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The 'Indian Photo Festival' PORTRAIT PRIZE 2021 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. 


  • WIN - INR 2,00,000 worth cash and camera gears.

  • EXHIBIT - Exhibit your work at India's longest running international photo festival - Indian Photo Festival from 19th Nov to 19th Dec 2021.

  • INTERNATIONAL TOUR - Show your images to a larger audience as part of the international exhibition tour around the world.

  • PUBLISH - Get your images published in leading photography magazines and news portals. (Better Photography Magazine - Firstpost - 121 Clicks)

  • PRESS COVERAGE - Receive press coverage from publications and media outlets around the world.

  • TRAVEL- Win an expense paid trip (including hotel & flights) to Hyderabad during the Indian Photo Festival 2021.



INR 1,00,000 in CASH

Expense paid trip to Hyderabad (2Nights)

INR 17,500 worth accessories from

Blackforest Camera Bag (INR 15,000)
KiKi handmade camera strap (INR 2,500)


INR 50,000 worth accessories from

Manfrotto Befree 2N1  tripod (INR 20,320)
Lowerpro Photo Hatchback (INR 15,189)
Blackforest Camera Bag (INR 15,000)
KiKi handmade camera strap (INR 2,500)


INR 25,000 worth accessories from

GorillaPod 3K Kit (INR 7,294)

Blackforest Camera Bag (INR 15,000)
KiKi handmade camera strap (INR 2,500)


20 finalists will be exhibited at the Indian Photo Festival - Hyderabad from 19th NOV - 19th DEC 2021


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Vineet Vohra
Leica Ambassador

Vineet Vohra, the first ever Indian in the history of Leica to be its ambassador, is a self-taught photographer and street photography is his passion. For Vineet, street photography is a journey and he travels everyday, he is learning and unlearning everyday and his main focus is to make ordinary moments look extraordinary.


In 2011, Vineet founded the APF( magazine from an educational imperative to recognise fresh talent.Vineet conducts workshops as a Leica Mentor in Leica Akademie, with various publications on Leica blog. Before Leica he was an official Fuji X photographer, member of APF collective & thestreetcollective.

He is the author of the book “the serendipity” and he conducts workshops globally; Miami street photography festival, Italian street photography festival, San Francisco street photography festival, London street photography festival, Xposure photography festival Sharjah, SIPA and Indian photo festival. He is also leading the judging panel on all of these festivals.

He has been awarded twice in a row at the Xposure photo festival by His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi for excellence. His works and stories have been published in various prestigious magazines, newspapers & blogs all over the world including National Geographic, NYT, The Guardian U.K. Vineet has also exhibited his work around the world in London, New York, Miami, Vietnam, Tel Aviv & India.



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 (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives).  

  • 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 Three entries per applicant is allowed and the last date for submission is  Nov 1st 2021.

  • An entry fee of INR 499 applies for each image.

  • 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 19th 2021 @ 7:00 PM. 

  • The finalists and the winners will be exhibited during the Indian Photo Festival - HYDERABAD from 19th Nov - Dec 19th 2021 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.

  • Due to the Covid 19 travel restrictions, the expense paid trip to Hyderabad (2Nights) is available only for the winner who is currently residing in India.

  • 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

  • Refund policy - The entry fee for the Award is not refundable.

  • Please email us to in case of any queries.

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