1st Press Council of India Award
The 1st. Press Council of India Award for photojournalism has gone to three persons:-- Biplab Banerjee of ‘The Asian Age’, New Delhi, Lattur Rathinam Shankar of ‘The Times of India’, Chennai and Partha Paul of ‘The Indian Express’, Kolkata. They have been selected for the honour for single news picture category for photographs remarkable for mirroring poignant scenes and harsh realities of life. They will each receive a cash award of Rs. 50,000/- Kamal Kishore, photo-journalist, ‘PTI’, New Delhi has bagged Certificate of Excellence for his photograph of farmers at work. The Certificate comes with a cash prize of Rs. 25, 000/-. In photo feature category, Sanjoy Ghosh of the ‘The Telegraph’, Kolkata has been selected for his photo-story on the capital of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, Jaffna reflecting the positivity since the end of Civil War in 2009. This award will fetch him a purse of Rs. 50, 000/. Zishaan Akbar Latif, freelancer, Mumbai has been chosen for Certificate of Excellence carrying cash prize of Rs. 25, 000/- for his photo-story capturing moments from the life of a lonely old person.
The awards to be conferred by Hon’ble Mr. Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah, Former Chief Justice of India on November 16, 2012 on the occasion of National Press Day.
The jury comprised of Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, S/Shri Harsh Mander, IAS, Social Activist and Writer, Vinod Sharma, Political Editor, Hindustan Times, and Members of the Press Council of India i.e. Neeraj Bajpai, UNI, Sondeep Shankar, Photo-journalist, Shravan Garg, Nai Duniya, K.S.S. Murthy, Malayala Manorama, Rajeev Sabade, UGC, Kalyan Barooah, Assam Tribune, and Arun Kumar, Times of India, Patna.