Women have often been viewed as the epitome of grace, hope and strength. Sharing the same thought is the US Consulate General Mumbai's online photo contest that observes the theme, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Work, which is on till March 31. The competition is open to all Indian nationals residing in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Goa. Each contestant is allowed to submit up to five photographs.
"Photos need to be the original work of the contestants and cannot be significantly retouched. Cropping is permitted, as is modest colour correction of the image," says Angela L Gemza, cultural affairs officer at US Consulate General Mumbai, adding, "The competition advances the cultural exchange we seek to facilitate between our nations, since online galleries are viewable in India and the United States as well." Some of the chosen entries will be put up for exhibition at the end of the competition. The jury panel includes well-known Indian photographers Rahul Gajjar and Mukesh Parpiani, along with some American officers from the US Consulate General.
The winners will receive prizes, including a two-night stay at The International Centre, Goa, and dinner and dessert vouchers at The Table. Winners will be declared under various categories, like Best Composition, Best Thematic, Best Technical Merit, Best Creative Lighting and Judge's Favorite. "The response so far has been excellent. We received more than 100 photos in the first 10 days and are expecting to have more before we reach the deadline," says Gemza.
Upload your entries on www.facebook.com/ Mumbai.usconsulate. Last date for submitting photographs is March 31.