National photo contest showcases Goa's lesser-known side
The Photo Journalists Association Goa (PJAG), in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa, recently held a photo contest cum exhibition of 'Goa Through My Lens' at the PJAG Art Gallery in Panjim.
The exhibition was inaugurated at the hands of Goa Tourism Minister, Rohan Khaunte. Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, Sadanand Shet Tanavade, and former CCP Mayor Uday Madkaikar were also present at the event.
The exhibition showcased Goa's rich culture and heritage.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajya Sabha MP Sadanand Shet Tanavade said that this initiative will showcase the lesser-explored dimension of Goa's rich culture heritage and scenic beauty.
He also expressed the idea that these captivating pictures could also be exhibited in Delhi, offering a glimpse of the diverse facets of Goa beyond its renowned beaches and vibrant pubs.
The contest was judged by internationally acclaimed photojournalist Prashant Panjiar along with photojournalists Chandan Naik Gaonkar, and Hemant Parab.
The first prize of the national photo contest was won by Rohan Fernandes from Navelim who is also the photographer at Gomantak Times Digital. The second prize was won by Mili Paul from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Soham Pai Kudav from Cumbharjua, Goa won the third place.
A total of 1,023 entries were submitted for the contest, out of which 343 were selected as finalists.
The consolation prizes were awarded to Mehul Yadav (Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh), Ananth Kamat (Bengaluru, Karnataka), Ritik Ramakant Shetye (Pernem, Goa), Rohan Fernandes (Navelim, Goa), and Rajendra Mardolkar (Goa).