The competition encourages anyone over the age of 16, from any walk of life, to submit a photo that they feel captures the essence of Diwali through family, fun, colour or light.
Entry is simple! All entrants need to do is upload the best photos from their Diwali festivities or images that represent the festival of lights to the photo competition section of the Sightsavers Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/r3lk4M), along with a short caption that explains each photo and what it means to them. The closing date for entries is 31st August and participants can submit as many entries as they like!
Soap star and newly appointed celebrity ambassador for Sightsavers, Himesh Patel, is also a budding photographer and is planning to submit one of his own images as part of the competition. He says: “I think the competition is a really innovative way of getting people to think about how lucky we are to have our sight. Diwali is so bright and colourful – from the diyas to the rangoli and fireworks. Imagine not being able to see the light that is at the heart of the festival of lights.”
Entries are initially voted for by the public, and the top 10 photographs with the highest votes being shortlisted and presented to our judging panel. The winning entry will be printed as the Sightsavers Diwali card for this year, and the winner will also receive a Samsung digital camera and a pair of Polaroid sunglasses.
Anisha Vasani, Editor of Asiana and a judge for the competition said: “This is a lovely reward for any budding photographer. To think that their picture could be printed on thousands of cards that will be sent to friends and families all over the world to celebrate such a special festival for the community is pretty awesome! As judges we’ll be looking for creativity and images that emote the vibrancy and excitement associated with Diwali.”
Entries for the Sightsavers Diwali Photo Competition can be uploaded by logging on to http://on.fb.me/r3lk4M. All entries must be uploaded by 31st August 2011.