The Indian Photography Festival (IPF) - Hyderabad, a Not-For-Profit initiative of Light Craft Foundation, is an international photography festival, showcasing a wide range of photography from India and around the globe with a series of events, including talks and discussions, portfolio reviews, book launches, screenings, workshops etc. The IPF creates a platform for the professional and aspiring photographers, the photography lovers and the public where the festival promotes the art of photography at the same time address the social issues through the medium of photography. The IPF 2017 will take place at the State Gallery of Art - Hyderabad, from 21st Sept - 8th Oct.


  • Aquin Mathews


  • Mags King - Managing Picture Editor - Fairfax Media
  • Natan Dvir - Photographer & Faculty at ICP, New York
  • Deepak John Mathew - Associate Professor - IIT Hyderabad (Dept. of Design)
  • Barbara Davidson - Photojournalist
  • Alison Stieven-Taylor - Journalist
  • Prabhakar Kusuma - Photographer
  • Russell Hart - Photographer & former Photo Editor at American Photo


Vikas Nama | Naveen Indrasena Reddy | Ananya Sinha | Vinay Parab | Nishanth Kumar Biderkote | Vishal Chakraraj | Praveen Kumar Reddy | Shweta Pradhan | Vikash Sinha | Mahanth Babu | Rohith Kumar Reddy | Satyanarayana Gola

IPF Portrait Prize

In association with Creative Image Magazine

The 'Indian Photography Festival' PORTRAIT PRIZE 2017 is a portrait competition open to the photographers from the Indian subcontinent. Photographers have been making portraits for centuries and what's so interesting about portraiture is its ability to capture the essence of a person, a time-period, or a culture. This award aims at discovering the compelling portraits and extra-ordinary talents.


  • Cash Prize :- First Prize - INR. 50,000 | Second Prize - INR. 25,000 | Third Prize - INR. 10,000.
  • Accessories - 1st Prize - Manfrotto Tripod worth INR. 21,593 | 2nd Prize - Manfrotto Active Bag pack worth INR. 10,318 | 3rd Prize - Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod worth INR. 1,600. (Prizes prvided by our accessories partner - Manfrotto & Srishti Digilife)
  • Exhibition of the 20 finalists as part of the Creative Image Exhibitionat the Indian Photography Festival - Hyderabad 2017 from 21 SEP - 08 OCT.
  • Winning Images to be published in Creative Image Magazine.
  • One Year Print Subscription of the Creative IMAGE Magazine.
  • Possible chances of exhibiting at overseas festivals.

  • Judge
  • Raghu Rai
  • Editorial Director - Creative Image Magazine

Mr Raghu Rai is a legendary Indian photographer and was the first Indian to be inducted in the Magnum Photo Agency. His work spans five decades and provides an unparalleled visual description of India and also covers every major events that took place. Creative IMAGE Magazine is an initiative taken by Raghu Rai to promote photography as an art form and also explore it as a medium of expression in the Indian Subcontinent and the world to bring out various issues that play a major role in the modern society.

Terms and Conditions :-

This is an Agreement between the Applicant and Light Craft Foundation. By submitting an image applicants agree to the following Terms and Conditions:

  • The 'Indian Photography Festival' Portrait Prize is open to any, 18 years of age or older, from the Indian subcontinent.
  • The entry should be appropriate with the category of portrait; you can also submit group portraits and self-portraits.
  • Digital files must be no longer than 2000 Pixels in either height or width and saved as Jpegs (.jpg), in RGB format and not exceed 4 MB per file, at 72dpi.
  • No identifying mark is allowed anywhere on the entry.
  • The copyrights of the images remains with the photographer. All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used for publicity and promotional purposes in any media related to the competition, at no charge; the photographer will be credited for the use of their work.
  • The entrant must be the sole author of the photograph and the photograph must be an original work and the entrant is responsible for taking all steps necessary to protect the rights of persons depicted, including but not limited to obtaining their permission. Also the entrant should be responsible for any legal issues related to the entries submitted and agree to pay any costs occurred due to the same.
  • The results will be announced during the opening of the Indian Photography Festival - HYDERABAD on Sept 21st 2017 @ 6:00 PM.
  • The finalists and the winners in the Portrait Prize will be exhibited during the Indian Photography Festival - HYDERABAD from Sept 21st 2017 - Oct 8th 2017 and may tour different cities in India and overseas and by submitting an entry, you are agreeing to have prints of your photographs shown in these exhibitions at no charge.
  • Photographers selected for the exhibition will be required to obtain a model release form the person/s featured in the photograph and a minor release form signed by the parent or legal guardian in case of a minor.
  • Winners are responsible for the payment of any taxes or fees levied on the prizes.
  • Light Craft Foundation reserves the right to suspend or postpone or amend the competition.
  • Light Craft Foundation reserves the right to exclude entries and withhold selection for violating any of its terms and conditions
  • Please email us to in case of any queries.
  • Only one entry per applicant and the last date for submission is 6th August 2017.


  • Stuart Franklin

    Photographer - Magnum Photos

  • Reza Deghati

    Photojournalist & Humanitarian

  • Andrea Bruce

    Photographer - Noor Images

  • Sudharak Olwe


  • Kate Geraghty

    Photojournalist - Sydney Morning Herald

  • Natan Dvir


  • Gurinder Osan

    Photo Editor - PTI

  • Helena Schatzle

    Documentary Photographer

  • Q Sakamaki

    Documentary Photographer & Co-founder -#everydayjapan & Hikari Creative

  • Prashant Godbole


  • Cecilia Paredes

    Fine Art Photographer





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September is one of the best month to visit Hyderabad. And there is no time like the Indian Photography Festival 2017.

Indian Photography Festival 2017 is a MUST to include in your itinerary whether you are visiting from other parts of India or overseas. The 2017 Festival runs from 21st Sep - 08th October.

You are invited, from every corner of the world to join us for the Indian Photography Festival 2017.


The State Art Gallery, one of Hyderabad’s leading art space is located at Kavuri Hills, Madhapur, just a 10 minutes walk from the nearest bus stop. Admission to the Gallery is free.

Opening hours:

  • Monday - Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Friday - Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00


There are different types of accommodation available in Hyderabad near the main venue and for details or any other assistaance please email


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