Mr. Sarangapani has won a Landmark voucher worth Rs. 1000. ‘Divine Blessings’ is also part of an online photo gallery that will include inages from 11 other finalists, with comments on each image by Photo Editor D. Krishnan

Rajagopalan Sarangapani’s ‘Divine Blessings’ is the winner of The Hindu Shutterbug contest 'Traditional Chennai' in July. This edition of the contest saw Photo Editor D. Krishnan sift through images from twice the number of individual participants than the first.

Mr. Sarangapani has won a Landmark voucher worth Rs. 1,000. ‘Divine Blessings’ is also part of an online photo gallery that will include images from 11 other finalists. The photo gallery will include comments on each image by the Photo Editor.

That’s not all. Participate in the Readers’ Poll at www.facebook.com/chennaicentral. Pick your winner from among the finalists.

The finalists are – Karthik R. Yadav, S. Balasubramanian, Y. Prakash, Rohit Gautam, S. Deepan Sakaravarthy, Mahitha Murali, K. Kruthika, K.V. Anand, Don Jayasingh, Diwakar Vijayaraghavan, Abhay Shankar Meganathan.

The Photo Editor’s Take

Temple festivals and rituals are part of the culture and tradition of our city. This photograph captures the sprit of the festival with kolams on the street and men attired in silk panchakacham reciting hymns. The woman prostrating to the group wearing the traditional madisaar saree completes the picture.

Despite heavy reflected light from the background the photographer has exposed the scene maintaining a good balance between bright highlight and deep shadows. Good overall sharpness in colour and contrast.

Note: We received some other excellent pictures but could not consider them as they did not conform to the theme of the contest - D. Krishnan

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