The Hindu Photojournalism Awards Unveils its Winners
After weeks of judging by two different panels of jurors, the Hindu Photojournalism Award has finally announced the winners of the first edition at an award ceremony held on 23 February, in Chennai.
Tashi Tobgyal’s photograph of a 21-year-old manual scavenger working before the daybreak in Raj Nagar, Delhi, was awarded the title of Photo of the Year.
Indranil Mukherjee’s image titled Staring at Death captures the Rohingya crisis at Cox’s Bazaar, was bestowed with the first prize in the News category. The second and the third prize in this category went to Praveen Khanna’s photograph titled Pollution, and Rajanish Kakade for his work High Tide, respectively.
In the Sports category, Arun Sreedhar won the award for his image Signature to the Sands of Time that captured a long jumper during the National School Meet in Gujarat. Jayesh P was placed second for a photographed titled Mudball and Kunal Patil won the third place for his image titled Slick Trick.
The first prize in the Portrait category was awarded to Amarjeet Kumar’s photograph titled Life Beyond the Acid Burn. The second and the third prize went to Smita Sharma for two of her images, They Said We are the Slaves and Left Behind.
Senthil Kumar’s series titled Boundaries: Human and Tiger Conflict fetched the first prize in the Photo Essay category. The second place in the category went to Showkat Nanda for his photo essay titled The Endless Wait, and Raj Lalwani came third for the project on Difficult Loves. The Boundaries: Human and Tiger Conflict and Difficult Loves series were published in Better Photography in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
During the ceremony, Mukund Padmanabhan, Editor, The Hindu, said, “While we have a plethora of media awards, there is no exclusive awards for photojournalism. As a newspaper, we deal with photographs every day. This is something integral to what we do. We thought we should recognise and celebrate photography.” He added that a good news photograph is always about capturing that decisive moment.
The winner in the Photo Essay and Photo of the Year categories were awarded a cash prize of Rs. 1.5 lakh, whereas the winners in News, Sports, Portrait categories received Rs. 1 lakh.
There were two jury panels—the first round was judged by Amirtharaj Stephen, Chirodeep Chaudhuri and Srinivas Kuruganti. The second and final panel was comprised of Ashima Narain, Prashant Panjiar and Tanvi Mishra from India, Dimitri Beck from France, and Yumi Goto from Japan.
The event has been organised by Chennai Photo Biennale, Casagrand, and Oppo Mobile. The gear sharing partner is KitKarma, and the associate sponsors are VIT University, and RAU’s IAS Study Circle.