Shri Bimal Julka, Secretary, I&B, conferred the 4th National Photography Awards to eminent photographers at a function organized by the Photo Division, under the aegis of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting at the National Media Centre, New Delhi. The award function was attended by noted cinematographer, Shri Santosh Sivan and Chairman of the Jury Committee, Shri Anil Risal Singh.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Julka said that the National Awards were meant to pay salutations to the greatest and the best from photography profession. The Ministry of I&B and the Photo Division acted as catalyst/ facilitators to create a dynamic environment. The Awards assumed significance as they brought together the most talented and skillful men and women behind the lens and the screen in an assembly to display their artistic expression.
Shri Julka also gave an overview of the one day workshop on photography and videography held yesterday and mentioned that the ministry would work proactively to organize similar workshops for the North East and J&K shortly. For this purpose the views of experts at the workshop had been collated and the unanimous view was that the Ministry should facilitate the emerging trends with reference to skill upgradation in these regions.
Secretary also mentioned that the Ministry would consider the recommendations of the Jury Committee on suggestions given. Complimenting Shri Patel for the Life Time Achievement Award, Shri Julka stated that the award was being bestowed upon a legendary photographer who had made extensive and excellent contributions in various fields of photography at both the national and international level.