Two Indian Teenagers Won a Prestigious Global Photography Competition and Their Clicks Are Amazing

Darpan (14) won in the Young Travel Photographer of the Year category, while Ankit (13) was awarded in the '14 years old and under' category.

Two young Indian photographers, Darpan Basak and Ankit Kumar have won the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year award. Darpan (14) won in the Young Travel Photographer of the Year category, while Ankit (13) was awarded in the ’14 years old and under’ category.

Both teenagers are avid photographers and have been behind cameras for some time now. Darpan learned photography on his own and began pursuing it seriously in 2012. He also received an honourable mention in the Royal Society of Biology’s Conflict and Survival photography competition in 2015. For this year’s award, he photographed the fishermen of Chandipur, Odisha, pursuing the theme of Places and Experiences.

The judges said his series of clicks build an excitement and convey a sense of action.


A beautiful shot of a person running into the sea was one of Darpan Basak’s (age: 14) winning photographs. Photo Source: Twitter

Ankit, on the other hand, is new to photography and began his journey when he received a camera as a gift for his 13th birthday. Within the short period of time, he travelled the world capturing wildlife across Asia and Africa and landscapes of Europe and North America. Currently a student of Class 8 in Singapore, Ankit won in the Places and Experiences theme category.

His winning photograph captured a flock of flamingos taking flight above Lake Natron in Tanzania, Africa.


Ankit Kumar (age: 13) won the TPOTY (14 and under) for this photograph where he captured a flock of flamingos taking flight above Lake Natron in Tanzania. Photo Source: Travel Photographer of the Year

The Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) is a photo competition conducted annually by and for photographers, receiving entries from more than 100 countries around the world. The awards were founded by professional photographers Chris Coe and business partner Karen Coe in 2003 with an aim to provide different perspectives to travel photography.

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