Contest Was Announced As Part Of Activities After UN Approved 2022 As International Year Of Glass
In May 2021, the General Assembly of the UNITED NATIONS approved 2022 as the International Year of Glass. Many glass-related activities are planned worldwide. Among these, AIGMF announced its first photography contest for the age group of 7-24 years on the theme: Glass in our Lives.
Distinguished jury members representing a cross section of glass sectors and regions decided the top thee photographs out of approximately 7,000 entries received from educational institutes and the youth across India.
The jury comprised Mr Sanjay Somany, former president of AIGMF and CMD HNG Inds. Ltd; Mr Sanjay Ganjoo, former president of AIGMF and COO Asahi India Ltd; Dr Suman Kumari Mishra, FNASc, Director CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute and Adjunct Prof. AcSIR and Ex-Dean Eng. Sc. AcSIR; Professor Manoj Choudhary, former president of Int’l Commission on Glass, Adjunct Prof. Materials Science & Engineering, The Ohio State University and President, MKC Innovations, LLC (USA); Dr Arun K. Varshneya, Emeritus Professor (Glass Science) Alfred University and President Saxon Glass Technologies, Inc. (USA); and Mr Dave Fordham, publisher of Glass Worldwide (UK).
The first prize of Rs 20,000 was given to S Christy Laura, aged 15 years, Class 10 student of Sri Akilandeswari Vidyalaya, (Trichy) Tamil Nadu. The second prize of Rs 10,000 went to Medhansh Singhla, aged 8 years, Class 3 student of Delhi Public School (Vasant Vihar) New Delhi, and the third prize of Rs 5,000 was awarded to Brijesh Jethva, aged 22 years, from Junagadh, Gujarat.
“The AIGMF’s 1st Photography Contest proved a worthy kickstart to the Federation’s planned activities for the International Year of Glass 2022 and Glass Worldwide was very pleased to be involved in the process,” said Mr Fordham, publisher of Glass Worldwide.
“The jury were presented with a vast selection of wide-ranging photographs to evaluate under the ‘Glass in our Lives’ theme, many of which were of a very high standard. All entrants should be commended for supporting the initiative and following a thorough judging process, I offer sincere congratulations to the winners,” he added.
“The enthusiasm shown by the youth through a large participation highlights the importance of glass in our daily lives. Not just photographs but some very good artwork of glass decorations, paintings were also submitted by the school children, emerging out of this interesting project. AIGMF would sincerely like to thank the Education departments of the Delhi government and other states who helped us connect with thousands of children on this educative project,” commented AIGMF Secretary Mr Vinit Kapur.
A formal award ceremony would be held parallel to the virtual Annual General Meeting of the AIGMF on September 10, where an online exhibition of selected photos of the event would also be unveiled, which would form a part of a touring exhibition on the theme ‘Glass in our Lives’.
Detailed coverage and best entries will be published in Kanch (Glass) and Glass Worldwide, preferred international journal of AIGMF in association with Kanch (a quarterly journal of AIGMF).
Lucky 500 entries will be given a specially designed empty Glass Bottle made out of recycled glass (manufactured by Hindustan National Glass & Industries Ltd., under its CSR initiative), carrying logos of International Year of Glass 2022 and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India Campaign).
The winning entries can be viewed at www.aigmf.com