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Panning the view

Meet Joshy Manjummel, winner of the first prize at the photography contest conducted by the Public Relations Department of the State.


PHOTOGRAPHY MEANS everything to Joshy Manjummel, the first prize-winner of this year's photography contest conducted by the Public Relations Department of the Government of Kerala. Joshy, who has over 10 years of experience in this field, is one of the noted freelance photographers of the State. The photographs taken by Joshy bear testimony to his skill.


He snaps pictures of wild animals, diverse art forms and ancient monuments on his favourite Nikon F90X camera. Though awards are nothing new to him, this 36-year-old photographer is elated at his recent achievement. "I'd expected a prize but certainly not the first prize," says a delighted Joshy.

It was the photograph of a woman and child walking through a mist-clad road in Munnar that won him the prize. A number of photographs taken by Joshy can be found on the State Government's official website on Kerala tourism. His clientele includes major advertising agencies and Government departments.

"I have always been fascinated by the camera." During school excursions, Joshy used to be the "official photographer".



Joshy Manjummel

A career in photography has been a dream come true for Joshy. He started his career as a microphotographer. Microphotography involves taking photographs of small creatures and insects. He stresses the importance of a keen sense of observation for this job. "The camera should be a photographer's third eye. He should have the ability to capture everything around him within the lens frame," says Joshy.

He is at his best when he captures the landscape through the lens. But it is as a wildlife photographer that Joshy wishes to prove his skill. "Wildlife photography is challenging work. A wildlife photographer must possess qualities such as patience and accuracy. The willingness to take risks is also important," says Joshy, who had won the second prize in a wildlife photography contest conducted by the Kerala State Forest Department in 2003.

Joshy's love for Nature is evident in the photographs taken by him. "It is difficult to capture Nature in all its charm and vibrancy," he says. However, the facsimile images Joshi has clicked are proof enough of his command over the craft. A city-based publishing firm has brought out a collection of his works on rural Kerala as greetings cards. Joshy plans to tour north India in his quest to capture the sights and colours of the land. He wishes to exhibit these images under the title, `Faces and Moods.'

A. V. AADHARSH

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