Dr. D. Jayavarthanavelu, ex-Chairman and Managing Director of Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd. (LMW), was a multi-faceted visionary leader, well known for his business acumen and humility.
He was also an accomplished photographer, who photographed a wide variety of subjects across the globe.
As a tribute to this visionary leader, LMW has instituted the DJ Memorial Photography Contest (DJMPC)annually at Coimbatore. The DJMPC contest will carry a total cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs.
The entries for the first edition of DJMPC were received this year from April 2012, up to July 2012. A total of 1,148 participants participated in the contest, bringing the total number of entries to 3,700 images. The judging of the contest was done by a panel, comprising of renowned wildlife photographer T.N.A. Perumal, Rohinton J. Mehta (Technical Editor, Smart Photography magazine), and K. Maruthachalam (eminent Coimbatore based photographer and lab owner), in August 2012. Entries were received in two categories- Nature and Open.
The award ceremony was held on 7th September 2012 at Sri Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery (in Coimbatore). The prizes were presented to the respective winners by Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu, Managing Director, LMW. The photo expo was inaugurated by Smt. Rajyalakshmi Jayavarthanavelu. Award winning photographs and other selected images were put up for public viewing at the art gallery till 9th September 2012.
The respective award winners for the inaugural DJ Memorial Photography Contest award winners are: –
H.Sathish, Bengaluru-1st prize Rs. 3 Lakhs Debraj Chakraborty, Assam- 2nd prize Rs.1-5 Lakhs Sugato Mukherjee, Kolkata- 3rd prize Rs.50,000
Dhritiman Mukherjee, Kolkata- 1st prize Rs. 3 Lakhs R. Prakash, Coimbatore- 2nd prize Rs. 1-5 Lakhs H.V. Praveen Kumar, Bengaluru- 3rd prize Rs. 50,000