Anshul Mehrotra (class of 2013) is a Jamia student in the AJK Mass Communication Research Center (AJK-MCRC). He is enrolled in the P.G. Diploma in Still Photography & Visual Communication program. Anshul has been named a finalist for the Student Focus competition, which is part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards (Link). He is one of the 10 finalists from over 280 universities across the globe and will represent India at the competition in London on April 27, 2013.
On learning that he had been shortlisted for the award, Anshul is quoted to have said: “I was on cloud nine when I got to hear the wonderful news. I immediately shared the great news with family and friends. I believe it’s a great achievement for a student like me to receive such an honor at an international level. I feel very excited about the final brief now.”
About the Picture:
According to a news article, Anshul was assigned to cover Chhath Puja celebrations for his class assignment. “I was on a flyover at Kalindi Kunj and saw these two kids on a rickshaw on their way to Chhath celebrations. They were holding hands, and for me this was the perfect moment in which both exuded happiness and real celebration,” Anshul is quoted to have said about his shortlisted picture titled “Over the Top.”
Talking about the picture in an interview with Jamia Journal, Anshul said that according to the rules, you could only send one image from one institute, and this particular picture was selected to be that one special picture from Jamia. “The picture is very close to my heart,” Anshul remarked.
Aside from the prestige Anshul will gain if he wins the competition, his work will also be showcased at Somerset House in London. In addition, Jamia will receive photography equipment worth 35,000 Euros, since submissions to the competition are sent by the institute.
Also, apart from what he will get if he wins, Anshul has already received an Alpha 65 camera with two camera lenses from Sony and a trip to London to attend the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony as one of the 10 finalists.
“I am happy to have come this far. It is a great platform, and my hobby has found a direction now,” Anshul is quoted to have said.
For more on Anshul Mehrotra and the winning image, visit his profile on the World Photography Organization website here: Link.
Presently, Anshul’s other work, along with his classmates, is on exhibit at the M.F. Husain Art Gallery till April 6th as part of the Photopia 2013 Photo Exhibit.
You can also visit his photography facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/thinkphotos
Interview with Anshul Mehrotra:
Listen to a short interview of Anshul with Jamia Journal here: