International Photo Competition is open
If photography is your forte and you have an archive of some splendid photographs that are yet to be seen or made public, it’s time to show so now.
Registration has been opened for International Photo Competition (IPC) since Thursday last week. The photo competition is an event which is running as part of the first annual Bhutan International Festival (BhIF) in collaboration with Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre. (NWCC) The competition is open to both local photographers and photographers from around the world.
The photography curator and senior coordinator of BhIF, Upasana Dahal, said the competition would render a platform to all photographers to showcase their works. “People should look forward to going to NWCC. We are really excited to see what kinds of photographs come,” she added.
Themed ‘In The Moment’, photos submitted for the competition would be judged based on the criteria of theme, creativity, technicality and composition. A panel of four judges – two National Geographic photographers and two local photographers - will be judging the entries for the competition.
An individual competitor can, meanwhile, submit a maximum of two photos for the competition with a photo caption not exceeding 50 words. The other required details are location of the photograph, the time taken and adherence to the theme. They are also mandatorily required to pay a registration fee of USD 20 or Nu 1,200 to participate in the competition.
The photo entries for the photography competition will be on exhibition starting February 16 till February 23 at NWCC in Thimphu. The results will also be declared on February 16. However, prizes would be distributed on February 21, coinciding with His Majesty the King’s Birth Anniversary. The top three photo entries would win Nu 50,000 (or camera equivalent), Nu 30,000 (or camera equivalent), and Nu 15,000 (or camera equivalent) respectively.
“The good part of the competition is that there will also be an opportunity for spectators to vote for people’s choice award from the prize winning photo entries and the selection of the best submitted photos that will be on exhibition for the duration of the festival,” Upasana Dahal said.
Two international photographers have, meanwhile, registered for IPC as of last week. However, organizers feel that more participants would turn in as they run to the event. “We are at least expecting 30 photo entries,” the photography curator said.
Another component of BhIF’s photography event is the collection of selected pictures from all Bhutanese and international photographers to showcase their selected works. These photos would be then displayed at festival locations such as Centenary Park and Clock Tower Square.
An event has also been planned on February 16 for all local photographers to come together, converse, share ideas and keep photography alive. “It will also offer an avenue where top international photographers can have conversation, collaborate and share ideas with local ones. It’s an ideal art festival. And photography is an important art,” Upasana Dahal said.
The last date for registering for the photography competition is on February 4.
BhIF, meanwhile, is a non-profit annual event – working to build a resilient platform for the ongoing support of the creative arts in Bhutan. It’s a firstof-its-kind festival to promote, exhibit and depict Bhutanese arts, music and culture to international and local communities beginning from February 14-23 this year.
The main objective of BhIF is to highlight and promote Bhutanese artists and performers of all genres and give them a platform to showcase and collaborate with international artists. It’s envisaged that this will also provide them an opportunity to display and expand their talents, products and outlets.