National Photography Award by Govt of India

8th National Photography Award - MIB, Government of India(Dates Extended)

Last date to apply

15 January 2020

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About National Photography Award

National Photography Award aim is to promote Nation's Art, Culture, Development, Heritage, History, Life, People, Society, Traditions, etc with art and technique of photography and to encourage professional and amateur photographers from all over the country

8th National Photography Award Theme for submitting the photographs is

  • For Professional Photographers: "Life and Water"
  • For Amateur Photographers: "Cultural Heritage of India"

Top 10 Photography Contest

Latest Update: 8th National Photography Award last date to apply is extended to 15 January 2020

8th National Photography Award Dates 2019



Last date of submission

15 January 2020

Short-listing of Images

1 - 20 January 2020

Judging Process and announcement of awards

20-30 January 2020

National Photography Award result

2nd week of February 2020

Award ceremony

Last week of February 2020

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National Photography Award Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region All India
Class/ Age Over 18 years of age

Professional Photographer- A person whose main source of livelihood is from photography (working in the capacity of
individual photographer or in a Photo Section, Newspapers, News agencies, Studios, teaching photography & communication or individual agencies or any form of a major source of revenue through photography) is considered to be "Professional Photographer".

Amateur Photographer- A Photographer who does photography as a hobby, for creative urge but her/his major source of
revenue should be from some other means is considered as "Amateur Photographer

National Photography Award Reward

Life Time Achievement Award: It shall be awarded to renowned photographers of the country who have made a long and outstanding contribution in the various fields of photography at the national and international level.

Awards  Total Prizes Cash Prize Other Prize
Life Time Achievement Award 1 Rs. 3 Lacs Special medal, Plaque or Trophy, a shawl & a citation
Professional Photographer of the Year 1 Rs 1 Lac Special medal or Plaque & a citation 
Amateur Photographer of the Year 1 Rs.75,000 Special medal or Plaque & a citation  
Special Mention Award- Professional Rs.50,000 each  Special medal or Plaque & a citation  
Special Mention Award- Amateur Rs.30,000 each  Special medal or Plaque & a citation  

Display of Winning Images

  • Winning images in all the categories of awards will be exhibited in major States in the country.
  • It would also be displayed on the official website of the Division to get worldwide promotion of the winners

Travel and Lodging to the Winners

The winners will be entitled to and fro flight tickets (economy class) and
hotel accommodation for two nights including the Awards night in accordance with Government of India rules.

The finalists must submit the original image file (digital/negative) to the Photo Division.

National Photography Award Application form and Process

The participant has to submit the entries through e-mail and also send the print out of the photographs as mentioned in the guidelines below.

  • No changes allowed: Once the entries are sent through e-mail, they will not be permitted for any replacement/cancellation/ addition and change in any case.

Guidelines for sending the Photograph

  • File Size of the Image: Each Image should be less than 2 MB size
  • Format of the Image: Image should be in JPG/JPEG
  • Print out of the Images: Soft images should be supplemented with the hard copies in 8”x 10”.
  • Please add the following information with the pictures 
    • Camera used 
    • Lens Focal Length
    • Aperture 
    • Shutter Speed 
    • ISO Setting 
    • Place 
  • Application Fees: There is no application fee.
  • No. of Entries that can be sent by the Photographers
    • Professional Photographers: 15
    • Amateur Photographers: 10
  • Personal Information: Entry should not contain personally identifiable information about the participant or any other person.
  • The picture should have been taken during the last two years time ending from the date
    of commencement of the contest for the subject.
  • Third-Party: Entry should not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property owned by the third party.
  • No commercial content: Entries should not contain any commercial content that promotes any product or service
  • Only fresh & unpublished pictures would be considered for professional photographers.
  • Only fresh pictures would be considered for amateur photographers.

Submission of the Application Form

The participants should be extremely careful while submitting their work. Below is the checklist of the things that have to be submitted to the ministry.

Submission Checklist

  1. High-Resolution Passport size photo of the participant
  2. Registration Form Filled
  3. Schedule 1 Filled
  4. Personnel work profile
  5. High-Resolution Photographs in original size in raw/JPG/JPEG format

Submit Entries through e-mail

The participant must submit the entries to E-Mail ID: photoawards-moib@nic.in  or photodiv@nic.in with a subject line “8th National Photography Awards” and category (Professional or Amateur). 

Soft Images must be supplemented with the hard copy of images and the dimension of the hardcopy image is 8" by 10"

Sending the Entries by post

  • After the participant has sent the photographs through e-mail they also need to send their images along with registration form and declaration (Schedule-I) to the mentioned address.
  • Registration Form: Click here to download the Registration Form.
  • Declaration Form: Fill Schedule 1 that is the Declaration in terms of Guidelines. Schedule 1 is a part of the guidelines of the competition.

Director, Photo Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,
Room No. 710, Soochna Bhawan, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003.

  • On the Envelope: Entrant should clearly mention on the top of the envelope participant of “8th National Photography Awards" 

National Photography Award Selection Process

8th National Photography Award Selection will consist of the Selection Committee comprising of a Chairman and not more than five members distinguished in the field of Photography or allied arts duly constituted by the Ministry of I&B, Government of India would be judging all the submitted entries.

The quorum for the deliberations of the Committee shall be at least 50% of the
members of the Committee including the Chairman.

National Photography Award FAQs

Q - Is there any entry fee to participate in the photography contest?

No there is no fee to participate in the contest.

Q - Is it compulsory to submit the registration form and declaration form along with the images?

Yes, the registration and declaration form should be duly filled and sent.

Q- What do we have to send in the personnel work profile?

The personal work profile of the participant should be of 150 to 200 words along with a  photograph of self (PP size, high resolution) 

Winners of 4th National Photography Award

Award Name Place
Life Time Achievement Award Shri. Surendra R.Patel Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Professional Photographer of the Years Shri. Swarup Dutta Purulia, West Bengal

Special Mention (Professional)
Shri Jayesh Navinchandra Shah Rajkot, Gujarat
Shri. Atul Vasant Ghag  Mumbai, Maharashtra
Shri. Pravin Rawat Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Shri. Arvind Kumar Jain Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Shri. Umesh Nikam Pune, Maharashtra
Amateur  Photographer of the Years Shri. R. Sasikumar Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Special Mention (Amateur)
Shri. Joydeep Mukherjee Kolkata, West Bengal
Shri. Akhil Hardia Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Shri. Nimai Chandra Ghosh Kolkata, West Bengal
Shri. Mukesh J. Thakkar Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Ms. Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi Jaipur, Rajasthan

National Photography Award Contact Details

Director, Photo Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, 
Room No. 710, Soochna Bhawan, CGO Complex, 
Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003.

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