In­ter­na­tional Photo Com­pe­ti­tion is open

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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.

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