india-news

Magic shot of Jharkhand uranium toll wins top award

Mumbai, Sep 6 : A Delhi-based woman freelance photo-journalist Chinky Shukla has bagged the top honour at the 3rd MFI-YES Bank National Press Photo Contest 2013, an official said here Friday.


Shukla's photographic essay of the stark burial ceremonies of a two-year-old tribal child near Jadugoda in Jharkhand state's uranium belt has won the "Picture of the Year Award".

The photo-essay, entitled "Jadugoda: The Nuclear Graveyard" provides a glimpse into the environmental impact of uranium mining on the local villagers in the minefield region.

The award winning entry was unanimously selected by an international jury comprising Pablo Bartholomew, Saurabh Das and Rafeeq Ellias.

Over 8,000 pictures sent by more than 340 photographers competed under six categories for the Media Foundation of India contest.

Shukla (27) will be given the grand prize of Rs.75,000 and other winners will receive Rs.50,000, Rs.30,000 and Rs.20,000 at a ceremony to be held later this year.

"I am totally thrilled. It is good for the cause. More people will get to know about Jadugoda and nuclear radiation. For me, that's more important than the prize," reacted Shukla at the announcement.

Describing it as "a very difficult story to shoot", Shukla said she had to first convince the tribals why she was there before she could click pictures. Then, during her three-week sojourn, she heard about the sudden death of the two-year-old Babua and managed to get the shot, which proved to be a prize-winner.

Earlier, Shukla has explored visual narratives on diverse subjects like problems of e-waste, widows of Vrindavan and Varanasi, Delhi's 70-acre garbage landfill and the life of workers in Mumbai's salt pans, among many other assignments across India.

--IANS (Posted on 06-09-2013)

india-news headlines

'Gujarat model: It is about economic freedom, innovation, pride'

PoK Refugees continue to live without cultural identity

Ajit Pawar threat video: AAP complains to EC

India, US poised on more collaborative path: Envoy

Poll panel allows Amit Shah to resume campaign

PETA urges health ministry to ban sale of animal-tested products

'Restrain government from going ahead with search for Lokpal'

Congress government survived because of CBI: Narendra Modi

CAG can audit telecom operators: Supreme Court

Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP of dividing country

Over 69 percent voting in Udhampur: CEO

Media promotes AAP, not Left: CPI-M

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top