Vice President Mohd. Hamid
Ansari going around the exhibition organised on the occasion of the
presentation ceremony of the 1st National Photo Awards 2010. Union
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Mrs. Ambika Soni, Minister
of State for Information and Broadcasting Choudhury Mohan Jatua and
other dignitaries are also seen.
New Delhi: Vice President Hamid
Ansari on August 19 conferred four eminent photojournalists,
including India's first lady photojournalist Homai Vyarwalla, with
Life-Time Achievement awards.
Vyarawalla and Delhi-based S Paul won the lifetime achievement
awards by Photojournalists while Benu Sen, author of the famous
publication ''Art of Photography'', and K G Maheshwari from Mumbai
bagged the honours in the Pictorialists category.
"The photography in the modern sense dates back to the 19th century
and much before the painting of Bhimbhetka rock Caves in Madhya
Pradesh, Ajantha caves. Modern photography in India has an excellent
pedigree," Ansari said while giving away the awards.
prestigious award included a cash prize of Rs 1.50 lakhs, a shawl, a
memento and a citation.
awards commemorate the Golden Jubillee of the establishment of Photo
Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni and
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting C M Jatua were
present on the occasion.
"Photography contributed thousands of universal images that
resonates in human minds and also through the pages of history. It
requires instinct, artistic ability and the talent to catch art and
visual moments at the spur of the moment," Ambika Soni said.