Neel Dongre Awards/Grants in India for Excellence in Photography supported by ZEISS and India Photo Archive Foundation

May 24, 2017 ZEISS LENSPIRE Team

ZEISS is honored to be supporting the Neel Dongre Awards/Grants for Excellence in Photography. The award was established in January, 2012. Neel Dongre (1944-2009) was one of the most successful entrepreneurs in India who took a keen interest in mentoring young people, encouraged them to dream, and helped them fulfil their ambitions. The grants are aimed at recognizing young and emerging and active photo practitioners who demonstrate talent and the passion to communicate with visuals. The awards are offered to serious practitioners as recognition for exemplary work in their genre.  A corpus fund of Rs. 50 Lakhs was created, with support from Mrs. Urmila Dongre.

The awards/grants have seen five successful years, with over 30 recipients, many of whom being emerging photographers then, are now doing exemplary work in the field of documentary photography and photojournalism. This year we are honored to announce ZEISS as a lead supporter of Neel Dongre Awards/Grants for Excellence in Photography 2017-18.

Curator & Jury – Aditya Arya and Parthiv Shah

Managing Committee – The awards are administered by a Managing Committee consisting of Mrs. Urmilla Dongre, Parthiv Shah, Aditya Arya (Trustee), Premola Ghose, Asha Rani Mathur and artists and designers invited to be on the committee for a period of two years.

Award – The award, Rs. 1 Lakh, will be offered to a photography practitioner who has shown consistent and exemplary work in his/her genre. 

Grant – The grants will be offered to photographers in the early stages of their careers and have the inclination to take it further at a more serious level. The grant will be given to 6 individuals, as a financial assistance of Rs. 25,000 – Rs. 50,000. 

The recipients of the Awards/Grants will be given the opportunity to create a body of work on the announced theme which will finally culminate into a collaborative exhibition for two weeks, previously held at the India International Centre.

Theme for Neel Dongre Awards/Grants for Excellence in Photography 2017-18: Vanishing Lines – The Urban Villages

Inviting Submissions for ‘Vanishing Lines – The Urban Villages’

This macrocosm is mini India within the developed cities, where people live, work, produce, celebrate. We invite submissions for ‘Vanishing Lines – The Urban Villages’ from interested participants on their perspective of urban villages that have caught their attention. The theme is open to the visual interpretation of any aspect of these urban villages that is defining, meaningful and significant in the context of not only the history and anthropology but also the evolution of our rapidly changing cities in the face of urbanization.

We would like the photo grant/award recipients to take a visual journey for the next seven months in the narrow streetscapes of these urban villages that have grown organically.

Click here to read the rules of submission.

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