Honorable mention at MFI Press Photo Contest 2012

Fistful of Dreams. © Nishant Ratnakar

The journey of my photo project, Fistful of Dreams, is far from over. I am delighted to share the news that It has just been recognized in a nationwide photojournalism contest organised in India.

Fistful of Dreams won the Honorable mention in the Best Photo Story category of the Media Foundation of India‘s National Press Photo Contest 2012. The first and the second prize in the category went to The Associated Press agency photographers Rafiq Maqbool and Dar Yasin respectively for their photo stories done in Afghanistan. The 3rd prize was won by Zishaan Akbar Latif.  The Best Photo Story category received a total of  174 entries, out of which only the four stories mentioned above, including mine, were awarded.

The coveted Best Picture of the year  was won by Mandhar Deodhar of India Today magazine. All the winning entries can be seen at the following link http://www.mfi.org.in/contests.html

Fistful of Dreams was originally realized as a Multimedia Photo Story Project. Later, it was published as Photo Book and subsequently as an e-book. I had worked on this project alongside a Full-scholarship Photojournalism diploma awarded by the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

Fistful of Dreams is an ongoing project to foreground the issues of gender and racial discrimination in India. In the first year of this project I had embed myself into the lives of six-year-old Palguni and her family, with the hope that their story will contribute in building awareness and creating a strong wave of public opinion to safeguard the rights of girls in India.

The message in the story has been taken to audience in all possible platforms including exhibitions, digital exhibitions, live presentations and interactive sessions. Some of the avenues where Fistful of Dreams was shown to public include the Open Shows (Bangalore and Hyderabad), the inaugural Delhi Photo Festival 2011 (New Delhi, India) , Angkor Photo Festival 2011 (Siem Reap, Cambodia) , Dali International Photography Festival 2011 (Dali, China).

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Nishant is a Bangalore, India based Wedding, Portrait & Editorial Photographer. He is available for assignments across India. He also conducts photography workshops and offers personal photography mentorship.
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Wow!… brilliant stuff. Congratz.

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