To celebrate World Environment Day on 5th June, the State Science, Technology and Environment Department in association with Photo Journalists Association of Goa (PJAG) has organized ‘Nature’s Photography Contest 2011’ wherein hundreds of amateur and professional photographers will take on to the forest areas of Goa to get the best frame captured in their camera, which will get them featured in the coffee table book and a state level exhibition.
PJAG President Rajtilak Naik said that those participating in the competition will have to click the pictures only on 5th June, which would be confirmed from the soft copies procured from them.
The winners of the competition will get the cash prizes and besides,0 their picture will be featured in a coffee table book, which will be printed from completely recycled paper.
PJAG has also decided to host exhibition of the best photographs, which will give peep into the forests of the state. Naik said that the pictures should be clicked only within Goa border.
Moreover, the association has decided to plant five trees after every sale of the book. “We will be joining hands with various institutes, who will plant trees. After each book is sold, we will plant five trees,” he said.
Naik said that the photography in the state’s mining belt has become a risky preposition these days with the mining mafia raising its ugly head.
He recalled how recently Journalist Gary Azavedo, working for Goan Observer Weekly was kidnapped by mining goons at Cauvrem village and later was released only after Chief Minister Digambar Kamat intervened.