During the COVID pandemic, we have launched India's first ever inclusive photography competition.
- These Photography competitions will be held in three parts. Each part is to be dazed on a specific theme – architecture, portraiture and nature.
- The goal of these competitions will be to challenge these expressions of art by all young adults irrespective of their abilities. This democratic platform of photography would be utilized by special young adults 16 years and above, and also, by neurotypical students (with valid student ID in any field) 18-26 years of age.
TAGMPE-I (The Anurag Gupta Memorial Photography Exposition I)
Instituted in the name of Late Anurag Gupta, an Indian institute of Management (Ahmedabad) alumni and an avid photographer, the exposition aims to recognize and promote the superhuman photographers. This is being done by offering free entry to participate in competitions and providing a platform for them to showcase their work and open the door to new opportunities.
The goal of the photography exposition was to challenge young photographers to capture architectural wonders. The competition was selected and curated by none other than Samar Jodha, of National Geography fame (https://samarsinghjodha.com/)!
Apart from monetary prizes up to Rs. 25,000, selected entries were showcased on 3-D virtual art galleries, The Art Sanctuary website, and was eligible for showcasing in our annual exhibition.
Announcing Competition Winners
Winners of first of its kind National Photography festival meant to promote talent and inclusivity for Special needs. Photographers were announced on 15th February 2021 at a colourful, well-structured online event.
The Anurag Gupta Memorial Photography Exposition attracted 500 entries from India, Europe and the US.
The exposition and contest received an overwhelming response with 500 entries. The entries included pieces of art created by the photographers focusing on architectural wonders of the world. The entries were received from across the world. Institutions like the NID, Ahmedabad, NIFTs from across the country, IIMs, and many others saw their students applying for this exposition in large numbers.
The goal of this photography exposition was to challenge, both neurotypical as well as neuro diverse young photographers, to capture architectural wonders. The photographs of these uniquely gifted young photographers were on display online at 3-D virtual art exhibition from Feb 15 to March 6, 2021. These galleries were leased from a company in the Asia Pacific region.
The 1st episode of this 3-part festival was supported by a large NGO, the Down Syndrome Federation of India. The organization, while dealing specifically for the cause of Down Syndrome in India, decided to sponsor an event which was inclusive – including all intellectual challenges, physical challenges and the typically growing student population too.
Samar Jodha, a well-known international photographer and installation artist was the judge for our event. He selected 50 entries to be displayed in our virtual gallery.
Category A - ‘specially abled young adults 16 years and above’
Category B - ‘neurotypical students between 18 - 26 years of age’
Our heartfelt congratulations to each of the winners.
For all those who participated but did not get selected, please know that we truly respect your photographs. Each communicated your story to us. Maybe next time we will understand your stories better? Do continue to shoot photos.
True to the cause and name, the exposition had 2 free, open to all, online workshops in photography.
- The first was conducted by Samar Jodha on ‘Perspectives in Engagement of Architectural Photography’. This was held on Feb 25, 2021.
- The second workshop was conducted by Mohit Ahuja on ‘Art of Storytelling through Photography’. This was conducted on March 4, 2021.
TAGMPE-II Portrait Photography Exposition
The goal of the photography exposition is to challenge young photographers to capture portraits of human beings. The competition has been selected and curated by none other than Samar Jodha, of National Geography fame (https://samarsinghjodha.com/)!
Apart from monetary prizes up to Rs. 25,000, selected entries will be showcased on 3-D virtual art galleries, The Art Sanctuary website, and is eligible for showcasing in our annual exhibition.
How to send :
# of Entries: Maximum 3 / person
Size of Entries: Maximum 300 dpi / image
Last date: 21st January 2021
What to send :
Disability details (if applicable),
Student details (institution, course, student ID)