Sanika Jahagirdar is Wedding Photog of the Year

19 Jun,2012

By A Correspondent

 

After a record breaking 20,954 entries from all overIndia, Sanika Jahagirdar from Mumbai won the third edition of Kodak Better Photography Wedding Photographer Of the Year. A professional photographer, Ms Jahagirdar is the first female to win this title since the awards were first started in 2009.

 

Better Photography, a photography magazine, declared the winners at a grand awards ceremony hosted at The Westin Mumbai. Ms Jahagirdar, who was also the category winner for Photo Series on a Single Wedding, was judged the title winner by the final judge, the renowned wedding photojournalist and documentary photographer Sephi Bergerson.

 

A freelance professional photographer, Ms Jahagirdar was extremely excited after the win: “I am highly thankful to Better Photography for providing such a platform and opportunity to the wedding photographers. Achieving a title as the ‘wedding photographer of the year’ is completely priceless. It is difficult to explain in words how excited and honoured I am feeling.”

 

Apart from earning the title of Kodak-Better Photography Photographer of the Year 2011, she has won a cash prize of Rs1 lakh, including a D-LITE IT One standard kit from Associate Partner Photoquip and two photobooks from Associate Partner Canvera.com which were also given to each of the other category winners.

 

As a special surprise, Ms Jahagirdar also won a photography workshop by Sephi Bergerson that costs Rs60 thousand.

 

According to Sephi Bergerson, “I see the Wedding Photographer of the Year awards as a way of rewarding outstanding achievements, as well as a tool for supporting and promoting emerging new talents. There will always a call to be made. Two of the six finalists had a close fight and I eventually chose Sanika as the winner.”

 

Every year Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year invites entries fromIndiaunder six different categories. These entries are judged by eminent photographers to select the six category winners who compete at the final face-off which decides the title winner for the year. This year a special leg on album making was included as part of the evaluation criteria and the six finalists were given six hours each to design their albums on the designing stations provided to them at theKodakDesigningCenter.

 

Better Photography editor, K Madhavan Pillai said: “The Kodak-Better Photography Wedding photographer of the Year Awards are the only national level awards inIndiato recognize and laud the artistry and vision of the country’s finest talent in wedding photography.”

 

The competition was organized by Better Photography, in sponsorship with title partner Kodak along with Associate Partner Photoquip and Canvera.com, Television Partner CNBC TV18, online Partner Wedding Sutra.com and blogging Partner Miss Malini.

 

According to Mr. Srinivasu Saraswatula, Country Business Manager-Consumer Digital Group, KodakIndia: “Into its third year, this event has grown in stature, scale and above all has become an industry benchmark. It’s served all stake holders well beyond their imagination when this was set up couple of years back.”

 

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