Bhopal photographer wins Smithsonian award
Posted August 1, 2011on:
When a troupe of Indonesian dancers came to Bhopal in India to perform a balletic adaptation of the Ramayana—the ancient Hindu epic detailing the worldly exploits of the hero Rama— photojournalist Prakash Hatvalne, 54, was ready.
“I reached the venue a little early,” he recalls. “As I went into the greenroom and was talking to the dancers, I saw some of them giving final touches to their makeup and costumes.” While one checked herself out in a mirror and another adjusted her eyelashes, Hatvalne pressed the shutter on his Nikon D50 digital camera.
Smithsonian judges selected the resulting image as the grand-prize-winning photograph in their 8th annual photo contest. Given a choice between $2,600 in prize money and a vacation from Smithsonian Journeys, the Institution’s travel arm, Hatvalne opted for a trip to the Grand Canyon. He and his wife, Anita Hatvalne, travelled from India to Arizona as the guests of the Smithsonian Institute.
This year, the Smithsonian Institute announced, nearly 12,000 contestants from all over the world submitted more than 52,000 entries in five categories: Altered Images, Americana, the Natural World, People and Travel.