Mangaluru’s Vivek Gowda and Shravan win Askaray Photography Award


Mangaluru-based photographers Vivek Gowda and BM Shravan have won the prestigious 2022 Askary Award which was presented at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bengaluru on Saturday.

Vivek Gowda, a young photographer based in Mangaluru, has won the prestigious Askaray Photo Award instituted by the Youth Photographic Society, Bengaluru, for his series of photos on the Intha fishermen of Myanmar.  The award was presented to him in absentia in Bangalore on Saturday.

Vivek Gowda, a young photographer based in Mangaluru, has won the prestigious Askaray Photo Award instituted by the Youth Photographic Society, Bengaluru, for his series of photos on the Intha fishermen of Myanmar. The award was presented to him in absentia in Bangalore on Saturday. | Photo credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Mr Gowda received the award in absentia through his relative AE Vinay from senior photographer and senior member of the Youth Photographic Society MS Hebbar. Mr. Gowda won the prize for his series of photos on the “Intha fishermen” of Myanmar, while Mr. Shravan won the prize for his series on baby tigers (tiger dance).

One of Vivek Gowda's photographs.

One of Vivek Gowda’s photographs. | Photo credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The award was instituted in 1997 in memory of Shahrukh Askary Hameed to encourage Karnataka’s photographic talents. It is organized annually by the YPS for photographers under the age of 35 from Karnataka.

‘Intha Fishermen’ documents the dying fishing practices of Intha fishermen, a traditional community on Inle Lake in Myanmar.

One of Vivek Gowda's photographs.

One of Vivek Gowda’s photographs. | Photo credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Mr Gowda had submitted four photographs from his series for the award.

The judging panel was made up of travel photographer Srinath Narayan, creative photographer Girish Mayachari and YPS co-secretary Prema Kakade, a statement said.

One of Vivek Gowda's photographs.

One of Vivek Gowda’s photographs. | Photo credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

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