Chennai-based photographer Sharad Haksar, has added two more to his wins at awards through the year at the just announced PDN PIX Digital Imaging Awards 2005. The contest is into its 11th year now, and covers all aspects of the digital workflow, from capture, scanning, and manipulation to output.
This year, the organisers introduced two categories – collaborative, which honours the best creative partnerships, and the news category, which features the best in digital editorial photography. The lone Indian lensman among the winners at the contest organised by the New York-based two-decade-old PDN (Photo District News) monthly, is the only photographer to win honours in both the Personal Photography and the Commercial Photography categories.
His ‘Wedding Band Series’ won him the Merit Certificate in Personal Photography while the ‘Woodcurls’ shot for Rachel’s Hair Stylist brought him the Merit in the Commercial Photography Category.
Reacting to the wins, Haksar said, “PDN is a tough nut to crack. From my personal experience I know that a picture that wins a D&AD nomination may not make the grade at PDN. So I am glad I won two Merits. The Wedding Series is close to my heart as it has an old world charm. The ‘Woodcurls’ shot has won a nomination earlier at the New Yorks Festivals, so I kind of expected it to win.”
The judges for this year’s contest included David Carol, Director of Photography at Viacom Outdoor; Matt Owens, founder of Brooklyn-based studio Volumeone; Duncan Marshall, Executive Creative Director, Publicis, New York; Claudine Boeglin, co-founder and Creative Director of Magnum in Motion; Shannon McMillan, Art Buyer, GSD&M; and Jan Jacobs, Head of Art, Saatchi & Saatchi, New York.
Awards have been well in focus for Haksar this year. Besides wins in advertising awards, including Spark 2005 (Chennai Ad Club Awards), where his agency 1pointsize won ‘Agency of the Year’, he has won several accolades for his photography.
These include a gold at the New York Festivals, a place among the ‘Top 10 Photographers of the Year’ by Popular Photography, the Adobe Galgo ‘Photographer of the Year’ award, nine honorable mentions at the International Photography Awards, and a gold, a silver and two bronzes for photography at Spark 2005.
When it comes to awards, we know his point of view. Have you read ‘Oliver Twist’?