Photography enthusiast students not just in Delhi University but across India got a chance to showcase their work at Hindu College’s recently held Snap Photography Festival.
Organised by the Film and Photography Society of Hindu College, Vivre, the festival invited student entries on three exciting themes – Street, Vintage and Machine - and gathered equally exciting photographs.
These were displayed over two days at the heritage building Dr Bharat Ram House of Culture in Delhi.
Vivre is one of the most sought-after societies among all colleges of DU.
The society, run largely by senior students, receives at least 500 applications every year of which only 20 are selected finally.
They regularly organise photography workshops, talks by eminent photographers and interesting photo walks.
Snap is their annual festival which sees a photography competition and then exhibition as well.
This time, Snap had three very interesting themes - Street, Vintage and Machine. These fetched over 5,000 entries from across the country.
As Anikesh Kishor, the student president of the society and an English (Hons) student at Hindu, informed us, “There were entries from DU, Jamia Millia Islamia and Indraprastha University, but also a large number from varsities in south India.
In fact, we had a lot of entries from school students which shows how far the word spread and Snap is definitely gathering a lot of goodwill.”
Students came up with remarkable pictures of vintage cars and bikes in the Vintage category.
There were old clocks, antique coins and also a photograph of a war tank dating back to World War I taken in Nagaland. Students went all sci-fi in the machines category taking snaps of bulldozers and cranes, close shots of springs, bike parts etc.
Street, being a broad theme, saw an even larger number of entries featuring nameless but expressive faces from the streets, passers-by, hawkers, beggars et al.
At least 50 pictures were put on show.
Additionally, the first day of the fest saw a fascinating talk by renowned photographer William Chang, along with an interesting workshop on the basics of photography organised by Canon on the second day.
Snap 2014 ended on a high note as the three winners of the online photography competition - Prateek Sultania, Kush Kukreja and Sana Kamra - were awarded lenses by representatives from Canon representatives and the organising team.