World Press Photo Award for Amit Madheshiya
Feb 18, 2011
Cluster member Amit Madheshiya has won the World Press Photo Award. The award is the most prestigious and coveted award in professional photojournalism.
Amit Madheshiya has won the 1st prize in the category "Arts and Entertainment/Stories" with a series of twelve pictures of a "Night Screening at Travelling Cinema" in India. Travelling cinemas are very popular in the rural parts of India and are often visited by thousands of people from the neighbouring villages. Amit Madheshiya's pictures capture some of them, their feelings and the general atmosphere.
The World Press Photo Contest honours outstanding photojournalism, both single pictures and portfolios or photo stories, in ten categories including spot news, general news, people in the news, portraits as well as arts and entertainment. The main prize and title "World Press Photo of the Year" has been awarded to the South African-born photographer Jodi Bieber for her portrait of an Afghan woman attacked by her husband.
Amit Madheshiya is a fellow of research project HRA9 "Satellites of Networks" and the Cluster-affiliated Tasveer Ghar project, which are both coordinated by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius. Together with Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya explores the journey of images representing the shrine of Sailani Baba in Maharashtra in popular visual cultures. In 2009, the two Mumbai-based experts worked as short term fellows of the Cluster's Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies on "Film technology as cultural import: The restructuring of the domain of religious fairs in India by the arrival of travelling cinemas".
Amit Madheshiya already received recognition at the World Photography Award in Cannes and for the Grand Prize at the Humanity Photo Awards in China. For his work on migrant children in metropolitan cities, he was awarded a fellowship by the National Foundation for India and he was nominated twice for the UNICEF Photo of the Year. He will receive the World Press Photo Award in Amsterdam, Netherlands in May 2011.