Mysore photojournalist wins PIEA contest

Staff Correspondent

The winning entry, ‘Eyes Never Age’, was taken in a village in Kutch

MYSORE: ‘Eyes Never Age’, a photograph by Shamanth Patil J. of Mysore, has bagged first prize in a competition organised by the prestigious Photo Imaging Education Association (PIEA) in the single image category. The photojournalist, who is currently a student of the Shari Academy of Photography, Mumbai took the photograph in a remote village in Kutch, Gujarat. The image beat 1,452 entries from 132 countries to bag the award; the contest was open to students of professional photography.

The picture will be on display at the PMA 2010 International Convention and Trade Show at the Anaheim Convention Centre, California, from February 21 to 23.

Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Patil said that he was elated on finding out that he had won the award. “I never expected to win,” he said, “but I did.”

Born in Mysore in 1985, Mr. Patil, son of cultural personality M. Jayaram Patil, studied Journalism and English Literature in Maharaja College and took his MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Mysore, winning two gold medals.

A disciple of the legendary photojournalist T.S. Satyan, Mr. Patil is also the winner of the Micro-Finance Insight Magazine Photography Contest 2009, in the individual category. Mr. Patil said that he developed a passion for photography when he was five years old.“When I was doing my BA in Journalism, I bought a Cosina-CIS, an SLR camera for Rs. 7,000, the cheapest I could find, and took a picture of a yawning cat. Satyan, who was my father’s friend, was impressed by the image and agreed to take me as his student. I learnt a lot from the master craftsman for nearly two years”, he said.

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