India’s best single photograph revealed by the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

World’s largest photography competition announces Nikunj Rathod, as winner of India National Award

Bengaluru, March 30, 2017: The judges of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards today announce the photograph “Reckless Kids” by Nikunj Rathod, as the winner of India National Award.

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest photography competition, and the National Awards is a global program open to photographers of all abilities.  It aims to find the best single photograph taken a local photographer in 65 countries.

Rathod's winning image "Reckless Kids" is an action filled image of kids playing captured on at the Mahim bay in Mumbai.

Rathod (age 29) is an independent filmmaker and an award-winning photographer based in Mumbai. He enjoys working within the mediums of film and photography and was awarded 2nd place in the 2016 India National Award.

Talking about his winning image, Rathod says: "This image was taken in March 2016 at Mahim bay which is in Mumbai. I was wandering around that area and was waiting for the evening to come to take some silhouette photographs. After a while, some noise near by caught my attention. The noise was quite chaotic. From the distance, I saw a group of kids playing around some junk yard cars, screaming, throwing bottles at each other, fighting. It's only when I went closer that I realized how reckless they were!"

Commentingabout his success, Rathod continues: "Last year's achievements in the SonyWorld Photography Awards [2nd place India National Award and shortlisted inOpen People category] not only opened up new opportunities but has also put meon the map of the photographic world. This year's achievement came like anunexpected surprise!! I'm grateful to World Photography Organisation and Sonyfor believing in my work and giving me such life changing experiences! "

The runnersup positions for India National Award were given to:

•  2nd place: Avishek Das for theimage "The Faith of Life "

• 3rd Place: Prabha Jayesh for theimage "Untitled"

Winners andrunners-ups across all 65 National Awards were announced today, and can beviewed here.

Rathod'swinning work will be shown alongside the awards’ other winning and shortlistedimages at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibitionin London from April 21-May 7 and published in the annual winners’ book.

Sony World Photography Awards

Produced bythe World Photography Organisation, 2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the SonyWorld Photography Awards and a decade-long partnership with its headlinesponsor, Sony. The Awards recognize and reward the very best contemporaryphotography captured over the last year, and incorporate four competitions -Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. The overall winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards will beannounced on April 20.

Images byall National Award and Open category winners are available for publication

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