New Yorker wins photography award in India

New York: Amateur photographer Pramod Ladiwala has won a prestigious award in photography in India.

His photograph featuring the resplendent fall foliage with a view of Hudson river won the first prize at Fotofunia (International Photography)’s 2-day exhibition on March 6 and 7 at the ICCR Bengal Gallery in Rabindranath Tagore Center, Kolkata.

Fotofunia has about 3,800 members in 91 countries.

Ladiwala is a native of Jaipur and won the prize in the Landscape category. Coincidentally, another photographer who won in the Street category, Mukesh Dwivedi, is from Dungarpur in Rajasthan.

Fotofunia Chief Administrator Jayanti Sarkar said categories included wildlife, fashion, creative, art and documentary, and a total of 10 winners were announced.

ICCR Director RN Goswami, Anando Basu from FujiFilm India, Mansi Bhattacharya of Photography Association Dum Dum inaugurated the exhibition.

International singer Pandit Mallar Ghosh graced the occasion.

Ladiwala, 61, told The South Asian Times that he lives in Bardonia, NY and has his business in New City (Rockland County), NY. Starting his jewelry business in 1980, he also mastered small office networking. “Right now I do this as social service, helping friends and family and small businesses,” he says.

Delving since 2008 into photography, he is more into nature and wildlife, but when travelling “I will do all sorts”, he says.

His passion for photography has brought him quite a few awards and countless digital awards.

For Pramod Ladiwala, jeweler by profession, photography is not just a hobby, it has become a passion

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