POY 2011: The Final Face-off in Mumbai
The Final Face-off of Canon Better Photography Photographer of the Year 2011, took our participants across the city of Mumbai, as they tried to capture The Spirit of Mumbai . Here’s a look at the final submissions by each contestant.
Continuing its tradition of finding India’s best photographer, the Canon-Better Photography Photographer of the Year 2011 received nearly 70,000 entries this year for its eight themes. After weeks of shortlistings by the Better Photography team, 16 renowned photographers from the industry were invited to find the theme winner for each category.
You can find the winning images and honourable mentions from each category here.
A Trip to Mumbai for the Final Face-off
The eight finalists were brought to Mumbai for the Final Face-off. Their challenge was to shoot and submit 10 single image entries on the theme The Spirit of Mumbai. The participants were also asked to create a photoessay that conveys the phrase Bombay Meri Jaan that comprised of 8–12 photographs.
Over the course of three days the the contestants explored every nook and corner of the city from early morning to the dead of night. While Shanthkumar choose to capture the Dadar flower market at 3am, a few headed straight to Dharavi. Sudipto landed up at the Mumbai Stock Exchange.
After the three days of capturing every aspect of Mumbai, here are their final submissions:
S L Shanthkumar
Winner: The Joy of Colour
Mumbai is the city that begins life of joy, happiness, hard work and the mixture of vibrant colours, which follows from your power of imagination, suddenly like a rainbow in the rainy season. Mumbai is the heart of every person who is carrying his own aspirations to become something, from every part of the India. Most of the people who travel across India with big aspirations live in the city for their survival. Mumbai Meri Jaan.
Winner: Still Life: Obvious Things
Profession: Scientific Officer
Dhobi Ghat is a very popular place in Mumbai. I visited that place to understand it closely. I have taken pictures elaborating various stages of their washing process upto packing of the cloths ready for delivery. The spirit of the working people was really nice and it was fun to chat with them and shoot.
Winner: Portraiture: I, Me, Myself
Profession: Photography Student
I am a child looking for play. For open grounds, clear skies, water, friends and all. I run around looking for mates and to catch up with life here. I find friends but not space. I say alright and shake hands through openings wherever. I see my dad struggle between illusion and reality. Tired of treading on the Agneepath. For him Mumbai is buried, lights light up another world. The city rises. Life caged. But I am a child I must find play. I’ll stand on my head to be a star. The ball soars and never returns. Tired I sleep in full sight of the city and try to find my dream. My dream is still a shadow, nevertheless the will to fly high. I will see a new dawn.
Profession: Sales Manager
Manjunath came to Mumbai with all his dreams 35 years ago and set up a chai tapri at Dharavi. The tapri would soon become an adda. Sometimes it is filled with a group of friends and sometimes the place is filled with strangers, chai being the common bond. Manjunth’s neighbours are Sharma the barber and Zarina who peddles knick-knacks and posed for me with her neighbour. Both have dreams,hopes and aspirations. They cribbed about the cleanliness in Dharavi and as if on cue the sweeper arrived. That did not deter the flies nor did it deter Manjunath’s customers. Then came a young girl in a cowboy hat and when I asked her to pose for a photograph, she initially refused and then relented. Since it was a Monday, Manjunath closed his tapri at 2 pm. I too left thinking about my own dreams, aspirations & hopes. I understood that spirit of Mumbai is all about dreams, aspirations, hopes and the Chai Tapris.
Winner: Landscapes: Play of Light
Profession: Software Engineer
Ladies Special: In the lifeline of Mumbai, in the local trains, the crowd is maddening, yes. But the fact that this city has recognized the need for a safe way of transportation for women and acted on it tells a lot about Mumbai. As I traveled in the local trains, in the women’s compartment, I noticed how comfortable they felt traveling in them, when it is not crowded, of course. Every day these women get one step closer to their dream, with one less obstacle. The spirit of Mumbai shows when a woman takes the last train in the middle of the night to reach home from one end of the city to the other. These are few moments captured while the women take the journey towards a better tomorrow.
Winner: Wildlife: Animal Behaviour
Profession: Wildlife Photographer
Winner: Life on the Streets
Winner: Photoseries: Song of the Road
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