Herald: Ponda lad wins prestigious photography award in Paris

Ponda lad wins prestigious photography award in Paris

30 Jun 2019 05:25am IST
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30 Jun 2019 05:25am IST
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Gautam Bambolkar from Bandora, Ponda, wins GOLD for his photography series at The Paris Photography Prize 2019. The competition received over 7,000 entries from 100 countries around the world. The photographs of the Goa College of Arts graduate, along with other winners, will now be presented at a week-long exhibition in France. KARSTEN MIRANDA takes a closer look at his life, art and achievements

Gautam Bambolkar from Ponda won GOLD for his photography series 'Man-Made Caves' at The Paris Photography Prize (PX3) 2019. He bagged this award under the 'Fine Art - Architecture' category. The Paris Photography Prize (PX3), which is a highly respected annual event dedicated to recognising and promoting talented photographers from around the world, announced the winners of its 2019 photography competition. The competition received over 7,000 entries from 100 countries around the world. Gautam's photographs, along with other winners, will be exhibited at the Espace Beaurepaire, France from July 9, 2019 till July 14, 2019.  Incidentally, Gautam had won a bronze medal at the Paris Photography Prize two years ago. 

In 2018, Gautam won two awards at 11th Annual International Color Awards in the category of Architecture and Aerial Photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honours the finest images with the highest achievements in colour photography.

Recently, he was one of the 12 finalists in Art of Building Photographer of the Year, which was covered by international media organisations like the BBC and The Guardian. Another photo of his, ‘The Breather’, was selected and printed in the best 100 images under ‘The International Images for Science 2017’. The photograph toured the UK, including major science festivals, and was seen by over 1,40,000 people. His works have also been published by large organisations such as the National Geographic. 

Also in 2017, Gautam won 3 awards at Moscow International Fotography awards in Russia, for which the State Government had then passed a Congratulatory Motion at the Goa Legislative Assembly. 

Till now, the 31-year-old has won 21 international awards in the field of photography at international competitions held at Tokyo, Moscow, Paris, USA, Germany, and London. 

Another feather on his glittering cap is the recognition he received from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), which is one of the largest research and educational institutions in Germany. One of his photos was published in their yearbook publication, which supported a chapter on ‘Converging Infrastructures’, talking about strengthening connections between the energy, communication and transport systems and the social challenges that come along with this development.

Back home, the Mahalaxmi-Bandora resident has done Bachelor of Fine Arts (Applied Arts) from Goa College of Art in 2007. He currently works as a Manager for the IT giant 'Cognizant'. He has been temporarily shifted to New Jersey, US on behalf of Cognizant.

Gautam is the younger son of Neeti and Gurudas Kamat Bambolkar. His father is a renowned theatre and literature artist and Kala Gaurav Puraskar awardee. He was born in Bandora-Ponda but due to his father’s bank job, moved around different parts of Goa, which made him take up his primary/secondary education from different schools such as Vidya Bhuvan (Margao), St Joseph High School (Aquem) and People’s High School (Panjim).

Besides his passion for photography, Gautam, who comes from a design background, has been actively involved in design, advertising and theatre as well, where he has won numerous awards and received recognition from leading bodies in those respective fields.

When it comes to these international photography competitions, his photos compete with thousands of entries coming from over 100 countries. Each photo goes through rigorous screening from leading photographers and is judged based on concept, creativity and execution.

“I am a religious follower of design, be it in any field. I get attracted to things where I am being challenged as a designer and that is what makes me put my hands in all the different forms of art. In terms of photography, I feel that anybody with a camera is a photographer. My struggle is to go from a photographer to good photographer and ultimately be the best,” says Gautam, while speaking about the photography awards he has won in the national and international competitions.
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