Manfrotto DCP Photographer of the Year 2015
Manfrotto DCP Photographer of the Year 2015, the much talked annual photography contest winners were declared over a grand Annual Awards Night held on 10.10.2015 at Mumbai. It was one of the biggest annual events of DCP ever, and marked its 5th anniversary. The event was conducted at the Regenza, Tunga, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. More than 130 wildlife and nature photographers associated with DCP travelled from various corners of the country including Kolkata, Coochbehar, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Nashik, Sholapur and even from overseas like Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was a fantastic gathering of so many talents under one roof.
What started as an impromptu decision has today become the talk of the town; from a 3 people team it has grown to 100 people team (with 28 experts and 72 skippers and group leaders) with presence across 11 cities having 7500 plus members across the country. 15,000 people read about us regularly and more than 1,20,000 social media followers like what we do. It has all been possible because of the sheer passion of our members & dedication of our team.
DCP since its inception has nurtured & groomed many talented photographers, and this event acknowledged & appreciated some of the most amazing works of these photographers, we proudly call DCPians. However, we also acknowledged and felicitated some of our team members for their outstanding contributions to elevate DCP to a pedestal where it is today.
More than 330 nominated brilliant wildlife images were displayed before the award ceremony which kept the viewers glued to the screen for 30 minutes as the video played. Over all 40 winners were declared and were awarded with trophies, certificates and some exciting Manfrotto products.
- Photographs of DCP management board weren’t considered for nomination except for Stalwart of the Year, since that category is specifically made for panel experts.
- Each of the judges had given their individual unbiased opinions. Final selection was done on the basis of majority.
- Jury decision was considered as final and further communications on selection process wouldn’t be solicited.
Every month we come across some brilliant images made by all DCPians in our social media platform and we have been acknowledging those images in the form of “Photos of the month”, thus exposing them to a wider audience. Recently we also started featuring the best images of the month in National Geographic’s Great Nature Project website, which we are sure, is a great motivation for all. All the winning entries of DCP Photographers of the month for the last 1 year (September 2014 to August 2015) were considered for nomination. The entries were judged by an eminent jury panel consisting of few of the most eminent photographers of the country. Not only that, ... from 15th September to 30th September, 2015, DCP Photographer of the Year 2015 nominations were made live in social media for online voting. They were posted in 4 different albums in DCP's official Facebook page. Highest number of likes and / or comments decided the people’s choice awards too.
The entries were judged by an eminent jury.
- Mr Rohinton Mehta, Technical Editor, Smart Photography, Mumbai
- Mr Kiran Poonacha, Ace Bird Photo Photographer, Bengaluru
- Mrs Rathika Ramasamy, Ace Wildlife Photographer, Delhi
- Mr Debraj Chakrabarty, Ace Landscape Photographer, Assam
Best Natural History Photographer of the year.
The images were selected solely on the basis of natural history and biodiversity importance and not necessarily on the photographic technique. There was one grand winner, one runner up and one people’s choice award along with special mentions. Dr Amit Mahajan won a special mention for his 'Spider with a kill'. People’s choice award went to the young talented photographer, Adwait Jadhav. Kedar Tambe was the Runner up with his amazing image of the Green Vine Snake gobbling the frog kill, while Category Winner was Bishwajit Datta Chaudhury for his jaw dropping capture of the Bronzeback with the frog kill.
Best upcoming talent of the year.
There was one grand winner, one runner up and one people’s choice award along with special mentions. DCP panel members’ images were excluded from selection in this category. Special mention award went to Rizaeul Haque for an excellent image of 'Under the milky way'. People’s choice award went to Ankur Moitra, while the Runner up was Rayees Rehman for his 'Little owls in Love'. The Category Winner was Aamir Shaikh for his amazing image of the Green Vine snake.
Best of the team.
This category too had one grand winner, one runner up and one people’s choice award along with three special mentions. This category included the images of our Group leaders and Skippers. This was one of the toughest contest. Kaizer Kabir, Gaurav Shukla and Goutam Som grabbed Special mention awards with their amazing images. People’s choice award went to Sabr Dri for his image of the deer in Corbett with a dreamy backdrop. Runner up was Group leader Soumendra Mukhopadhyay for his 'Lone Flight' and the Category Winner was undoubtedly one of the best of the team, Ripan Biswas. Congrats Ripan for a great show.
Stalwart of the year.
This category acknowledged the masterpieces of the DCP panel experts. This too had one grand winner, one runner up and one people choice award along with special mentions. This was our grandest battle of the Titans. Special mention awards went to Vedwati Padwal and Kane Lew. Sushil Chikane's image of Machhli was too popular and fetched him the People's choice award. Runner Up was our talented expert Raj Dhage, while Category Winner was none other than Mr. Amit Rane. Please take a note that, this is the only category where Mr Amit's images were considered for contest as the category itself was for the panel experts.
These are those images which are handpicked every month by our editorial panel as the best image of the month. These images were not put for public voting and they went directly as nomination for Photographer of the Year, though judges had the free hand to select any image from any category as the grand winner. Because of the sheer quality of the images, we believe that each of these is a winner and we wish to felicitate every photographer who has been the Editor’s atleast once in the last 1 year and they are as follows
DCP Photographer Of The Year Grand Prize. It’s a single image which was handpicked by the Jury as the most outstanding image of the year. The image was selected on the basis of multiple qualities which not only included technical perfection, but also the uniqueness of the content and the difficulty level involved in making the image. There was no public voting for this category.
The ceremony ended with cake cutting and a gala dinner for the invited guests. Many stalwarts of the industry were present during the evening who interacted and gave very good feedback about the event, the talents showcased and the organizing committee. The social media has been flooding with accolades since 10th October midnight till date. We thank Manfrotto and Creative Peripherals and Distributions Pvt Ltd for a wonderful support. We wish to conduct more such engaging events in future with more impact.