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credits - Anupam Roy Chowdhury

Image Credit - Santanu Dey

Announcing the 20 finalists of the IPF Portrait Prize 2020


A B M Nayeem Siddiquee / Abdul Munaff / Abhijeet Gurjar / Apu Das / Deepak Kumar / Joydeep Mukherjee / Mohit Khetrapal

Navneet Chahal / Pattabi Raman / Ragini Nath / Ritankar Mazumder / Rohit Iyer / Satyanarayana Gola / Sutapa Roy / Umar Para  

Vaisakh Shabu / Venkata Sunder Rao Pampana / Vikesh Kapoor / Vipin Singh / Viraj Nayar

The 'Indian Photo Festival' PORTRAIT PRIZE 2020 is a portrait competition open to the photographers from the Indian subcontinent. Photographers have been making portraits for centuries and what's so interesting about portraiture is its ability to capture the essence of a person, a time-period, or a culture. This award aims at discovering the compelling portraits and extra-ordinary talents. 



INR 90,000 worth accessories from
Manfroto Tripod (INR 16,000)
Lowepro ProTactic Backpack (INR 15,000)
iiirdi Digital Zeiss Lens voucher (INR 15,000)
iiirdi Digital Fuji Camera voucher (INR 15,000)
Blackforest Camera Bag (INR 13,000)
Pixpa One year website (INR 10,000)
KiKi handmade camera strap (INR 2,500)


INR 60,000 worth accessories from

MagMod MagBeam Wildlife Kit (INR 7,500)
Manfroto XPRO Monopod (INR 8,500)
iiirdi Digital Zeiss Lens voucher (INR 10,000)
iiirdi Digital Fuji Camera voucher (INR 10,000)
Blackforest Camera Bag (INR 8,000)
Pixpa One year website (INR 10,000)
KiKi handmade camera strap (INR 2,500)



INR 36,000 worth accessories from

JOBY Gorillapod Rig (INR 3,700)
JOBY Wavo Mobile (INR 4,500)
iiirdi Digital Zeiss Lens voucher (INR 5,000)
iiirdi Digital Fuji Camera voucher (INR 5,000)
Blackforest Camera Bag (INR 6,000)
Pixpa One year website (INR 10,000)
KiKi handmade camera strap (INR 2,500)


20 finalists will be exhibited at the Indian Photo Festival - Hyderabad from 12th NOV - 13th DEC 2020


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Manoj Jadhav 

Photographer & Visual artist

Manoj Jadhav is a photographer and a visual expression artist based in Mumbai, India whose work focuses on intimate portraiture, imagery with classic, romantic visual language. His photographs occupy a realm between the past and present, resulting in a creation that feels vintage at once yet progressive and familiar.

A passionate chronicler of Analog Photography and Alternative photographic practices, this alumnus from Sir JJ Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai globe trots round the world with his work assignments and visual arts projects. 25 years strong in his professional life, wearing his middle years graciously, he claims to be of no fixed address – London, Dubai, Singapore, Milan, Mumbai all home for him where he has lived and worked since earlier days of his career - still moving, a professional gypsy whose work has taken him to the most exciting assignments and across some of the most coveted brands. Having worked with iconic American photographer Mary Ellen Mark on the World Heritage Project in India in 2006, he was also chosen by Luerzer's Archive, Vienna consecutively for two years in the 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide listing.

Credentials that have been recognised by the International Lomography Federation and also being nominated to be the Impossible Artist for India by Impossible Project in 2014. He had his first photography solo exhibit in 2004 in Mumbai, Titled - Ten Women.

Since then, he has participated in many Indian and International Photographic exhibitions and Festivals. His work was displayed at Saatchi art gallery - London, Art Limited - France, Impossible Project, Austria and several other events and galleries across Europe. He was part of Hope for Haiti-India Cares - charity art auction 2010, Mind Pixels - NGMA Mumbai 2015, Goa international Photofest 2014 & 1016, Serendipity Arts Fest, Goa 2016, 2017 and showcasing at many more such upcoming events in near future. 

Besides ongoing commercial work, he is also working on his next solo exhibit based on his first photography book about Stories of Indian Women. His fine art images and prints are favoured and brought by many art lovers and private collectors from india and the world over.



This is an Agreement between the Applicant and Light Craft Foundation. By submitting an image applicants agree to the following Terms and Conditions:

  • The 'Indian Photo Festival' Portrait Prize is open to any, 18 years of age or older, from the Indian subcontinent. 

  • The entry should be appropriate with the category of portrait; you can also submit group portraits and self-portraits.

  • Digital files must be no longer than 2000 Pixels in either height or width and saved as Jpeg (.jpg), in RGB format and not exceed 4 MB per file, at 150dpi.

  • No identifying mark is allowed anywhere on the entry.

  • Only one entry per applicant and the last date for submission is  Nov 1st 2020.

  • The copyrights of the images remains with the photographer. All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used for publicity and promotional purposes in any media related to the competition, at no charge; the photographer will be credited for the use of their work.

  • The entrant must be the sole author of the photograph and the photograph must be an original work and the entrant is responsible for taking all steps necessary to protect the rights of persons depicted, including but not limited to obtaining their permission. Also the entrant should be responsible for any legal issues related to the entries submitted and agree to pay any costs occurred due to the same.

  • The results will be announced during the opening of the Indian Photo Festival - HYDERABAD on Nov 12th 2020 @ 7:00 PM. 

  • The finalists and the winners will be exhibited during the Indian Photo Festival - HYDERABAD from 12th Nov - Dec 13th 2020 and may tour different cities in India and overseas and by submitting an entry, you are agreeing to have prints of your photographs shown in these exhibitions at no charge.

  • Winners are responsible for the payment of any taxes or fees levied on the prizes. The vouchers must be used in iiirdi digital website for buying only Zeiss lens & Fuji Film mirrorless cameras.

  • Light Craft Foundation reserves the right to suspend or postpone or amend the competition.

  • Light Craft Foundation reserves the right to exclude entries and withhold selection for violating any of its terms and conditions

  • Please email us to in case of any queries.

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