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Picture Jharkhand Photo Week

28 Dec to 4 Jan • Audrey House, Ranchi
Awards / Exhibition / Photo Walks / Presentations / Interactions / Food, Fun and Frolic

The Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD), Government of Jharkhand announced the Picture Jharkhand Photography Contest on the 19th of August on World Photography Day with theme: Jharkhand. Its Land, People and Culture. The contest has been organized in partnership with the Jharkhand Photographic Association, National Institute of Design (academic partner) and Jharcraft (lead prize sponsor). The contest was open to all and was conducted online through www.picturejharkhand.com. The contest closed on 29th November.

A total of 1903 photographs was submitted from 163 cities. The organisers shortlisted Top 100 photographs through a preliminary jury process and recommended Top 25 photographs to the Grand Jury panel that comprised of eminent international, national and regional professionals, viz. Aida Muluneh (Ethiopia), Akintunde Akinleye (Nigeria), Dinesh Khanna (Gurgaon), Rafique Sayyed (Mumbai), Sudhir John Horo (Ranchi), Rishi Singhal (Gandhinagar), Sugandha Dubey (Gurgaon), Robin Banerjee (Kolkata), Mukesh Srivastava (Dhanbad), Ashok Karan (Ranchi) and Sanjay Bose (Ranchi). After a very elaborate process, the grand jury has been able to rank these shortlisted 25 photographs and the organisers have thereby been able to identify the Grand Prize Winner.

To conclude this engrossing initiative, IPRD is organizing an Award Ceremony on the 28th of December at Audrey House in Ranchi to declare the Grand Prize Winner, confer awards and certificates to the winners and felicitate photographers from Jharkhand who comprised the Grand Jury of the contest. The Grand Prize Winner shall win a 3-day trip to Belgrade, Serbia where the winner will be able interact with local photographers and undertake a short photography assignment. (Photography is a very popular visual art-form in Serbia with a very vibrant photography sub-culture, manifested through its numerous photo clubs.) The Top 10 photographers shall be rewarded with professional bags for photography equipment and Top 11-Top 15 shall receive gift hampers from Jharcraft. All the Top 25 photographers shall receive a certificate and a copy each of specially autographed book by one of India's leading photographers.

The award ceremony shall be followed by the inauguration of the Picture Jharkhand Photography Exhibition which shall showcase the winning entries from the contest as well as feature some of the selected works of Robin Banerjee, Mukesh Srivastava, Ashok Karan and Sanjay Bose – senior photographers from Jharkhand. The exhibition shall be open every day to the public during the Picture Jharkhand Photo Week (29th of December to 4th of January) at Audrey House. During the Photo Week, Audrey House shall be abuzz with various activities that will include photo-walks during the daytime, interactive presentations in the evening and food tasting of unique Jharkhand cuisine (as part of a special Taste Jharkhand initiative spearheaded by the Department of Hotel Management, Institute of Science and Management, Ranchi). Regular daily updates can be followed on Picture Jharkhand's facebook page and twitter handles.

IPRD is keen to use this platform to encourage the youth in Jharkhand to try photography not just as a hobby but also as a viable career path. During the Photo Week, IPRD intends to enthuse photographers to explore, discover and document the Heritage, Culture, Lifestyle and Youth of the city of Ranchi through Photo-walk sessions under the guidance of professional and reputed photographers. These photo-walks are being organized in partnership with Jharkhand Photographic Association and Department of Mass Communications, St. Xavier's College, Ranchi. These photo walks are open to all at no cost. However, there are limited seats, available at first come, first served basis. More details on this and the participation process can be found on www.picturejharkhand.com.

For more details, contact
Avinash Kumar
Assistant Director
Information and Public Relations Department
Government of Jharkhand

CONTEST THEME

JHARKHAND:
Its Land,
People and
Culture

प्रतियोगिता थीम

झारखंड:
इसकी भूमि,
लोग और
संस्कृति

Top 25 entries

Result of PICTURE JHARKHAND PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST 2017
as announced at Audrey House

28 Dec

Grand Prize Winner

SUNIL KUMAR Simdega (Wins a 3-day photography trip to Belgrade)

SUDIPTO DAS Kolkata SOMENATH MUKHOPADHYAY Suri DEBDATTA CHAKRABORTY Kolkata PRANAB BASAK Kolkata SHARMISTHA HALDAR Bokaro SANTANU DAS Suri MD MUNTAZIR Ramgarh PREMJIT MONDAL Dhanbad PRAKASH KESHRI Ranchi

(professional photographers bag from Lowe Pro) (Please collect your bags from IPRD office in Suchana Bhawan on January 10)

ANKUSH KASERA Bokaro SIDHARTH RAJ Kolkata UMANG SONI Ranchi SAIKAT CHATTOPADHYA Daltonganj HARDEEP SINGH Ranchi

(gift hamper from Jharcraft)

TAPAS DAS Jamshedpur CHANDAN PAUL Dhanbad UTTAM MANDAL Jamshedpur MANOB CHOWDHURY Ranchi PRANJAL KUMAR Ranchi

(gift hamper from Jharcraft))

SANJEET SWARNKAR Dhanbad ABHAY KUMAR Ranchi GAURAV KUMAR Jamshedpur SHIVAM GUPTA Chakradharpur ABHAY RAI Ranchi


All those who have could not attend the event to collect their prizes from Shri Avinash Kumar Assistant Director, IPRD Suchana Bhawan between 3rd and 5th January.


The ranking of the Top 25 photographers
will be declared during a special event
in Audrey House, Ranchi on December 28.

The announcement of the ranking
will be followed by a prize distribution
ceremony and the opening
of a week-long exhibition.

The works of these Top 25 photographers
are currently being examined and evaluated
by the Grand Jury that comprises of –

AIDA MULUNEH
Photographer, Artist, Cultural Entrepreneur

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE
Photojournalist, Reuters

Lagos, Nigeria
DINESH KHANNA
Photographer, Author
Gurgaon, India
RAFIQUE SAYED
Photographer
Mumbai, India
RISHI SINGHAL
Photographer, Academician
Gandhinagar, India
ROBIN BANERJEE
Photographer, Author
Kolkata, India
SUDHIR JOHN HORO
Communication Designer
SUGANDHA DUBEY
Cultural Entrepreneur
Gurgaon, India
ASHOK KARAN
Photojournalist
Ranchi, Jharkhand
MUKESH SRIVASTAVA
Photographer, Engineer, Author
Dhanbad, Jharkhand
SANJAY BOSE
Photographer and Filmmaker
Ranchi, Jharkhand


GRAND PRIZE

Best Entry


Win a trip to Serbia!

The photographer with the best entry will win a 3 day trip to Serbia


30 MORE PRIZES

  • Top 1 - Top 10: Lowe Pro Professional Photographers Essential Bag
  • Top 11 – Top 15: Gift hampers from Jharcraft
  • Top 16 – Top 25: Author signed books by one of India's leading photographers
  • Certificate of recognition
    for Top 25