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NI Photo Contest 2017: Finalist #8

Drum rolls for the Nature India photo contest 2017 finalist number eight:

Preethi Krishnamoorthy, Bengaluru, India

Photo caption: Poverty inherited

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Preethi Krishnamoorthy

Preethi Krishnamoorthy

Preethi Krishnamoorthy

Preethi was sitting with her morning cup of tea at her window in a quiet Bengaluru neighbourhood when she saw this little kid running along the street.

“I watched as he ran confident and carefree without the fear of the moving vehicles. I found myself smiling when he was naughty, and gasping at the thought of an imminent fall. I wanted to capture his innocence. He walked over to a woman, perhaps his mother, among some workers mending the road, tugged on her sari for attention and made a sad face when she refused. For her, leaving work to attend to him would probably mean no dinner for him that night. My heart sank as I captured this irony.

She went back to work and he to play. He found a little girl to chat up with and sit next to. She readily shared a packet of chips with him. All was well again in his little world, but there were a lot of questions in mine. Would he grow up to get formal education or a healthy life? Would the underprivileged ever be able to break their inherited cycle of poverty? The burden of these questions should weigh heavy on our collective conscience.”

Well done Preethi, and congratulations for getting into the top ten of the contest!

In its fourth year, the Nature India photo contest continues to receive some wonderful entries from around the world. The theme this year was ‘Grand Challenges’, and needed more thought and creativity than our earlier themes.

Despite the challenge, the quality and novelty of some of the entries has been breathtaking. We have had a mix of amateur and professional photographers, scientists and non-scientists, mobile cameras and high-end DSLRs — all vying to portray the complex global problems we face — the world’s grand challenges — and to look for solutions for a healthy and sustainable future.

Tough job as usual for the Nature India editorial and design team in selecting just three winners. The winners stand a chance of seeing their entries grace the cover page of one of our forthcoming print publications. The winner and two runners-up will receive a copy of the latest Nature India Special Annual Volume and an enviable bag of goodies from Springer Nature.

As a run up to the final announcement, we will be rolling out the top 10 finalists of the photo competition (in no particular order of merit) over the next few days on the Indigenus blog as well as our social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook). The final results will be announced somewhere in late December 2017.

Nature India’s final decision to chose the winner will be partly influenced by the engagement and reception he/she receives here at the Indigenus blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. To give all finalists a fair chance, we will take into consideration the social media engagement of each picture only during the first seven days of its announcement.

Watch out for our other finalists and feel free to promote, share and like your favourite entries with the hashtag #NatureIndphoto.

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