The Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture & Languages (JKACL ) had announced the State Photography Awards 2011. The awards instituted in 2008 are conferred in three categories carrying a cash prize of Rs 15,000, 10,000, and 7,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively. Apart from the three awards, four consolation prizes of Rs 1000 each are also given annually to the winners.
While making the announcement Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, Khalid Bashir Ahmad said that as many as 89 entries were received by the Academy for the competition. Of these, he informed, the Adjudicating Committee selected 67 entries for the competition.
Disclosing the winners Khalid said that the first, second and third prize have been bagged respectively by Ms Puja for her photo titled Purity, Channi Anand for his picture In an Animal Conflict and Abrar Ali Wani for his image Devotion.
The names of the consolation prize winners were also disclosed. The winners include Maqsood Bhat, Mir Sarwar, Mushtaq Assad and Parveen Kumar. All the four would get an equal amount of Rs 1000 as the prize money.