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Smithsonian Magazine’s Photo Contest Finalists Announced
The Smithsonian magazine has revealed 60 fi nalists for their 15th annual photo contest. This year, 48,000 entries were sent in from155 countries, amongst which fi ve Indian photographers have been shortlisted. Vikas Datta was selected for his landscape image in the Natural World category; Debashish Mukherjee for capturing a boatman reading a newspaper; Yusuf Chiniwala’s image of Yaks at Pangong lake in the Travel category; Swaroop Singha Roy’s image of a deer stag in the forest in the Altered Images category, and Sirsendu Gayen’s photograph of Gangasagar Mela in the Mobile category.
New Delhi Police Manhandles Photojournalist
Anushree Fadnavis, a photojournalist with Hindustan Times, was physically assaulted by the Delhi police along with two other reporters, while covering a march by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students and teachers to Parliament to urge to meet several demands including academic freedom on March 23. The police tried to stop the march near the Safdarjung flyover with a lathi charge, and used water cannons on the marchers, as well as the journalists. After ceasing the use of water cannons, Vidyadhar Singh, Delhi Cantonment station house officer, attacked the journalists in the service lane of Brigadier Hoshiar Singh Marg. Fadnavis was photographing a student being kicked on the ground when female officers converged on her and snatched away her camera. A video capturing the struggle was uploaded online, after which the police apologised. They also suspended a woman constable and a male head constable. It has been noted by many that the police’s aggressiveness towards journalists has increased in recent times.
Photojournalist Max Desfor Dies at 104
Max Desfor, a former Associated Press (AP) photographer, the ex-photo editor of US News & World Report, passed away on 19 February in Maryland, USA, due to complications from a stroke. He was 104 years old. Desfor began his career as a messenger and darkroom assistant with AP, in 1933. In June 1950, he volunteered to report on the Korean War, when the North invaded the South. He was awarded the Pulitzer prize for his photograph that showed of hundreds of Korean war refugees, crossing the destroyed Taedong river bridge, as they looked for security from Chinese troops (1950). Later, during World War II, in August 1945, he photographed the bomber Enola Gay, after the B-29 arrived in Tinian. In an Instagram post following his death, fellow photojournalist David Hume Kennerly, had this to say about Desfor... “Max was a photographer’s photographer: Brave. Intrepid. A brilliant newsman. He had a great run.”
Vikas Sathaye Awarded the Sci-Tech Oscars 2018
Vikas Sathaye and his team won the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award, at the Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards 2018, for the concept, design, engineering and implementation of the SHOTOVER K1 camera system. It is a 6-axis stabilised aerial camera mount, that has an enhanced ability to frame shots while looking straight down. Sathaye says, “The camera mount attaches to the base of a helicopter, which carries the camera and lens. Its primary function is to eliminate vibration which affects steady footage. The secondary function of the mount is to move the camera head in the desired direction as required by the operator who sits inside the helicopter and uses a joystick to control the camera movement.” Vikas was born in Pune, 1967. He completed his diploma in instrumentation from VPM’s Polytechnic, Thane, and graduated with a BE in electronics from VIT Pune. Later, he completed his M Tech in instrumentation from IISc.