Ever since its inception in 2001 Ambitions4 Photography Academy has made a difference and change in the lives of many learners of photography. Among them, there are few, who had made it really big and achieved their qualification despite of many constrains and challenges in their personal life.


SATHIYARUBAN an immigrant from Sri Lanka. Doing a lot of odd jobs after his schooling Sathya (that is what we call him), landed in India along with his brother and mother after the civil war. Helping his brother who was working as a wedding photographer, Sathya wanted to pursue the International qualification, BTEC HND Level-5 from Ambitions4. A very hard working person, Sathya was not very much comfortable with English as a medium of instruction and he found it very challenging when comes to some writing exercises.

He was truly dedicated and always did the assignments and projects more than what is required. He has always been a lavish shooter trying a lot of alternative options in terms of concept, content, composition and techniques. As a fascinated street photographer his works on photo-journalism and editorial photography were amazing. He had set his goal to work for National Geographic.


Though he was very silent in the class, he could talk enough on the shoots. He was an action guy. He worked towards the results and perfection. He never asked for excuses but found a solution for every photography problem. He never took anything for granted, but asked for reasons and evidences. With a lot of extra efforts and help of his class mate and friend Sriram, Sathya had improved his writing skills in English and effectively completed all his project logs, and learning experiences.Sathiyaruban2

His endeavor to do a coffee table travel book on Mysore for the government of Karnataka as the real time professional job was something amazing that proved his dedication and commitment. A non compromising person and photographer he always wanted the best and did the best as a BTEC achiever. He was one among few learners who had assisted me in my commercial jobs and workshop sessions. Sathya is now in Switzerland doing what he has always been passionate about.

His journey as a learner in Ambitions4 is a standing example as how a learner has to take up a course in photography and make it successful.




Ever since its inception in 2001 Ambitions 4 Photography Academy has made a difference and change in the lives of many learners of photography. Among them, there are few, who had made it really big and achieved their qualification despite of many constrains and challenges in their personal life.

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Deshabanthu receiving his BTEC Higher National Diploma from Mr.Roger Dimond – International Standards Verifier -Edexcel UK in the presence of Mr.KL Raja Ponsing founder and director Ambitions 4 Photography Academy and his Father Dr.Kiruba

An out standing story of success is from Deshabanthu – 22 yrs. Can a person who is unable to speak and hear, do a photography course and win an international diploma? The answer is a Big YES. Unfortunately, Deshabanthu, son of a Veterinarian from Sri Lanka, could not speak and hear. The family had migrated from Sri Lanka to India for the sake of the education of Deshabanthu and his artist brother who is also like him.  As a differently abled person with this huge limitation in life, Deshabanthu had made it big and achieved the BTEC HND Level -5 diploma.

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Theena, Deshabanthu’s brother, Father Dr.Kiruba, Mr.KL Raja Ponsing  with Deshabanthu

When some of his own class mates were not able to get this qualification, Deshabanthu had proved that it is not the personal disabilities that could stop someone from success. It is his determination, attitude, sheer hard work and passion for photography that had made him to achieve this laurel.

A shy and little introvert in nature, Deshabanthu, had to always isolate himself from the rest of the class and look only for my lip movement and body language keenly to understand my communication. Of course for some of the classes, he also brought his Dad, who can effectively communicate with him. He is also so much fortunate to have such wonderful parents who dedicated their life for their special children. Being so much creative, and different in his thought, many times he made his class mates wonder as how he conceived some of the photography ideas.

I took it as a privilege and great opportunity and challenge to bring life to such a wonderful learner through my favorite art of photography. Deshabanthu is one of the few students who had completed the BTEC Level-5 course right on time with out any delay and now he is practicing as a freelancer doing weddings, portraits, and table top photography.

Ambitions 4 Photography Academy had set its standards very high by making a differently abled learner to get the international qualification. All other learners who want to take excuses by blaming others for not making the success happen, must ask themselves that, when Deshabanthu is able to make it; why can’t they?

– KL Raja Ponsing, founder and director Ambitions4 Photography Academy

One morning at Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex (KWMC)

The learners of Edexcel BTEC HNC and HND Diploma in Photography programme of Ambitions 4 Photography Academy, Chennai had visited Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex (KWMC) as a part of their Photojournalism Workshop. Here are a few pictures capturing the morning activities at the busy Market place just a couple of days before Pongal.

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Locus – a showcase of our students’ creations

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Ambitions 4 Photography Academy is stepping into yet another platform to showcase students’ work and experiences. We hope it would help our learners develop their learning and career prospects. This blog will mainly focus on sharing the works and experiences of the Edexcel BTEC HND Diploma in Photography learners. We will also be sharing a few tips on various genres of Photography and the allied fields. The blog is aimed at promoting healthy competitive spirit among the learners. Works and insights of of our Alumni will also be featured in the blog.