Sometime last year,photographer Ranjit Oberoi was at the Sabzi Mandi railway station,waiting for his train,when he saw a curious sight. A group of men was sitting on steel benches in a vestibule meant only for women. A stray dog was lying on the floor, says the 46-year-old street photographer,whose previous exhibition was incidentally on the street dogs of India. Oberoi whipped out his Nikon F-80 and clicked away,little realising that he had a sure-shot winner. His Delhi picture Only Women is the winner in the India category of the first ever Nat Geo Moment Awards,an online photo contest of the television channel,which got over 30,000 entries from professional and amateur photographers. There were five categories India,People,Landscape,Wildlife and Global Warming. The entries were judged by Mike Pandey,Pradeep Dasgupta and Israr Qureshi.
The other winners are Punes Amitabh Chaturvedi whose Hunting Cormorant won in the Wildlife category; Alwar-based Samar Guptas Power of Air in the Global Warming category; Kolkata-based photographer Sudipto Dass Friendship showing an old man with a walking stick in the People category; and Charley Josephs Shadow in the Landscape category. Florida-based Siddhardha Gariges Lunch on the Way was chosen as the Grand Winner.