Chennai August 15th, 2011
The Takshashila Institution, in collaboration with the Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Hewlett-Packard (Imaging and Printing group) announces the launch of India Impressions, an online international photography competition, to capture perspectives of an emerging India by engaging the photographer community. The competition will be conducted on Flickr, a popular photo sharing platform, and adopt Creative Commons licensing to make high quality images widely available.

Navdeep Suri, MEA’s Joint Secretary (PD) said, “We often get messages from our diplomatic missions around the world pointing to the difficulty in accessing high quality images that show the new India. I am confident that India Impressions will plug this gap by generating photographs that capture our country’s transformation and make them available to students, researchers, business and media and to anyone else interested in India.”

The best photographs will be featured in a grand photo exhibition in New Delhi, printed on HP DesignJet Large format photo printers, displayed at Takshashila’s roundtables & Shala events, printed and published in magazines/journals of the Takshashila Institution and the Ministry of External Affairs. The top entries will also receive gift hampers from Takshashila, MEA and other sponsors.

Contributions are invited under four broad themes:
a) India Engages – India’s relations with the world
b) India Empowers – How India is creating economic & social empowerment at home & abroad
c) India Enlightens – On knowledge and spirituality
d) India Entertains – On culture, sports and other forms of entertainment

Anyone can participate by registering at Takshashila’s website and uploading an unlimited number of properly tagged images of Flickr. All entries must be made available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. Entries can be submitted between 15th August 2011 to 15th February 2012. There is no limit to the number of photographs that a participant can submit.

Read the rules & terms of the competition before you register »