Shivji Joshi (Dr. Shiv Narayan Joshi) is an Indian photo-artist of international repute from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and active in the field of photography since 1964.
Joshi is a Gold medalist in M.A. Philosophy who retired as the Head of the Department of Philosophy, Jodhpur Jai Narain Vyas University.
As a photographer, Mr. Joshi has special interest in 'Desert Photography'. His work artistically portrays the wastelands of Rajasthan and also the folk culture of the state. Besides Desert Photography, he has done some incredible work in Travel and Street Photography.
Mr. Joshi holds AFIAF and Honourary FIP distinctions from the Federation of Indian Photography. His works have been published in print and digital medium worldwide including National Geographic. His work "Desert Crossing" became the cover of the book "Fundamentals of World Regional Geography". Altogether Shivji Joshi has received more than 900 acceptances and 125 awards in National and International Photo Contests
Shivji Joshi Says:
“Picture Bolta Hai 2022' photo contest organised by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd received very good photos both in quality and quantity, better than last year. Though majority of photos were taken by mobile quality of some of images were stunning. Photos submitted in Street Photography section were not so appealing in comparison with other two sections. May be due to the lack of understanding of street photography. But overall submission by participants is quite satisfactory. IndianOil is doing very good job by creating interest and awareness towards photography. I would recommend increase in the number of awards to encourage the employees. Further I would like to suggest holding of a workshop for employees on basics of photography like composition, exposure triangle, lines and light. I extend my Best Wishes, Shivji Joshi.”
Mohan Bane is a well-known and widely acclaimed photo journalist who has been in the limelight for almost five decades with his exclusive pictures related to politics, communal riots, various bandhs, agitations and sports.
He has covered for long various important events in his career as photographer which includes the long drawn out struggle of the textile workers in Mumbai, the Bhiwandi communal riots, the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts, 12th South Asian games, 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Besides wielding the camera effectively, he has put the pen to good use too and has authored 4 books so far.
Bane’s work has been appreciated by millions and he has been the recipient of many national and international awards and accolades. He was conferred with the Daily 'Ekmat' award for the best photo journalist in 1997. The Vishwa Sanwad Kendra's 'Devarshi Narad' award for photo journalism was presented to him in 2018. In 2019, he was selected for the prestigious Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Award by the Deep Kamal Foundation. It has been a long, arduous but a satisfying journey for him in the field of photo journalism.
Mohan Bane Says:
“ At the very outset my sincere apologies for not attending the prize distribution ceremony due to some prior commitments. I am quite amazed to see such large participation and a few really outstanding submissions. Special mention to IndianOil corporation for organizing the contest 'Picture Bolta Hai 2022' and encourage their employees to participate in such competitions which helps employees to think apart from their day to day job work. Though majority of pictures were taken from mobile phones and we could notice quality issues however must mention that a few of them although clicked through mobile were absolutely stunning. Nonetheless the overall submissions were far good My Best wishes to IndianOil Corporation for creating awareness towards photography. Best Wishes, regards Mohan Bane “
"The high angle has enabled the photographer to capture splendid overall view of the Gateway and surrounding area nicely. The people walking in foreground easily connect viewer’s eye to the Gateway of India which is the main subject. The water of sea and land on left side framing the main subject beautifully. Clouds in background create a soothing atmosphere."
"This photo has beautiful layering occupying foreground, mid ground and background by beautiful elements. Buddhist Chorten in foreground, frozen lake in mid ground, beautiful snow clad mountain in background create a serene and otherworldly atmosphere. Compositionally very strong image by placing all elements at right place. Emotionally the frame produces sense of feel of coolness, calmness and peace in the mind of a viewer. "
"The photo of an aged woman engaged in artwork surrounded by idols of clay is a storytelling image with powerful impact depicting hard life of street artists. The image successfully produces the emotion of sympathy and kindness in the mind of a viewer. Breathing space around all over frame is desirable."
"Beautifully arrested two eagles trying to catch fish in backwaters of sea-beach using high shutter speed. Usually it is difficult to capture flying birds like eagle as pin sharp. There is nice colour balance between brown wings and green foliage in background."
"Nice photo of Taj Mahal with fine details taken in morning soft light. Light pinkish glow on Taj creates a romantic atmosphere around it. Diagonal branches of tree framing the building prevent viewer’s eye to go out of frame. Horizon line, however is tilted slightly. "
"The street photo of an innocent girl selling colourful balloons has a powerful emotional value which attracts viewer’s attention forcibly. Girl’s face has been nicely framed by colourful balloons. Little more area of street might have added more interest and atmosphere into the frame."
"Nice silhouette photo of two young girls driving bi-cycles. Dust in air behind the girls added atmospheric perspective. The row of trees on both sides of road act as leading lines carrying viewer’s eye straight to the main subject (girls) and also add depth into the frame. Dog covering girls, is disturbing element. "
‘Picture Bolta Hai’ is the annual photography contest organized by IndianOil’s Western Regional Office for employees of Western Region (WR) as well as State Offices, Divisional Officers, Area Offices & locations under WR. This employee engagement activity provides opportunity to the employees to showcase their creative talent.
The response to this year’s Picture Bolta Hai Contest, the sixth edition held in September 2022, was truly overwhelming with 206 entries.
A two member panel of external judges Dr. Shivnarayan Joshi and Mr. Mohan Bane evaluated the submissions and admittedly had a tough time while evaluating the entries.