It’s World Photography Day next Monday (August 19). And while all across the world, various activities are being organised to celebrate shutterbugs’ love for their cameras, a contest hosted by the magazine, Asian Photography India, will give amateur photographers a platform to display their work here.
The magazine announced a contest called Artistique in the month of June, where they invited entries from all across the country, under the themes of Fashion, Beauty and Black and White. Now, with the contest ending, the shortlisted pictures will be displayed at the Piramal Art Gallery from August 16 to 19. “Thanks to the explosion of mobile camera phones, photography is increasingly becoming a popular hobby. Through a competition like this, we intend to encourage people to look at photography in a more serious light,” explains Bhavya Desai, editor, Asian Photography.
The magazine has received more than 2,500 entries since the contest started in June, and plans to make the event an annual affair. “For the size of our country and its population, the penetration of photography as an art is not even one per cent. The need of the hour is to push the culture of picture-taking,” adds Desai. Apart from winning prizes worth a lakh, the winners’ entries will be displayed alongside the works of eminent photographers like Jatin Kampani, Ali Rangoonwala, Arko Dutta and Kakubhai who are also part of the jury.