A team of two students and a professor from Jamia Millia Islamia have won the Asia round of the Sony World Photography Awards; their next stop is Cannes,where they will pit their pictures against winners from other continents.
Even as he prepares for Cannes,Farhat Basir Khan,Professor,Media and Communication,AJK Mass Communication Research Centre,Jamia Millia Islamia,says,This is a proud moment for India in the world of photography.
The two winning photographs Fallen Angels by Pranab Aich and With Each Diamond Eye by Neal Karthik were compelling compositions that captured the moment while simultaneously looking at the big picture, he says. The pictures address the competitions theme,environment,with humour and irony. In Fallen Angels,broken eggs lie on a barren road while a cyclist emerges from the background. With Each Diamond Eye is about Kalinga Nagar in Orissa which feeds the construction demands of the fastest growing steel hub of India. This is where flows the Baitarani river. During monsoon,the Baitrani takes on a life of its own and washes away what we have taken from it. Poetic justice, explains Khan.