New Delhi: Ninety seven-year-old Homai
Vyarawalla, the first woman photojournalist of the country, is
among four persons chosen for the first-ever national photo
awards this year.
Vyarawalla, hailing from Vadodara, is known for her
artistic work in the pre and post partition period. She
started her career as a freelancer with the Illustrated Weekly
Besides Vyarawalla, the award will also be conferred upon
79-year-old S Paul, an eminent photojournalist who was the
Chief Photographer of the Indian Express from 1962 to 1988.
In the pictorialists category, the Life Time Achievement
Award shall be conferred upon Benu Sen (79) of Kolkata, a
living legend in pictorial photography.
The second recipient in this category is K G Maheshwari
(88) from Mumbai.
The awards which have been instituted to commemorate the
Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Photo Division shall be
conferred upon by Vice President M Hamid Ansari on August 19.
The awards include a cash prize of Rs 1.50 lakh, a shawl,
a memento and a citation.