Sukhmanjit Grewal’s image of henna painted hands and Diwali diva clicks

Wins Diwali photography competition    

27th September 2011: The UK based development charity Sightsavers has announced the winner and three runners-up for its Diwali photography competition.     
Sukhmanjit Grewal from Hounslow in west London, captured the public’s and judges’ imagination with her stunning image of beautifully intricate henna painted hands and a Diwali diva, which will now be printed as the Sightsavers Diwali card for this year.

Sukhmanjit will also receive a Samsung digital camera and a pair of Polaroid sunglasses.

Three runners up were also selected and will be receiving a pair of Polaroid Sunglasses each. They are Vinod Motiani from Oxford; Abhisek Bhattacharya from London, E14, and Kishan Panchal from Waltham Abbey

The competition, launched as part of Sightsavers’ Vision India fundraising campaign, encouraged anyone over the age of 16, to submit a photo that they felt captured the essence of Diwali through family, fun, colour or light.

Sightsavers has been working in India since 1966, and this year celebrates 45 years of positive change having supported around four million cataract surgeries during this period.

Poonam Chengappa, Senior Manager of Brand and Communications at Sightsavers in India and one of the judges for the competition said of the entries: “We were absolutely delighted with the entries. People put a lot of thought into their selection and it was lovely to see everyone getting involved and voting for their favourites! It was a tough decision to make, but Sukhmanjit is a worthy winner. The framing in this photograph is great. The light and shadows, all of it give the picture a warm glow. Sightsavers will be very proud to print our very first Diwali card with this image.”

Sukhmanjit commented on winning: “When I found out that my photograph was selected as the overall winner, everything around me froze! I couldn’t stop smiling as it felt great to have my work recognised and appreciated. Diwali is an important festival in the Sikh and Hindu Calendar and is synonymous with lights. We can often take the lights and colours of the festival for granted. It is tragic that those without sight cannot see the beauty of the festival.. The most important aspect of the photo for me, was capturing the light of the diva in contrast to the shadows in the photograph. Hence the caption of the photograph, that we only know and understand what light is because we experience darkness. Diwali is more than just being able to light candles with our family and friends, it is about lighting the candles in each and every one of us and sharing even a glimmer of light with all those around us.”

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