MFI National Press Photo Contest 2012


MFI National Press Photo Contest 2012

The Media Foundation of India is happy to announce its second national press contest for professional press photographers.

The MFI National Press Contest 2012 attempts to evaluate, showcase and celebrate contemporary photojournalism in India. Entries are invited from professional photojournalists which include staff photographers employed with media organisations as well as freelancers. (This contest is only open to those photojournalists earning a living from photojournalism, and is not open to amateur photographers)

Photographs taken between Jan 1, 2011 and Dec 31, 2011 would be eligible for entry in 2012 contest.

Contest Categories:

General News (GN): Pictures of scheduled events or planned events

Spot News (SN): Pictures shot on the spot without any advance planning

Daily Life (DL): Glimpses of richness and diversity of daily life

Sports (SP): Pictures capturing sporting moments

Arts & Culture (AC): Pictures of the literary and performing arts; festivals etc

Best Photo Stories (BPS): Picture sequence of a minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 images narrating a story pictorially. Photo stories shot in any of the five categories could be entered here.

Awards structure:

Picture of the Year award: Rs 75,000 and a trophy
First Prize: Rs 50,000 and a trophy
Second Prize: Rs 30,000 and a trophy
Third Prize: Rs 20,000 and trophy


A three-member eminent jury consisting award-winning photojournalists would judge the images submitted. This year the jury includes senior photo journalists Pablo Bartholomew, Kevin Frayer and Arko Datta. Jury profile

Awards ceremony

A glittering awards ceremony would be held towards the end of September 2012 at a prominent landmark in Mumbai. The award winners are expected to be present to receive the prizes, and would be informed well in advance for them to travel to Mumbai. The travel costs would have to be borne by the winners. A photo book containing the winning images would be released at the awards ceremony by eminent guests and would be given free of cost to the participants. A photo-exhibition of the winning images would be displayed at the venue on the awards ceremony evening. We plan to convert the exhibition into a travelling exhibition which could travel to different cities.

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