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Natural capital is one of the key focus areas at YES BANK and through Natural Capital Awards, the Bank aims to mainstream the adoption of natural capital imperatives in financial decision making and advocate the importance of developing regulatory frameworks, disclosure mechanisms and reporting measures for natural capital accounting.

YES BANK, India’s 4th largest private sector Bank, has successfully completed its four editions of Natural Capital Awards (NCA). The Bank felicitated the pioneers of natural capital conservation in a grand ceremony in New Delhi on October 10, 2018, which was the YES BANK’s first carbon neutral event. Over the last 4 editions, since 2013, YES BANK Natural Capital Awards have recognized individuals, organizations and institutes, who have made natural capital preservation their utmost priority.

We thank you all for the overwhelming response to Natural Capital Awards 2018. Find winning pictures (Hall of Fame) and highlights of the Awards in the tabs below.


Journey video of Natural Capital Awards

Winners 2018

Congratulations to all the winners




4th Edition:

  • 4th edition of YES BANK Natural Capital Awards witnessed an overwhelming participation from individuals with more than 38,832 photographs submissions and  760 organization entries

  • PwC and Earth Matters Foundation were the evaluation partners for Natural Capital Awards 2018

  • Winners of both individual and organization category were felicitated at the award ceremony in New Delhi on October 10, 2018 in the presence of distinguished guests from country and government partners

  • Winner of ‘Capturing the Ganges’, special category which was introduced to support Government of India’s Namami Gange initiative, was felicitated by Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General (DG), National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)

  • Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim was awarded ‘Nature Leader of the Year’ for his contribution towards Natural Capital in Sikkim

  • Organisation category winners included Godrej Industries, ACC Limited, Ambuja Cement Limited, Adani Ports & SEZ Limited, Mahindra World City, GVK Biosciences Private Limited, Nano Bubbles Bangalore (OPC) Pvt Ltd, Shree Vivekanand Research and Training Institute, IIT Gandhinagar

  • Some of the national and international leaders who shared best practices in the space of natural capital conservation were Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, DG, NMCG; Mr James Newcomb, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute; Mr John Lelliott OBE, Chairman of Board, Natural Capital Coalition, representatives from state partners Mr A K Shukla, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Arunachal Pradesh; Mr Sandeep Kumar, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Assam and Mr Ashwani Kumar Chand, Resident Commissioner of Sikkim

  • Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation addressed through a video message highlighting the importance of natural capital

  • Country partners included France, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. H.E. Mr Marten van den Berg, Ambassador of Netherlands to India; H.E. Mr José Ramón Barañano Fernández, Ambassador of Spain to India; H.E. Mr Andreas Baum, Ambassador of Switzerland and Mr Jean-Marc Fenet, Minister-Counsellor & Head of the Regional Economic Department for India & South Asia, Embassy of France shared best practices on preserving natural capital

  • Charter was signed between YES BANK, UN Global Compact Network India (GCNI) and Synergie in line with Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change’s ‘Green Good Deeds’ campaign and Sustainable Development Goals through ‘Climate Literacy program’ across 100 schools in Delhi NCR

  • YES BANK became the 1st Indian bank to join ‘Natural Capital Coalition’ wherein the Bank will integrate natural capital thinking into its strategy & operations

  • YES BANK also launched the report ‘Innovating pathways to sustainable finance in India’ outlining the need for institutionalizing a green finance architecture in India  

3rd Edition:

  • The 3rd edition of NCA saw  phenomenal participation  with 522 corporates and 10,135 individual registrations

  • The winners of individual category contests were felicitated at the Grand Finale organized in New Delhi

  • Corporate winners included Ambuja Cement, Jain Irrigation Systems Limited and SRF Limited in the manufacturing category; Mumbai International Airport Ltd, Infosys and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in the services category; and Terra Eco Tourism Limited in the Eco Tourism category

  • Eminent leaders, such as Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon'ble Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon'ble Minister for Commerce and Industry (through video message), Mr Inia Seruiratu Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development, National Disaster Management, Republic of Fiji, and representatives from Natural Capital Aawards’ country partner, DFI and 5 state partners were amongst the speakers at the Grand Finale ceremony

  • Renowned thought leaders such as Mr Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff, UNFCCC, Mr Nigel Topping, CEO, We Mean Business, Mr Masood Mallick, Managing Director, ERM India and Dr AK Bhattacharya, Advisor, Green Highways Division, NHAI also shared their views on mainstreaming natural capital conservation in India

  • Two knowledge reports on natural capital were released, which provideinsights on best industry practices and mapping Natural Capital to achieving SDGs in India

  • Key partnership agreements were signed between YES BANK and Government of Uttarakhand and the Climate Group; United Nations Technology Innovations Labs; and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, ISTSL – SIDBI, Foundation for MSME Clusters and Quality Council of India

2nd edition:

  • In 2nd edition of the Natural Capital Awards saw participation of 72 large corporate house teams, and 732 individual photographers

  • The winners of individual category contests were felicitated at the Grand Finale organized in New Delhi

  • Corporate winners included Ambuja Cement, Tata Coffee Ltd and Reliance Industries Limited in the manufacturing category; and Capgemini and Cognizant in the services category, with a special mention of GE India

  • Eminent leaders, such as Shri Prakash Javadekar, the then Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr Jitendra Singh, the then Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) for Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Dr Ajay Mathur, the then Director General, BEE, and Mr Jaco Cilliers, the then Country Director, UNDP India were amongst the speakers at the Grand Finale ceremony

  • Key partnership agreement was signed between YES BANK and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, and Foundation for MSME Clusters

1st Edition:

  • The inaugural ceremony of the Natural Capital Awards 2013 saw an enthusiastic participation from photographers and corporates alike, with entries from large corporates like GMR, Binani, Dalmia, HCL, HCC, Indian Oil, Mantri, Nokia, Siemens, JK Paper and Tata Power

  • Tata Chemicals and ACC won the corporate winners title at the awards ceremony

  • The evening was graced by distinguished leaders like Dr Shashi Tharoor, the then Hon'ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Suresh Prabhu, the then Chairperson, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), Ms Yuki Yasui, the then Officer In-charge, UNEP-FI

  • Mr Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK and Ms Yuki Yasui signed the Natural Capital Declaration at the ceremony. YES BANK thus became the first Indian signatory to the Declaration

Hall of Fame

Over the years we have witnessed submission of some awe inspiring photographs by all our participants. We thank each one of them for making the Natural Capital Awards a big success.












