City-based freelance photo journalist T. Srinivasa Reddy created a record of sorts by bagging seven prestigious awards in one go.
US-based Indian artist and recipient of Padmasri, S.V. Rama Rao, at a press conference organised by the Andhra Arts Academy, spoke about the extraordinary talent of Mr. Reddy in photography.
He said that until now, the maximum number of awards won by a single artist at one go was four.
The honours bestowed on Mr. Reddy in different categories included three fellowships, two excellencies and two associateships.
The three fellowships offered are India International Photographic Council, New Delhi, Federation of Indian Photography, Kolkata and Photography Society of Singapore. The British Royal Photography, London and British Professional Photographers Associates, United Kingdom, have offered associateships.
In the past, Mr. Reddy has also won coveted awards such as Ramnath Goenka Award in photo journalism in 2010 and M.A. Rahim Best Photo Journalist Award by Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Around 2,687 of his photographs have found place in international photo salons. while the mantle piece at his home is overcrowded with 96 medals, 328 awards and 569 certificates of merit received from various international photo societies.
Native of a tiny village located on the banks of River Krishna, in Vijayawada, Mr. Reddy captured and displayed in world photography galleries his masterpieces on the life of tribal families in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.
He is a member of the India International Photographic Council, an affiliated body of Photography Society of America.