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India’s First Wedding Photography Awards Receives a Record Response of over 8000 Entries!

The Better Photography magazine in association with Kodak conducted the first ever grand scale award to recognise the 200,000+ strong wedding photographer community in India. The inaugural edition of the Kodak-Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year awards was being held at the Hyatt Regency, Mumbai on the 19th of March 2010. Says Madhavan Pillai, Editor, Better Photography, “Wedding photography is an oft misunderstood, oft underestimated profession. This is despite the fact that it is more exciting and satisfying than many other genres of photography. So, I am glad WPOY2010 came to fruition. Wedding photographers now have annual awards on a national level that they can call their own”

The quest for India’s best wedding photographer started five months back through a grand scale pan India hunt, where entries were called for, on certain wedding related themes namely Bridal Portraiture, Couple Portraiture, Family and Friends, Behind the scenes, Emotions, Photo series on a single wedding. Thousands of entries were received based on the themes, from both professional and semi-professional photographers and surprisingly women photographers, considering wedding photography is a male dominant field!

After several rounds of elimination through a jury of eminent photographers such as Fawzan Hussain, Ariz Aira, Rooshad Garda, Uzair Kharawala, Seshu, Sephi Bergerson, the final 6 category winners were chosen. These final 6 winners competed in a unique face off round, held in association with ground partners VarVadhu. The finalists shot a mock wedding complete with a bride and groom, dressed in their wedding finery, courtesy clothing partner Libas and jewelry partner Tikamdas Motiram jewelers at the wedding fare held at Hyatt Regency, Mumbai on the 14th of March.

The final submissions made by these finalists taken at this wedding fare was judged by the renowned Wedding Photographer Prakash Tilokani and the title of India’s first Wedding Photographer of the year was presented to Pune photographer Ranjan Zingade at a grand awards night on the 19th of March at the Hyatt Regency, Mumbai.

Kodak presents Better Photography wedding photographer of the year 2009 is being held in association with Photoquip, Canvera.com, Television partner CNBCTV18, Ground partner Var Vadhu, Hospitality partner Hyatt Regency, Clothing Partner Libas, Jewelry partner Tikamdas Motiram Jewellers, trophy partner The Award Gallery

Designer Riyaz Ganji, Madhur Shroff and
Jayesh Mehta, President AIPTIA handing out
the prize to category winner Vivek Sequeria
for Couple Portraiture
Amit Asher and Dhiraj Kacker, CEO Canvera.com
handing out the prize to Pradip Barai for Behind
the scenes category
Gautam Rajadhyaksha and R. Ganesh, GM,
Digital Capture and Devices, Film Capture,
Kodak handing out the award to category winner
Jiten Patel for bridal Portraiture
Ishleen & Saumitra of CNBC Awaaz anchoring the
show
Madhavan Pillai, Editor, Better Photography
addressing the audience
Rajan Zingade receives prize for emotions category
from Rooshad Garda, and JP Soni of Photoquip
Ranjan Zingade, Wedding Photographer of the year
2009 receving his award from Lakshmi Narasimhan,
CEO, Infomedia18, P Raghuvir of Kodak, Madhavan
Pillai & Prakash Tilokani
S Shrinivasu, VP Sales & Channel Management, SPG,
Head Film Capture, Digital Capture& Devices Kodak addressing the Audience
Swapan Mukherji and S Shrinivasu of Kodak giving
out the prize to Anil Patil for Behind the scenes

ABOUT BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY
Better Photography has been the leading photography magazine in India and South Asia for over twelve years now. It is published by Infomedia18 Ltd, one of India’s best publishing houses. The magazine’s primary audience includes serious enthusiasts and amateurs and covers a wide variety of content. Basic and advanced level techniques, reviews of latest cameras and photography gadgets along with interviews with the most reputed photographers from around the world forms the core of the content of Better Photography. As a hobbyist magazine, the priority is education in the art and science of photography.


ABOUT INFOMEDIA18 LIMITED
Informedia18 [BSE: 509069; NSE: INFOMEDIA], the printing and publishing arm of Network18 is one of the leading publishers of business publications in the country. Its stable includes a number of leading publications like Overdrive, Chip, Better Photography, Better Interiors and AV Max. Apart from these, it also publishes a large number of business to business publications and Yellow Pages. Infomedia18 is also the India partner of Alibaba.com, the world's largest business to business trading platform.


ABOUT CANVERA
Canvera is an online photography company building solutions to help Professional Photographers run their business more effectively. Canvera offers high-end customized coffee-table-books, design services and hosting solutions to professional photographers. Canvera's products and services are used by professional photographers to both deliver a high quality experience to their clients and also to market themselves better. Canvera's coffee-table-books were twice awarded the Best Photobook in Asia Pacific & Japan at the annual HP Digital Print Awards in 2008 & 2009. Canvera was also given the Best Innovation in Technology award by Asian Photography magazine for "bringing professionalism and innovation to an unorganized market". As on date Canvera has serviced the needs of professional photographers in more than 250 cities across India. Canvera entered the market in July 2008 and was founded by Dr. Dhiraj Kacker (CEO) and Peeyush Rai (CTO) who have previously worked at numerous successful startups in Silicon Valley. Canvera is financially backed by Footprint Ventures (www.footprintventures.com), DFJ (www.dfj.com) and Mumbai Angels (www.mumbaiangels.com).

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