Sony BP WPOY 2018-19: The Finish Line


The road leading up to the Sony Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018-19 Awards culminated in a grand ceremony held in Mumbai. It was a star-studded event, with Boman Irani in attendance.

The Sony Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018-19 Awards began with a wedding photography symposium, on the afternoon of 19 March, at the Hotel Sahara Star, in Mumbai. Amongst those who spoke were Prakash Tilokani; Joseph Radhik; Hiroyuki Tokuno, Head, Digital Imaging Business, Sony India; Appadurai A, Country Business Manager, Hewlett Packard-Indigo Digital Press; Sanjeev Pandey, Business Manager, HP India; Guru Vaidya, Creative Evangelist and Senior Solution Consultant, Adobe India; and Mukesh Srivastava, Product Marketing Head, Digital Imaging Business, Sony India.

The awards ceremony commenced in the evening, and was attended by some of the biggest names in the industry, not just wedding photographers, but also those belonging to photojournalism, fine art, fashion, and other areas of commercial photography. The host for the evening was Nisha Shetty, who opened the ceremony with a thunderous applause from the audience, in appreciation of wedding photography. This was followed by a keynote address by Hiroyuki Tokuno.

This year, we were fortunate to have Boman Irani, one of India’s leading actors, in our midst. When he was invited on stage to address the audience, Irani gave a heartfelt speech of his humble beginnings in Mumbai. He also reflected on his brief stint in photography, and his even briefer stint as a wedding photographer, a role that he wasn’t too fond of. Irani explained how wedding photographers, at the time when he began, weren’t as respected as they are today, which made him loathe the profession. But after looking at how far the genre has come today, he wished he had the vision and determination to continue with the profession, instead of quitting, early on. Irani also specially addressed long-time friends and stalwart photographers— Hari Mahidhar, Swapan Mukherjee, Nrupen Madhvani, Ian Pereira, and Madhur Shroff— and spoke highly of their contribution to photography in India.

This was succeeded by the prize distribution ceremony, where our category winners were invited on stage to receive their certificate and trophy.

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