©First Prize Winner _ Aryana Malav

Photography Challenge - Nature, Culture & Architecture Winners Announced!

Foreword

Nature, Culture, Architecture is a photgraphy competition organized by archiol in association with artuminate.

This competition received 78 entries from around the world.

Scroll down to check the winning entries.
• First Prize Winner_ Aryana Malav (India)
• Second Prize Winner_ Xinyu LI (France)
• Third Prize Winner_ Sayam Mulani (India)

First Prize Winner!

©Aryana Malav

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The heritage walk of Ahmedabad

The heritage walk of Ahmedabad starts at fifteen minutes to eight in the morning at Swaminarayan Temple. Imagine going there with a group of 40 people on time. This was a very different experience managing with all these people. It was fun, and I got a whole new knowledge about the pol community in Ahmedabad. This walk takes us through the narrow streets of Pol and various heritage monuments, buildings, temples etc., of Ahmedabad. This walk is 2km which takes two and half hours, and end at Jami Masjid.
This photograph is of Pol in Ahmedabad takes us back to the late nineteenth century. A panorama of this Pol reveals an idyllic and easy-going picture of life in the pols. One often sees cows ambling and ruminating lazily, old men chatting, a handful of women performing their daily stints on the “Otla”. A beautifully carved wooden “Chabutara” stands in silence. However, the extraordinary splendour of these Havelis is only visible when one enters them. They are to be sure a feast to the eyes as one finds the brilliance of the sensitive wood cutting in the boards, sections, jaali, windows, etc.

ARYANA MALAV

 

Second Prize Winner!

©Xinyu Li

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“If I could, I would build only churches”

“If I could, I would build only churches”, said by Mario Botta who has built the Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul. Inside the museum, the most prominent place in the interior is this spiral staircase. This staircase connects all the exhibition halls. To walk from one gallery to another, you need to enter this tower and look at the interior view from the spiral windows. It is quite a feeling of being in a medieval church and tower.

XINYU LI

Third Prize Winner!

©Sayam Mulani

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“Iconography ora Tainted Image?”

Every city has a monument that symbolizes its essence and the best that it has to offer. For ‘the city that never sleeps’ it is the Commemorative entrance archway of the tip of the town, ‘The Gateway of India’. A lot of people have mixed opinions about this particular public monument, about its conception and execution but one thing is for sure….it makes an image! As rightfully intended to do so, since it was built to celebrate and commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Maryand their visit of India. Hence, indirectly becoming a permanent symbol and reminder of British Raj and years of domination over our country. While this may be the historical truth of the matter what is also factually seen today is the very essence of Mumbai reflected in the architecture of the Gateway. With its Indo-Saracenic style the monument combines the boldness of colonial architecture to India’s rich historical Mughal and traditional Hindu flavours making for a truly unique blend. These multicultural reference in the built form represent strongly the multicultural hotspot that Mumbai today has become. Just as beautifully as these diverse architectural features come together to form this magnificent symbol, in the same way several cultures come together to form a cohesive whole that is our country. Which begs us to question if a monument built to symbolize British Raj should be celebrated as the perfect representative of the city of Mumbai which leaves us asking, “Iconography or a Tainted Image?”

SAYAM MULANI

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Honorable Mention

©Jake Ames

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Transition

JAKE AMES  (US)

 

Honorable Mention

©Lee so Scott

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ARCHITECTURAL FRAMING

LEE SO SCOTT (UK)

Honorable Mention

©Shreya Babbar

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Openings

SHREYA BABBAR  (INDIA)

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