CHENNAI: A broken, toothless smile in monochrome, dew drops on the windows of a car with blurry pink flowers in the background…carrying a bit of India on every frame were photographs by non-
professional lensmen and expatriates from the country at the 19th Annual Beautiful India Expatriate Photo Competition.
Conducted by Global Adjustments for the past 19 years, this year, there were 730 photographs displayed, which were taken by 61 participants, from all over the world.
“There’s a lot of beauty but we take it for granted since we’re here. But expatriates manage to see India differently and bring in the vibrant colours onto the frame,” says
Ranjini Manian, founder, Global Adjustments.
Christophe Thibout from France has been living in the city for three-and-a-half years. Photography is his hobby, and he says, “I went a small village near Periyampallyam and saw young girls walking in the field together.
The colours of their clothes and flower on their hair, the grass and the sky…everything was intriguing. More than anything, I try to capture the mood through the colours on display.”
The competition included around seven categories such as the theme of Digital India, ‘humour’, ‘faces’, ‘places’ et al. Kathlijn Fruith from Belgium was the winner of the competition for her photograph titled ‘Flowers At The Temple’.
Working at the Belgian embassy in the city, Kathlijn frequently takes her camera out to capture the beauty around her. “I even went on a trip to Varanasi for three days just for taking photographs. It’s only a passion though,” she smiles.
With over 700 photographs to choose from, the judges were Jochen Stallkamp, MD, BMW, Chennai, Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire, 2008) singer Tanvi Shah, and renowned photographer Satyajit Dhananjayan.
With winners chosen anonymously, the judges had to solely focus on the adherence to the theme apart from techniques involved. “Apart from the basic guideline to the quality of the photo, we looked at how they actually connected with their subjects. As a photographer, I was not subjective but focused on the photographer’s emotion through their works,” says Satyajit.