A smile is the reflection of happiness and satisfaction, no wonder, children smile a lot! The best way to immortalize the joy and happiness of their childhood is photography. Click a Smile, an online photography contest conducted by The Akshaya Patra Foundation, gives you a chance to eternalize these innocent smiles through the art of photography.
Anyone from across the world who loves to click pictures-either professionally or as a hobby- can participate in the Akshaya Patra photo contest. The 2015 photography competition puts forward certain rules and regulations for the photographers. Contestants can upload only up to three photographs for the online photography contest. The images should be of a smiling child or a group of happy children. The photographs can be shot in any background including home, school or playground. The photographs should be in a digital (JPEG) form, should be less than 4 MB and should have a minimum resolution of 800 pixels.
Most importantly, the photographs should be original and not manipulated. However, the participants have the freedom to make some minor edits in their images, mainly in curves, colour, saturation, contrast, levels, cropping, clean ups and sharpening. Images with too much of manipulation will not be accepted for the Akshaya Patra photo contest. Similarly, composite images, sandwich shots and photographs with more than one separate image or multiple exposures will be disqualified from the online photography contest.
All the entries of the online photography contest will be thoroughly analysed and evaluated by a group of highly qualified professionals from the industry. The best three entries will be decided on the basis of content, composition, sensitivity, creativity and style and will be honoured with a trophy, certificate and gift voucher from the organisation.
The 2015 photography competition has three experts as judges. Kanick Samuel, who is currently serving J Walter Thompson, Bangalore as Senior Creative Director, has 12 years of experience in advertising industry. Being a product of Chitrakala Parishath, College of Fine Arts, Bangalore, Kanick has used his creativity to serve some leading advertising agencies like Ogilvy & Mather, Contract, Saatchi & Saatchi and Mudra Communications.
The second judge, Suresh V.B., a professional photographer, is working as a Creative Consultant in Circle Communications. Suresh is an expert in candid street, portrait and travel photography.
Our final judge Vicky Roy is a documentary photographer. Mastering the art of photography from the International Centre of Photography (ICP), Vicky was chosen to photo document reconstruction of World Trade Center, New York in 2008.
Click a Smile has succeeded in pulling crowds in the past. Last year, the Akshaya Patra photo contest received an amazing response with a whopping 1,500 entries from 50 countries. This year, we expect more!
Deadline for submitting images for the 2015 photography competition is 22nd December, 2015.
Pick up your camera, register yourself and satisfy the shutterbug in you. We can help turn your passion into an achievement! Don’t miss this chance to take part, and spread the joy of smiles too.