In preparation for Click a Smile 2014, the annual photography competition held by The Akshaya Patra Foundation for amateur and professional photographers, here is a recap of last year’s event.
The competition ran from 20th November to 22nd December, 2013, and focussed on capturing the innocence and beauty behind a child’s smile. The only stipulation was that the contestants must send in their best three photographs of a smiling child (or children). The children could be featured at home, at school, in the neighbourhood or even the playground.
The competition last year drew in a huge response with over 700 photographs being entered. Out of these many images 1st place went to Moni Sankar Das for his photograph titled ‘Smiling’, 2nd place to Seyed Ali Seyedi for his ‘The hole of Happiness’ and 3rd place to Kaushik Majumder for his ‘Before Fest’. The winners were selected by renowned photographer, D. Radhakrishnan Nair.
Aside from the three top winners, six consolation prizes were chosen. The winners were Suman Bhattacharyya for his ‘Blooming Buds’, Raghu Ranjan Sarkar for his ‘Colourful Buds’, Nyugen Dong for ‘Happyness with Rain’, Soumalya Kumar De for ‘Keep smiling, the world needs beautiful things’, Jayanta Roy for ‘My Friends’ and Kumar Bishwajit for ‘Embracing the Beauty of Autumn’.
The competition was then opened up to the fans via social media where they were allowed to vote for the photographs they liked best. The two Viewer’s Choice photographs selected were ‘Let your smile change the world’ by Kartikey Brahmkshatriya and ‘Building Blocks’ by Arnab Adak.
The photographs can be viewed on Akshaya Patra’s Facebook album.