Friday, January 22, 2016

Call for Application for Habitat Photosphere Award for Photographers

The India Habitat Centre (IHC), New Delhi has announced four awards of Rs 2.00 lakh each to be given to four selected Indian photographers to create a body of work on the theme of sustainable development. The award is part of a year-long photography festival titled Habitat Photosphere initiated by IHC and curated by eminent art historian Dr Alka Pande. The selection of the four Indian photographers (age no bar) is through open call for participation. The works of these four awardees will then be exhibited in a month-long exhibition at the India Habitat Centre in December 2016.

The last date of submission of application is February 5, 2016. The award is open to all photographers and artists using either fixed or moving lens to direct their work. The final art work could be in the form of photographs, videos, photo installations, animations or a large photo book. The details of application procedure can be found on:

The award of Rs.2 lakh will cover the expenses related to travel and research undertaken by the photographer. The IHC shall bear the expense of the document/catalogue/book, printing and mounting of the exhibition in the outdoor spaces of the India Habitat Centre. The selected four awardees can create photographic work, which could be in the form of a photo, photo animation, photo book, photo installation, video, or a short documentary of not more than 25 minutes.
An eight member jury consisting of a wide range of experts from photographers, artists, curators, filmmakers to environmentalists, political thinkers, and socio-cultural scientists will select the 4 awardees. The jury will judge the applicant on the basis of innovation of idea, craft, technical skill compounded with relevance to the theme of sustainable development.

The winners will be given 6 months after the announcement to produce a body of work. The advisory group and mentors Aditya Arya, Bandeep Singh, Prabir Purkayastha and Parthiv Shah will be involved with process of mentoring the awardees and curating their project which is inclusive of selection + printing and production process + display of the artworks. A body of work developed especially for the month long exhibition from 1st - 31st December 2016, by all four photographers which would be showcased outdoors for maximum interaction with visitors to the India Habitat Centre. This would also channelize their thinking and energies on the broad theme of environmental damage, restoration and preservation.

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