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Reuters photographer bags many awards

By Our Special Correspondent

MUMBAI, MAY 4. Reuters photographer Arko Datta bagged most of the awards in the Mumbai Press Photo Contest 2004 organised by the Mumbai Press Club.

Mr. Datta was adjudged the best general news photographer of the year and also the outstanding sports photographer. His pictures were adjudged the best in four different categories — spot news, general news, sports and daily life.

His colleague, Sherwin Crasto, got the business news photo of the year and earned a special mention in the category of outstanding sports photograph. He won the second award in the category of spot news.

While Kedar Bhat won the top award in the category of nature and wildlife, Sayed Abedi got it for the portraits and Mandar Deodhar for arts and entertainment. Gajanan Dudhalkar got a special mention for his outstanding sports photograph and the second prize in the category of general news.

The judges, filmmaker Subhash Ghai and the Editor-in-chief of The Hindu , N. Ram, went through over 3,000 entries of 89 different photographers to select the prize-winning pictures. Both of them paid rich tributes to the participants and said that it was difficult to take a decision. They said the city lensmen were among the best in the country and some of the pictures were world class.

Mr. Ghai, who announced the results, said that he took three hours to tell one story in a motion picture but these press photographers used just one frame to tell one story.

Mr. Ram praised the Mumbai Press Club and said it was a model institution. He mooted the coming together of the Indian Newspapers Society and other press clubs in the country to institute awards in various branches of journalism with a view to promoting talent and professionalism.

The Club Chairman, Macho Sheltie, proposed the vote of thanks. Earlier, the Secretary, Gruber Singh, welcomed the gathering. The Ispat and Essar groups sponsored the contest.

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