Mumbai-based journalist wins coveted award from among 65,000 entries; gets a chance to intern with Steve Winter
September 26, 2011:
Money Sharma, a 25-year-old Mumbai-based journalist, has bagged the Nat Geo Moments Awards III. Moneyâs winning photograph was selected from among over 65,000 entries received from photography enthusiasts all across India.
Besides the Money's won a once-in-a-life-time opportunity of an internship with renowned Nat Geo photographer Steve Winter whose photographs have been published in leading magazines like National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Natural History, Business Week, Scientific American and Sternl, he has also bagged the highly versatile image powerhouse Nikon D300S with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm VR II lens that allows photographers to create a reflection previously impossible to capture.
Talking about Money Sharmaâs winning entry, Steve Winter, who also judged the competition, said, âThis is a classic composition. Our eye moves to the subject - the arms held up - ten to the flames dancing from the ceiling - then on down the line of participants. So again our eye moves through or down the frame. As I have stated, composition is at the heart of any great photo. Capturing a moment is also very important, as is exposure and focus.â
A highly elated Money Sharma added, âThis is absolutely a proud moment for me. Beating more than 65,000 entries and being a winner truly gives an esteemed feeling.Â Getting rewarded and associated with brands National Geographic, Nikon and Steve Winter is utterly amongst one of the great moments of my life so farâ
Having trained under the award-winning photographer Arko Dutta, Money Sharmaâs photograph was selected for reflecting an inimitable ability to get inside a subject and deliver an accurate interpretation of the mood, environment and emotive balance. Taken on November 10 2010, the winning photograph was taken during the Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi. The Aarti is a pleasant ritual of worshipping the river/goddess Ganga every evening in the presence of thousands of devotees from all around the world.