We are excited to announce the much-awaited winners of the Amazon India-Better Photography ‘India Through My Lens’ contest. Participants were asked to submit photographs that would best personify the diversity and culture of India. The response we received was overwhelming as we received over 22,000 entries. Photographer Chirodeep Chaudhuri presided over the judging process, where he selected the following top eight photographs. Congratulations to all the winners!
Ajay Aggarwal from New Delhi is our grand prize winner and will be receiving Rs. 50,000 worth of Amazon gift cards.
I like this image because of the revellers’ expression that is contrasting with a festival associated with joy and mirth. It is quite peculiar to see four men who have just celebrated Holi, in such a somber mood. Photograph/Ajay Aggarwal
Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjee from Kolkata will be receiving Rs. 30,000 worth of Amazon gift cards.
I found it peculiar to see a newly married couple traveling in the train. Adding to the uniqueness of the situation was the myriad of expressions on the faces of the commuters. Photograph/Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjee
Arvind Yadav from New Delhi will be receiving Rs. 20,000 worth of Amazon gift cards.
Members of a band take cover from the bursting crackers. I found it quite amusing to see a group of men huddled in a corner, shielding one another from the sound and explosion of the firecrackers. Photograph/Arvind Yadav
Here are the photographs of our honorable mentions who will each receive Rs. 5000 worth of Amazon gift cards.
Generations of the same family have been running the Surabhi Theatre in Hyderabad, for more than 75 years. Despite financial problems, they are driven by creativity and love for the art of performance. This is why I wanted to portray them in the most honest embodiment of human spirit, aspiration, disguise and passion. Photograph/Swarat Ghosh
Despite the advantages of technology, it can at some point become a form of hindrance too. The man and the young boy don’t seem to be too pleased with the priest using his phone, more in the midst of the ritual. Photograph/Manish Chauhan
This photograph brings back several childhood memories of listening to folklores. While I was framing the picture, I wanted to share the image space not only with the puppets but with the puppeteers as well. I think that very few people get a glimpse of the other side of the art form. Photograph/Rajarshi Chowdhury
Fishermen in a large group like this is not a common sight. I was lucky to find them at the Shilabati river bank in West Bengal. Since the sun was also setting, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to make a picture of the moment. The fishermen dotting the riverbank created a striking pattern. Photograph/Deba Prasad Roy
Tags: Deba Prasad Roy, winners, chirodeep chaudhuri, Amazon India, India Through My Lens, Ajay Aggarwal, Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjee, Arvind Yadav, Swarat Ghosh, Manish Chauhan, Rajarshi Chowdhury, Avijit Chakraborty, Contest
I shot this photograph in Puskar, Rajasthan. I like how the little boy is fearlessly balancing on the wooden structure. It brought back memories of my own childhood. Photograph/Avijit Chakraborty