Esteemed Jury 2018





Photography as an art form has a tremendous potential to carve deep impressions in the society and act as an agent of change. The category aims to use this far-reaching medium as a tool to drive stakeholder interest in conservation of nature and wildlife. NCA 2018 strives to mainstream natural capital dialogue among the masses through the following photography contests for individuals. All photographers, including professionals as well as amateurs, passionate about wildlife and nature photography can participate in the contest.



Pixel Perfect celebrates the beauty and diversity of nature and wildlife through the art of photography and solicits photos from individuals which portray nature and wildlife with an underlying message for natural capital conservation.

The photo submissions will be shortlisted based on a comprehensive scoring system against a detailed criteria including, but not limited to:

  • Appropriateness to theme

  • Uniqueness of concept

  • Clarity of expression

  • Visual design

  • Technical photography parameters like color, exposure and focus

  • Level of detailing 



Trailblazer is a photo essay contest for individuals to craft a compelling narrative around a series of photos which delivers a strong message on natural capital. Trailblazer aims to bring forth the significance of bio-diversity by creating unique storyline around species and ecosystems in order to promote awareness about nature conservation.

NCA 2018 invites photographers to submit photos to showcase interesting stories about nature and its unique manifestations to amplify the natural capital dialogue in India.

The applications will be shortlisted based on a comprehensive scoring system against a detailed criteria including, but not limited to:

  • Appropriateness to theme

  • Strength of the storyline

  • Clarity of expression

  • Visual design

  • Consistency in the standard of the images in the portfolio

  • Photographic quality including parameters like color, exposure and focus

  • Level of detailing and expertise

  • Quality of presentation



Originating from the Great Himalayas and covering the distance of 2525 km, the Ganges, along with its numerous tributaries and distributaries, serve as lifeline to millions of Indians. Serving as anchor to Indian civilization since ancient times, the sacred Ganges is losing its identity to the unrestrained degradation of its basin spread across 11 states of India.

This special photo contest aims at creating awareness about the importance of Ganges in the lives of Indians and the urgent need to reform our ways to save the rivers of India. NCA 2018 strives to demonstrate YES BANK’s unwavering support towards rejuvenation and restoration of Indian rivers and invites photo submissions to showcase the beauty of Ganges and the diverse ecosystem supported by her. All individuals, having the vigor to create awareness about Ganges, shall participate in the contest.   

The photo submissions will be shortlisted based on a comprehensive scoring system against a detailed criteria including, but not limited to:

  • Appropriateness to theme

  • Uniqueness of concept

  • Clarity of expression

  • Visual design

  • Technical photography parameters like color, exposure and focus

  • Level of detailing     



One of the most effective ways to mainstream Natural Capital and Environmental Sustainability is to recognize and reward outstanding corporate achievements. Instituted in 2013, YES BANK Natural Capital Awards are conferred to recognize a corporate’s commitment to driving environmental sustainability practices and initiatives in its value chain and integrating natural capital in its business strategy and practices.

This Award is a part of continued efforts by YES BANK to create awareness, promote best practices, and create capacity to mainstream environmental sustainability practice among corporate. YES BANK, with its inclusive approach for all stakeholders, has launched 4 different categories under Eco-Corporate Awards.



The Award invites applications from large industries and manufacturing conglomerates that are inspiring the world through commitment, perseverance and innovation while treading the sustainability path to manage their businesses. The Award aims to reward large corporations who through their robust management policies, innovative products and/or sustained initiatives have been the torch bearer for environmental stewardship. Organizations having an annual turn-over of INR 250 Crores or more are eligible to apply under this category.   



The Award invites applications from large service companies that are transforming the world by delivering innovative and disruptive services in sustainability domain. Service-oriented organizations having an annual turn-over of INR 250 Crores or more are eligible to apply under this category.



Small scale organizations, including for-profit enterprises and non-profit organizations, act as a conduit to redistribute economic growth to the masses as well as a compass to align economic growth with the inclusive development of the society. With a vision to mainstream small scale organizations in the natural capital dialogue and recognize significant initiatives taken by these organizations in the field of sustainability, YES BANK, under the Small Scale Organizations category of NCA 2018, solicits applications from the following entities:

  • For-Profit: Organizations and Business Enterprises with an annual turn-over of less than INR 250 Crores (classified as MSME under the MSME Act 2006)

  • Non-Profit: All Non-Profit Organizations including trusts, societies and non-profit companies under section 8 of the companies act 2013, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or non-profit organizations under Societies Registration Act 1862



The educational institutes are the guardians of the future as they nurture values in the budding generation and play a key role in shaping the future of businesses. Hence, YES BANK seeks participation from educational institutes in NCA 2018 under Eco Campus sub-category to demonstrate their sustainability initiatives which will become the guiding star for the students and future managers. 

All educational institutes registered with Central/State Government are eligible to apply under this sub-category. 


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