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NRI doctor wins photography contest

india Updated: Sep 02, 2006 13:54 IST
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A retired general practitioner of Indian origin based in south Yorkshire, has won a prestigious photography competition and returned this week from the prize-winning trip to Canada.

Kottiyattil Aravind, the doctor based in Woodsetts since 1965, won the best travel photograph of the year in travel magazine Wanderlust and was awarded with a trip to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Aravind retired from his Rotherham practice three years ago and has since travelled to several countries while on cruises. An avid photographer, it was on one such trip that he shot his award-winning photograph in China last year.

The prize-winning shot captured a local man hauling a boat full of tourists ashore with just his bare hands and bamboo rope.

Aravind said: "These people looked so small but they were so strong. I was up really close and I could see his muscles straining as he was working so hard and so I got a picture of that action first hand."

Aravind later entered his photograph in the competition in Wanderlust travel magazine.

He said: "I decided to enter my photo because I have been taking pictures with non-digital cameras for years. It really was a complete shock but I am very pleased and did not expect such a fuss."

He won the holiday to Canada along with a digital camera and a year's subscription to the travel magazine.

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