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. 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 2019 will take place at the State Gallery of Art - Hyderabad, from 19th September - 20th October.

Register your free entry ticket to the festival at

IPF Portrait Prize 2019

The 'Indian Photography Festival' PORTRAIT PRIZE 2019 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.

  • Judge
  • Rafique Sayed
  • Fine Art Photographer

Rafique Sayed is one of India's most celebrated photographers, known for his dramatic style of black and white photography and super stylish and unforgettable portraits. He prefers black and white medium which according to him is the finest medium to portray the human emotions. The dramatic play of light and shades makes his pictures distinctive In his own words: The more I put on my plate, the hungrier I become. My canvas is still empty. I need people to help me fill it up with creative, meaningful and out of the ordinary work. I want to give gold for gold

Terms & 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 Jpeg (.jpg), in RGB format and not exceed 4 MB per file, at 150dpi.
  • No identifying mark is allowed anywhere on the entry.
  • Only one entry per applicant and the last date for submission is Sept 6th 2019 .
  • 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 19th 2019 @ 6:00 PM.
  • The finalists and the winners will be exhibited during the Indian Photography Festival - HYDERABAD from Sept 19th - Oct 20th 2019 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.
  • 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.

Open Call

We are happy to announce the list of photographers who are selected for the Print / Digital Exhibitions and Photo books through the Open Call 2019. We received a total of 700 submissions from 65 countries this year. Thanks everyone for your participation and interest in the Indian Photography Festival - HYDERABAD.

And a big thanks to our selection panel -James Wellford, Robin Schwartz, Diane Smyth, Deepak John Mathew, Nick Ut, Mag King, Rohit Chawla & Giles Clarke.

Print Exhibitions
  • Oded Wagenstein / Israel
  • Santi Palacios / Spain
  • Santanu Dey / India
  • Natela Grigalashvili / Georgia
  • Todd Forsgren / USA
  • Saumalya Ghosh / India
  • Alain Schroeder / Belgium
  • Antonio Aragon Renuncio / Spain
  • Anna-Tia Buss / Switzerland
  • Marylise Vigneau / France
  • Jorge Monaco / Argentina
  • Romain Thiery / France
  • Diana Bagnoli / Italy
Digital Exhibitions
  • Niraj Ger / India
  • Soumyendra Saha / India
  • Julie de Waroquier / France
  • Siddharth Behl / India
  • Santosh Korthiwada / India
  • Nicolo Filippo Rosso / Italy
  • Serkan ÇColak / Turkey
  • Martin Roemers / Netherlands
  • Lucia Giri / Slovakia
  • Uma Bista / Nepal
  • Vikesh Kapoor / India
  • Balarka Brahma / India
  • Graeme Oxby / UK
  • Carolina Arantes / Brazil
  • Paula Bronstein / USA
  • Marcus Cederberg / Sweden
Photo books
  • Hristina Tasheva / Bulgaria - In Belief is Power
  • Angelika Oetker-Kast / Germany - Cyprus Paradise
  • Andreas Oetker-Kast / Germany - Tamar, Where Are You?
  • Lukasz Gniadek & Krystyna Jdrzejewska-Szmek / Poland - Tropicale
  • Satyajit CP / India - Heavenly Bodies - A Photo Diary
  • Robert Schlaug / Germany - What's going on inside? Anonymous Industrial Buildings
  • Dikshit Sharma / India - JONBEEL
  • Elpida Katsika / Greece - UNE PROMENADE DANS LA BANLIEUE
  • Thomas Pickarski / USA - Snow, Sand, Ice
  • Guilherme Bergamini / Brazil - Education for all
  • Subhanil Roy / India - Chaurasi Kos Braj Mandal Parikrama
  • Stefano Reboli / Italy - Jhochhen Tole/DasainItaly - Jhochhen Tole/Dasain
  • Marek Lapis / Poland - Biato-Czerwona ( White-red)
  • Amit Bijon Dutta / India - Mystical Land of Ladakh
  • Vasiliy Kolotilov / Russia - Black Notebook
  • Harun Tole / Turkey - Where is your rupture?
  • Stavros Messinis / Australia - DREAM STATE
  • Charles Fox / UK - Buried
  • Karolina Jonderko / Poland - Self-portrait with my mother
  • Dennis Lehmann & Lasse Bak Mejlvang / Denmark - Inuit Now
  • Jenny Schafer / Germany - escalations escapations
  • Yatromanolakis Yorgos / Greece - The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings
  • Kerstin Hehmann / Germany - ROXY
  • Paula Bronstein / USA - Afghanistan Between Hope and Fear
  • Lindsay Morris / USA - You Are You


The Indian Photography Festival (IPF) Grant is designed to support an Indian photographer in completing an ongoing photographic project in India.

