Kite Photo Festival 2012 – what’s left behind

Written by on January 10, 2012 in Announcement, Contest, Event, Festivals, Photography - 4 Comments

ArtUmbrella Kite Photo Festival is back! Last year, the winner Siddharth Dasari had his photograph displayed at Kunzum Travel Cafe, New Delhi and also won an autographed Ajay Jain book – Postcards from Ladakh.

This time around, the photography contest involves thinking about the environment.

To Participate

  • Theme: What’s left behind
  • Upload your photograph on the ArtUmbrella Facebook page
  • Last date for entries is 22nd January 2012
  • You are free to send in multiple entries
  • If selected, we need high-res images from you for prints

You win

The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle tshirt by The Root!

Aside the winning photograph, other entries considered good by the judging panel will be exhibited at Mocha Mojo ( a Bandra outlet by Mocha – Coffees & Conversations) in February 2012.

More about the ArtUmbrella Kite Photo Festival

While it’s a delight engaging in the aerial war of coloured rhombus and even funky Bollywood/Superhero themed kites, how does the landscape look post-battle?

Like all celebrations, Makar Sankranti also generates festival garbage. The ‘wounded warriors’ (kites) silently avenge their defeat by clogging the environment. Trees, railway lines, roads, gutters, telephone cables. And they even take lives. When their glass-tinted strings (manja) slices or forms a death noose for birds.  Anand Pendharkar of SPROUTS says, “Over 20, 000 kites, owls, crows, pigeons and koels get injured every year post this festival.” (Helplines to aid an wounded bird can be found in this article). Watching these birds breathe their last, sometimes tangled upside down with their tender flesh being cut through, is more chilling than the coldest January morn.

Yes it’s sad, that the very swatches of artwork which soar in the skies to spread joy and unity on 14th January becomes a threat to society for the rest of the days after. Hence ArtUmbrella joins hands with like-minded organizations The Root and Mocha Treehuggers urging you to Celebrate Responsibly. The Root is a platform to propagate social and environmental issues through a range of creative mediums and merchandise. Mocha Treehuggers is a community that conducts tree plantation, nature awareness camps, cleanup drives and visits to national parks in a bid to create awareness about living in harmony with the environment.

Together, we are looking for photographs that highlight this post-festival blues.

All the best!



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