Jul 31, 2018-The top 153 photographs from the 2018 iteration of Nepal Photo Contest will be put up on display at Nepal Art Council in Babarmahal for a week, starting August 1.
Narendra Shrestha’s photograph of Saptari-resident Dev Kumar Sada giving his eight-year old nephew, Kamal Sada, a water burial after the Tarai Floods of 2017 left no land to bury was announced the Photo of the Year—the premier honour—at this year’s contest.
Out of over 13,000 entries, 21 outstanding photographs were announced winners; the winners were declared under seven categories—Daily Life; News; Nature and Wildlife; Culture and Tourism; Nepal Smiles; Sports; and Photo Story.
The entries were adjudicated by a panel comprising Prateek Pradhan, Chandra Shekhar Karki, Mani Lama, Sujan Chitrakar, Prakash Mathema and Pablo Bartholomew.
While Shrestha bagged both the Photo of the Year, Sunita Dongol won the Daily Life category. Nature and Wildlife’s top prize went to Shree Ram Khatri, while Kiran Shrestha bagged the top honours for the Culture and Tourism category.
Likewise, Dipendra Roka won the Nepal Smiles category and Pratik Rayamajhi’s capture of the Everest Marathon trumped the rest in the Sports category. Manish Poudel’s photo story on the different hues and textures of skin won the Photo Story category.
The top three photographs in each of the seven thematic categories were awarded Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000, and Rs 10,000, respectively. For the title award, Global IME Bank Photo of the Year, Shrestha bagged Rs 100,000. He later announced that he would donate Rs 70,000 to Kamal Sada’s family and Rs 30,000 to the family of the late Kantipur journalist Yadav Thapaliya.