Gangtok, 26 July 2012:
Six days long Photography Exhibition cum Competition organized by the IPR Department concluded here at Gangtok. The valedictory function was graced by Secretary IPR Department, KS Topgay, as the Chief Guest along with the judges of the competition, Kiran Rasaily and Raman Shrestha.
The first prize was awarded to the photograph titled ‘Make a wish, take a chance’ by Satyam Rai of Gangtok, and the second prize to the photograph titled ‘Pug marks’ by Karchoong Diyali of Gangtok.
Addressing from the chair, the Secretary congratulated the winners and thanked the participants and also expressed his hope to witness more participation in the future too. The objectives behind the competition were to project local talents and encourage them to expose their artistic ability, he notified. He suggested the participations and artists to come forward with their ideas and interact with the Department to promote the field of photography. The Department will always try to provide a platform to the talents of the State, he added.
In his address Kiran Rasaily said that the judges had a tough time in judging the competition as all the photographs were unique and beautiful in its own way. He also appreciated the works done by the photographers and the Department. Raman Shrestha also shared his views on the occasion.
While talking to SIKKIM MAIL, winner Satyam Rai expressed his happiness over his win. “I am really overwhelmed. This Competition has in a way motivated me to go further,” he said. Photography has always been a subject of interest to this the 21 year old, who is a final year student at SMIT, Majitar at present. “I am into photography since my 12th Standard and would like to pursue it further,” he added. Rai has already participated in many photography Competitions before and has also stood as a winner a number of times. He derives his inspirations from eminent photographers like ST Wangdi and Anubhav Sood.
The winners were presented a certificate and cash award of Rs 25,000/- and Rs 20,000/- respectively. Three consolation awards with a certificate and cash prize of Rs 10,000/- each were also presented to Gyaltsen Lama, Chewang Bonpo and Kunga Tashi Lepcha of Gangtok. The Department had received 532 photographs from more than 80 participants out of which 54 photographs were shortlisted for the final round of the Competition and displayed for Exhibition.