography more vigorously by participating in National and International Salons again from 2018 till now. In the last three years, apart from awards and acceptances, he acquired many Distinctions like EFIP, AFIAP, Hon. CPE (Romania), GPA.PESGSPC (Cyprus), Hon.PESGSPC (Cyprus), A.APS (Bangladesh), EHPS/Bronze (Greece), GMAPG (Georgia), B.APU (Singapore), Hon. FTR, LLMG (Laureate of LMG), AIIPC, Hon.EFMPA, Hon. ASAP, A.NPS, IIG/p.He has so far participated in over 650 Salons (including Film Era) and accumulated an overall 4000 acceptances+ from 1988 onwards with more than 300 awards to his name till date.He is now a full-time freelance and fine art Photographer as well as a Salon mentor in his Club, The Photographic Society of Madras (1857), Chennai.Since July 2020, 11 members of PSM have acquired AFIP under his mentorship and 10 of them applied for AFIAP this year. His Club has won 25 Best Club awards so far.His main interests in Photography are People, Candid, Photojournalism, Street Photography, Travel, Children, Portrait, Table top, Macro, Nature, Landscape, Monuments, etc.,His award-winning images have been displayed in the following galleries at present.https://campinaexhibitions.net/distinctions-holders/honorary/s-k-balachandderhttp://asiaphotofestival.com/featured-galleries/sk-balachandder/His advice to youngsters: "Shoot a lot of pictures. Experiment. Do not go out with preconceptions of what a picture will look like. That will block you from being receptive to something new and exciting." His Motto: " Freeze every moment of LIFE & Enjoy it Image by Image, Frame by Frame".