Monday, June 9, 2014

India snapshots win NZ bank teller award

Joshua Donnelly, who has been working as a bank teller at ANZ in New Zealand since the last 10 years, was named the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year. And his award-winning photograph was shot in India last year!
Joshua Donnelly
Donnelly, a former travel agent, has travelled the world extensively. He has only been taking photos seriously since 2009 and he beat a field of professional photographers for the award.

He entered four photos into the competition. Three had been previously published in a photography magazine. "India has always intrigued me. I always thought I had to do it; I was a bit scared because the perception is it's dirty and filthy, but it was amazing," he said.
Women at Jama Masjid, Delhi
He was here for two weeks and said the photos he took reflected capturing people "in the moment". In a black and white photo taken at Jama Masjid in New Delhi, he said he needed to wait until the right time to capture the atmosphere. "I didn't want any tourists in there, so I waited for quite a bit. I think it has a very authentic feel to it."

Another photo shows a man sewing rice sacks together in Tordigarh. 
Man sewing rice sacks
He had previously got $5000 for winning a House of Travel photography competition, which he spent on the trip to India. Next on his travel list is Cambodia for which he won flights in this competition.

Donnelly said he wants to return to India - "it's one of the greatest places to photograph."

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