Begin your Adventure

I am the co-founder, co-CEO, and creative director of Hidden Compass, a magazine and media company that's turning storytellers and explorers into heroes and championing a new age of discovery. I’m also a lawyer turned award-winning nature photographer and journalist who focuses on exploration, conservation, and the power of awe. A lover of all things cold and dark, I traverse the globe in search of the most beautiful ice and the darkest skies. 

I'm Sivani Babu.

hello, Wayfarers!

As a photographer, journalist, and explorer with strong academic roots, I tell detail-rich stories grounded in research that build connections to the past, the future, and the planet.
As a publisher, editor, and the co-founder of Hidden Compass, I help others navigate a similar path.

...and that is the uncomfortable reality of nature: that it is indescribable beauty and arbitrary destruction.

1 Million+

70 Million+

Five

I've written, edited, and published more than one million words

my work has reached audiences totalling more than 70 million people

my work has been exhibited at museums on five continents

Twelve+

My work has been featured in more than a dozen universities

co-founder and Co-ceo hidden compass

...and that is the uncomfortable reality of nature: that it is indescribable beauty and arbitrary destruction.

Exploration Endures

website by with grace and gold

copyright 2021 sivani babu

subscribe and never miss an adventure

Let's Explore Together!

Sign up and I'll send you field notes from around the globe, images to inspire, cogitations on exploration and storytelling, and even some book recommendations. It's a newsletter as eclectic as we are.

No, Thank You