Indian photographer Amit Madheshiya wins prestigious 2011 Sony World Photography Award in Arts & Culture category. Another Indian photographer Mahesh Shantaram got Third Prize in the same category. Amit Madheshiya named ‘Arts and Culture Photographer of the Year’ at the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2011.
Mumbai-based Amit was one of 13 professional category winners presented with an award held at the ceremony at the Odeon in Leicester Square on April 27th in London.
His winning series of photographs, entitled People Watching Cinema at the Nomadic Talkies, was shot in the remote of Maharashtra. It documents people attending nighttime film screenings held by a travelling cinema. The nomadic cinemas travel to the villages, which are located far from fixed-site theatres, once a year and show an eclectic mix of films.
The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest and most comprehensive photography competition.
Amit Madheshiya works as an independent photographer. For his work on the nomadic cinemas he received an Arts Research Grant from the India Foundation for the Arts, a fellowship from the Cluster of Excellence at Heidelberg University and the Goethe Institute 50 Year Anniversary Grant.
In 2009, his vibrant and thoughtful images on the project won the Sony World Photography Award for Arts and Entertainment, as well as the Grand Award in the Humanity Photo Awards. In the same year Madheshiya was also declared Emerging Photographer of the Year in India.
The exhibition captures a unique view of the world in 2010/11 as recorded through the lens of winning photographers.