The IPF Grant recipient will receive INR 3,00,000 for the production of the proposed project. The winner will also get to exhibit and present their work at the festival's 2020 edition. They will have access to workshops and portfolio reviews at the 2019 edition and possible opportunities for exhibition at partner photo festivals across the world.


The grant is open to both professional and emerging Indian photographers over 18 years of age. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a proven ability to produce cohesive long-form documentary or photojournalistic essays with strong imagery. The proposed project should be an ongoing one and not have won more than INR 1,00,000 in support from other grants and/or awards in the previous calendar year.

How to apply:

There is no application fee for the grant. Each photographer may apply with only one proposal. Applicants are required to submit the following details using the online form here. Please do not email us any applications.

  • Project statement (300-500 words).
  • Bio (150-200 words).
  • A private or public link to an earlier body of work of 15-30 images with captions.
  • A private or public link to 15-30 images from the proposed project with captions.
  • Budget proposal detailing how the grant money will be put to use. Please note the grant amount cannot be used to purchase new camera equipment or towards the production of a book/exhibition. We encourage photographers to budget for some honorarium as well.

Incomplete applications will be rejected. Email us at for any questions.

The Fine Print:

The duration of the grant is ten months from the date of announcement of the recipient. The recipient is expected to submit 30 images at the end of the grant period, of which at least 20 images must have been produced during the grant period.

The photographer receives INR 1,50,000 immediately upon the announcement of the grant, INR 75,000 upon mid-term review to the satisfaction of the jury and the final INR 75,000 upon submitting the final set of 40 images.The recipient shall be responsible for any tax liability arising from acceptance of the grant.

The recipient keeps all copyright to work produced with the grant's support, but agrees to credit the grant in any online/print publication, exhibition or social media posts for a duration of one year following the end of the grant period.

The recipient also agrees to not publish or exhibit the images from the project during the grant period, before the exhibition at the festival's 2020 edition. This includes any online and social media publications. They may however post updates from the field on their social media channels, mentioning/tagging the IPF handles on the respective platforms.

Providing false or misleading info during the application cycle and failure to abide by the grant's conditions will lead to immediate termination of our association with the recipient and withdrawal of all support.


  • P. Sainath


  • Srinivas Kuruganti


  • Rishi Singhal



  • Call for entries open - 15 July 2019
  • Submission deadline - 24 August 2019
  • Shortlist announcement - 5 September 2019
  • Announcement of winner- 19 September 2019


  • Carol Guzy

    Photo Journalist

  • George Steinmetz

    Photographer - National Geographic

  • Rachael Strecher

    Director of Storytelling Grants and Fellowships at the National Geographic Society

  • Jyothy Karat

    Photographer and Filmmaker

  • Alexa Keefe

    Sr. Photo Editor - National Geographic

  • Richard Drew

    Staff Photographer - AP

  • Senthil Kumaran

    Visual Storyteller

  • Zubeni Lotha


  • Tim Flach


  • Amoghavarsha

    Photographer & Film maker

  • Saumya Khandelwal

    Photographer - National Geographic

  • Zishaan A Latif


  • Gopal MS

    Photographer & Blogger

  • Harikrishna Katragadda


  • Rafique Sayed

    Fine Art Photographer

  • Arko Datto



Travel Photography Workshop



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September is one of the best month to visit Hyderabad. And there is no time like the Indian Photography Festival 2019.

Indian Photography Festival 2019 is a MUST to include in your itinerary whether you are visiting from other parts of India or overseas. The 2019 Festival runs from 19th Sep - 20th Oct 2019

You are invited, from every corner of the world to join us for the Indian Photography Festival 2019.


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 assistance please email


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