IHC calls entries for Habitat Photosphere Award

New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) Here’s good news for shutterbugs: India Habitat Centre has announced awards for photographers to create a body of work on the theme of sustainable development.

Four awards of Rs.200,000 award each will be given, part of a year-long photography festival titled Habitat Photosphere initiated by IHC and curated by eminent art historian Alka Pande. The works of the four awardees will then be exhibited in a month-long exhibition at the IHC in December 2016.

An eight-member jury, consisting of a wide range of experts from photography, art, curators, filmmakers to environmentalists, political thinkers and socio-cultural scientists will select the awardees. The jury will judge the applicant on the basis of of idea, craft, technical skill with relevance to the theme of sustainable development.

The award is open to all photographers and artists using either fixed or moving lens to direct their work and the last date of submission is February 5, 2016. The final art work could be in the form of photographs, videos, photo installations, animations or a large photo book.

The award money will cover the expenses related to travel and research undertaken by the photographer, said a statement from IHC. The IHC will bear the expense of the document, printing and mounting of the exhibition.

The four selected awardees can create photographic work which could be in the form of a photo, photo animation, photo book, photo installation, video, or a short documentary of not more than 25 minutes.

The winners will be given six months after the announcement of award to produce a body of work. The advisory group and mentors Aditya Arya, Bandeep Singh, Prabir Purkayastha and Parthiv Shah will be involved with process of mentoring the awardees and curating their project. The details of application procedure can be accessed from http://www.indiahabitat.org/download/mission_statement.pdf

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