Photography contest, heritage walk and a live workshop on World Photography Day



With a view to bring together budding content creators and create a buzz in and around Maharashtra, on the occasion of World Photography Day on 19 August, the Directorate of Tourism (DoT) has organised a week-long photography contest, followed by a heritage walk and live workshops on food photography, travel photography and storytelling.

On this day, photographers use social media to display their pieces of art to be recognised by the whole world. To continue the trend, DoT is commencing an open to all #MaharashtraThroughMyLens photography contest on Instagram and Facebook, from 11 August. Participants can post an image, capturing any aspect of Maharashtra, including but not limited to wildlife, landscape, adventure, rural & urban life, heritage, culture, food etc. on their Instagram and/or FB handle with the (hashtag) #MaharashtraThroughMyLens, tagging Maharashtra tourism’s official handle (, to enter the contest.

The photos will be judged on the basis of an innovative style of photography, framing, composition, editing skills, and their engagement on social media. The last date of submission is 18 August, while the results will be declared online, on 19 August. The winner will receive a gratification of Rs. 25,000, the first and second runner up will be awarded Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5000, respectively. Twenty other entries will be rewarded with Rs. 1000 each.

The second activity in the campaign will be a closed group heritage walk in South Mumbai headed by a senior photographer and attended by twenty photography enthusiasts on 19 August from 7.00 am to 10.00 am. They will get an opportunity to visit various heritage buildings and capture them from different perspectives. These images must be uploaded on their social media handles using #MaharashtraThroughMyLens and tagging Maharashtra Tourism’s official social media handles. The photo walk will end with a meet and greet event.

This will be followed by live workshops on the evening of World Photography Day, 19 August on Maharashtra Tourism’s Instagram handle ( Three Instagram live workshop sessions based on food photography, travel photography and storytelling of 30 minutes each will be conducted for budding creators to learn from industry experts.

Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Maharashtra Tourism said, “With every new initiative we are moving a step closer to our masses. We have run photography contests before but this time it’s a little different because there isn’t any specific theme to be followed. This opens up doors for all the budding photographers who have ever captured Maharashtra and its beauty. Secondly, Mumbai is known for its hustle-bustle and nightlife but Maharashtra Tourism has been giving importance to the heritage aspect by initiating activities like heritage walks. There are several heritage sites within Mumbai, some of which will be explored with this heritage walk and, with social media it will gain the attention it deserves.”

Dr Dhananjay Sawalkar, Director, Directorate of Tourism, Maharashtra Tourism said, “Photography isn’t as difficult as it was ages ago but, even with the desired skill set,  it still has challenges that can be overcome with workshops and courses. Here’s our initiative to help the budding photographers achieve that. The live workshops will impart knowledge and provide an insight of various aspects like angles, lighting, storytelling etc. to be considered while photographing.”