Four fellowship winners will be awarded a grant of Rs 2 lacs each, to build their body of photographic work, under the guidance of mentors assigned to them


Our jury cum mentors are:

Parthiv Shah

Parthiv Shah has made several documentary films, curated exhibitions and has many photo-books to his credit. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, India, he was invited as a visiting scholar at the SOAS, London University and at the University of California, Davis. Growing up in a family of artists and through his own professional training, he brings an interesting intersection of art, photography and design to his work. He has been awarded a senior fellowship in Photography by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India; the Charles Wallace Fellowship, UK and the Fulbright Lectureship award to teach photography at the UCLA, USA.


Shah is the Founder-Director of the Centre for Media and Alternative Communication (CMAC). He has been teaching photography and film as a visiting faculty at the National Institute of Design and Jamia Millia Islamia University in India. Lately, he has been particularly interested and engaged in working on the issue of image perception and representation. His visual journeys have led him into working with communities that are finding a mainstream voice. He was appointed as an adviser to Prasar Bharati, for the re-branding of Doordarshan and All India Radio.

His photographs have been exhibited in India, Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, Nepal, South Africa, Thailand, the Netherlands, Japan, Spain, Russia, the UK and the USA.

Bandeep Singh

Bandeep Singh is a reputed editorial and fine art photographer and is currently working as the Group Photo Editor of the India Today Group. His images have been published in Time, Fortune, The New York Times, Business Week, Forbes and numerous other publications. Singh’s personal photographic work is more conceptual and exploratory. He is deeply influenced by his cultural leanings and interest in Indology, mysticism, Sufi poetry and music. He works in diverse genres, ranging from documentary photography, portraiture and eroticism to conceptual still life photography.

A keen student of photography and visual communication, Singh has been on the jury of the India Habitat Centre grant for photography since 2005. His images were displayed at the 2007 SAARC Summit in Delhi. In 2004, he received the Charles Wallace India Trust award in photography. Singh’s works are in the permanent collection of Essl Museum, Vienna and the Nirankari Museum of Faith, New Delhi. He lives and works in Delhi.

Prabir Purkayashta

Prabir Purkayastha began his career in advertising and worked for over two decades in India’s leading advertising agencies. He has been photographing for the past 20 years. In addition to Ladakh and Assam, he is currently photographing Kolkata, Rajasthan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

He was awarded the Habitat Award for Best Photography Exhibition for 2002. His Interglobe calendar for 2003 was presented a gold at the SAPPI Asian Awards for Printing. Purkayastha was nominated for the international Prix Pictet 2009 Award and selected as one of the Super Six Photographers for 2009 by Fuji Film, India.


In 2006, his work on Ladakh won the coveted Spotlight Award, bestowed by the international photography magazine, Black & White. During the past few years, he has held critically acclaimed solo exhibitions in New York, Chicago, London, Katonah, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Aditya Arya

Aditya Arya’s journey as a professional commercial and travel photographer began in 1980, after graduating in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. Following a brief stint in the Mumbai film industry, he shifted back to Delhi. Known for his advertising photography work in the genres of Architecture, Interiors, Industrial and Food, Arya has been widely published by travel magazines and books. He has curated many shows, nationally and internationally, of archival and contemporary visual works, including some at prestigious institutions such as the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and the National Museum, New Delhi.


Over the last couple of years, he has been completely immersed in the subject and practice of photographic conservation. Uncovering the historic photographic works, poring over thousands of negatives and vintage prints from the famous Kulwant Roy Collection, honing his skills and knowledge on preservation, restoration and archiving, he has played a pivotal role in the formation of the India Photo Archive Foundation.

Arya has also been on the jury of the prestigious National Art Exhibition 2014, organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi, besides many other national shows.