Mysore, July 9- M.N. Jayakumar, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), has been awarded MFIAP, the highest distinction awarded by the Federation Internationale de L'Art Photographique (The International Federation of Photographic Art), a body affiliated to UNESCO. This distinction has been awarded to him for a set of 20 images entitled "Spectacular Indian Birds" in the field of Nature Photography.

Jayakumar is the 4th Indian to have been awarded FRPS and MFIAP, two of the highest distinctions awarded for Photography. The other three are M.Y. Ghorpade, P.N.A. Perumal and B. Srinivasa. Incidentally, the twin distinction for Nature Photography to an individual has come after 21 years. Srinivasa got these distinctions in 1989.

Over a period of 30 years, the Federation has awarded about 150 MFIAPs of which less than 25 are for Nature Photography. Jayakumar was awarded FRPS in 2009 and he is the first Forest Officer from India for have received these highly decorated distinctions.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore