Time now to announce the Nature India photo contest 2018 finalist number six:
Devinder Toor, Assistant Professor, Amity Institute of Virology and Immunology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India
Photo Caption: Exposed
Devinder Toor took this image of a sick man in need of immediate medical attention to highlight the neglect that many patients affected with vector-borne diseases face. He explains this image he shot in the summer of 2016, thus:
Poverty, lack of hygiene, high temperature and humidity force a large number of people in India to sleep in open, unhygienic and dangerous places, exposing them to vector-borne diseases. Also, apathy of civic agencies in maintaining cleanliness further aggravates the spread of these diseases.
I clicked this picture while roaming around in India’s eastern metropolis of Kolkata. I saw this sick man waiting for attention on the railway tracks as people went about their usual business. From the flyover across the tracks, where I was was standing, it presented a grim picture of poverty, neglect and mortality due to vector-borne diseases.
Congratulations on getting into top 10, Devinder!
The Nature India editorial and design teams will shortlist the top three from the ten stunning images we are rolling out now in no particular order of merit. Nature India’s final decision to chose the winner will be partly influenced by the engagement and reception these pictures receive here at the Indigenus blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. To give all finalists a fair chance, we will consider the social media engagement each picture gets only during the first seven days of its announcement. The final results will be announced sometime in late January 2019.
The winner of the Nature India photo contest 2018 will receive a cash award of $350, the second prize is worth $250 and the third $200. Photographs will be judged for novelty, creativity, quality and printability by a panel of Nature Research editors and photographers alongside a leading Indian scientist working in the area of vector-borne diseases. The winner and two runners-up will receive a copy of the Nature India Annual Volume 2017 and a bag of goodies (including Collector’s first issues of Nature and Scientific American and some other keepsakes) from the Nature Research. One of the winning entries also stands a chance of being featured on the cover a forthcoming print publication.
So watch out for our other finalists and feel free to promote, share and like your favourite entries with the hashtag #NatureIndphoto.