India 8th December 2023 In a resounding success, Sony BBC Earth concludes the third edition of ‘Earth In Focus’, a month-long photography contest that beckoned participants of all skill levels to encapsulate the essence of India through the art of photography. The contest, featuring subcategories such as Wildlife, Portraits, and Monuments, received an astounding 6030 entries, with an impressive 124,490 votes during the public voting phase.
The category winners and top 15 photographers were selected by eminent photographer and industry stalwart Mr. Supreet Sahoo. Arun Kumar, Luqmaan Zeerak, and Dhruv Shilpi emerged as the winners in the Monuments, Portraits, and Wildlife categories, respectively. They will be honoured with a SONY ZV-1F Vlog Camera along with getting a chance to feature on the Sony BBC Earth channel. Furthermore, the top 15 photographers across the three categories will receive an exclusive opportunity to refine their craft under the guidance of Mr. Supreet Sahoo.
The contest was promoted with a host of engaging activities with Phoenix Market City, Kurla as the on-ground partner. It added a vibrant dimension to the contest, fostering community participation. With doodle walls set up for people to colour the same and day-long workshops on tips and tricks to mastering the doodle skills, the event was well-received by people of all ages. Also, a workshop on photography was organized where people were taken through the basics of photography and lights. The success of ‘Earth In Focus’ underscores Sony BBC Earth’s commitment to being the greatest storyteller globally, with a mission to inspire positive change through visual narratives.
The contest timeline, from entry submission to judge’s review, culminated in the eagerly awaited winner announcement in the first week of December.
For further details about ‘Earth In Focus’, including submission guidelines and updates, please visit https://www.sonybbcearth.com/Earthinfocus/. Each participant had the opportunity to vote for three entries, one under each category.
Rohan Jain, Business Operations Head – Sony AATH and Head – Marketing & Insights, English Cluster, Sony Pictures Networks India
“Earth In Focus has become a distinct platform for individuals to narrate compelling stories through the medium of photography. The contest not only celebrated the technical prowess of photographers but also served as a canvas for participants to articulate profound narratives about the world around them. This sentiment aligns with Sony BBC Earth’s overarching mission to make people feel alive by allowing them to follow and showcase their passion”.
Supreet Sahoo, an acclaimed birdwatcher and award-winning photographer specialising in Tropical bird photography
“Immersing myself in the tapestry of diverse and captivating entries was nothing short of a thrilling adventure. Witnessing the Pride of India theme unfold, I found myself navigating a dynamic and vibrant landscape of perspectives, turning the judging process into an electrifying journey. It was both a challenge and a reward, as each photograph contributed to an amazing mosaic of narratives, breathing life into the essence of Earth In Focus”.